499. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Health the way in which he plans to adhere to the baby friendly health initiative. (Question 32786/17 asked on 11 Jul 2017 - Maternity Services)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Catherine Byrne): I propose to take Questions Nos. 499, 500, 504 and 505 together.
The Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) was launched by WHO and UNICEF in 1991 and is a global effort to implement practices that protect, promote and support breastfeeding. In Ireland the initiative has been in place for 20 years and there are 19 maternity hospitals countrywide, 9 of which have Baby Friendly designation.
In 2016, the HSE, who fund the in...

500. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Health the body which ensures that the maternity hospitals achieve the baby friendly health initiative. (Question 32787/17 asked on 11 Jul 2017 - Maternity Services)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Catherine Byrne): I propose to take Questions Nos. 499, 500, 504 and 505 together.
The Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) was launched by WHO and UNICEF in 1991 and is a global effort to implement practices that protect, promote and support breastfeeding. In Ireland the initiative has been in place for 20 years and there are 19 maternity hospitals countrywide, 9 of which have Baby Friendly designation.
In 2016, the HSE, who fund the in...

501. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Health the way the HSE plans to fund an accreditation unit for the baby friendly health initiative. (Question 32788/17 asked on 11 Jul 2017 - Maternity Services)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Catherine Byrne): I propose to take Questions Nos. 501 to 503, inclusive, together.
As the Deputy’s question relates to service matters, I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.
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502. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Health the reason Galway national maternity hospital, Mullingar maternity hospital and Portlaoise maternity hospital have lost their baby friendly health initiative certification. (Question 32789/17 asked on 11 Jul 2017 - Maternity Services)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Catherine Byrne): I propose to take Questions Nos. 501 to 503, inclusive, together.
As the Deputy’s question relates to service matters, I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.
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503. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Health the communication the HSE has had with the baby friendly hospital initiative; and the role the HSE plans to play in the implementation of the baby friendly hospital initiative in the 2016-21 breastfeeding action plan. (Question 32790/17 asked on 11 Jul 2017 - Maternity Services)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Catherine Byrne): I propose to take Questions Nos. 501 to 503, inclusive, together.
As the Deputy’s question relates to service matters, I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.
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504. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Health the national policy for baby friendly hospitals for all maternity hospitals if the baby friendly hospital initiative is not included in the breastfeeding action plan. (Question 32791/17 asked on 11 Jul 2017 - Maternity Services)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Catherine Byrne): I propose to take Questions Nos. 499, 500, 504 and 505 together.
The Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) was launched by WHO and UNICEF in 1991 and is a global effort to implement practices that protect, promote and support breastfeeding. In Ireland the initiative has been in place for 20 years and there are 19 maternity hospitals countrywide, 9 of which have Baby Friendly designation.
In 2016, the HSE, who fund the in...

505. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Health the reason fewer hospitals are participating in baby friendly health initiative accreditation. (Question 32792/17 asked on 11 Jul 2017 - Maternity Services)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Catherine Byrne): I propose to take Questions Nos. 499, 500, 504 and 505 together.
The Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) was launched by WHO and UNICEF in 1991 and is a global effort to implement practices that protect, promote and support breastfeeding. In Ireland the initiative has been in place for 20 years and there are 19 maternity hospitals countrywide, 9 of which have Baby Friendly designation.
In 2016, the HSE, who fund the in...

194. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Health his plans to implement co-sleeping beds in the new national maternity hospital being built on the St. Vincent’s campus; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 29162/17 asked on 21 Jun 2017 - Maternity Services Provision)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 194 to 196, inclusive, together.
In relation to the particular query raised, as this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly. 
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195. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Health the guidelines the HSE plans to introduce and promote regarding co-sleeping between the newborn baby and mother; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 29163/17 asked on 21 Jun 2017 - Maternity Services Provision)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 194 to 196, inclusive, together.
In relation to the particular query raised, as this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly. 
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196. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Health the HSE’s policy regarding co-sleeping of baby and mother in maternity hospitals; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 29164/17 asked on 21 Jun 2017 - Maternity Services Provision)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 194 to 196, inclusive, together.
In relation to the particular query raised, as this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly. 
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202. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Health the hospitals that supply baby boxes for newborn babies; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 29170/17 asked on 21 Jun 2017 - Maternity Services Provision)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 202 to 204, inclusive, together.
In relation to the particular query raised, as this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly.
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203. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Health his plans to provide baby boxes in all maternity hospitals; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 29171/17 asked on 21 Jun 2017 - Maternity Services Provision)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 202 to 204, inclusive, together.
In relation to the particular query raised, as this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly.
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204. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Health the contents of each of the sets of baby boxes; and if the sets provide breastfeeding support items. (Question 29172/17 asked on 21 Jun 2017 - Maternity Services Provision)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 202 to 204, inclusive, together.
In relation to the particular query raised, as this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly.
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