Student midwives at the University of Wolverhampton have created a special art exhibition to celebrate breastfeeding.
As part of the Baby Friendly Initiative, the University has 27 student ambassadors to raise awareness of breastfeeding, its benefits and the support available to families.
The exhibition at the Walsall Campus features paintings, selfies and sculptures that have been created or shared by students on the BSc (Hons) Midwifery course.
Midwifery Lecturer, Sophie-Louise Finnerty, said: “The new role of Baby Friendly Student Ambassador (BFSA) was created to raise awareness of Baby Friendly principles within the University and local hospital trusts. The Baby Friendly Initiative is revolutionising healthcare for babies, their mothers and families in the UK, as part of a wider global partnership between the World Health Organisation (WHO) and UNICEF.
“The BFSAs wanted to do something to raise awareness and normalise breastfeeding and decided to collect artwork and images for an exhibition. Students and local hospital staff have contributed to the display sending selfies of themselves breastfeeding and designing artwork.”
The exhibition is within the Samuel Johnson Building of the Walsall Campus, and will run throughout this week (w/c Monday 22 October 2018).
There is also a ‘breastfeeding cake’ baked by a Midwifery lecturer that will be raffled, with the proceeds going towards equipment for the infant feeding room at the University.
There are 27 Baby Friendly Student Ambassadors at the University, who represent each local hospital Trust and are drawn from first, second and third year.
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Date Issued: Tuesday, 23 October 2018