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Quality Improvement Initiatives

QCH – CAesarean Section REduction Strategy (QCH – CARES)

In response to the rising rates of Caesarean section births in Ontario, the Childbirth Program at Queensway Carleton Hospital implemented a quality improvement to ensure our patients are receiving the best possible care and service. The QCH – CARES initiative focuses on decreasing the program’s Caesarean section rate, decreasing the rate of induction of labour and the increasing the number of women attempting and successfully delivering their baby vaginally after having a previous Caesarean birth. As a result of the efforts of our entire interdisciplinary team we have been able to reduce our Caesarean section rate from 35% in 2010/11 to 27% in 2013/14. We continue to “push for the best choice” for you and your baby.

More information on Pushing for the Best Choice at QCH

Baby-Friendly Initiative (BFI)

The Baby-Friendly Initiative is a global campaign of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). It was developed to help hospitals and community agencies protect, promote and support breastfeeding. 'The Baby-Friendly Initiative outlines 'best-practice' for those working with pregnant and/or parenting families. Baby-friendly organizations support all families with important infant feeding and infant care practices. Baby-friendly organizations benefit babies, families, society and the environment.


In Canada, the Breastfeeding Committee for Canada (BCC) is responsible for designating hospitals and community health care agencies. Queensway Carleton Hospital supports the World Health Organization’s Baby-Friendly Initiative and is committed to:


  • Helping parents make informed decisions about feeding their baby
  • Supporting all families regardless of their feeding method
  • Recommending breast milk as the only food for babies until they are six months old
  • Recommending breast milk be included in a child’s diet up to two years and beyond
  • Protecting women’s rights to breastfeed anytime, anywhere
  • Working with our community to protect, promote and support breastfeeding

More information on the Baby-Friendly Initiative