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The Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) global program was introduced by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in 1991. This initiative encourages hospitals and birthing centers to offer the best possible care for infant feeding and mother-baby bonding. BFHI recognizes and awards facilities who effectively implement the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding.
St. Joseph’s Hospital was awarded Baby Friendly status in 2009, after several years of a comprehensive, detailed and thorough journey toward excellence. This journey was exciting and challenging. It created many opportunities to develop teamwork and skills among staff and providers. It helped promote employee pride, enhanced patient satisfaction and continues to improve health outcomes for mother and baby.
St. Joseph’s Hospital is committed to giving all mothers the information, confidence and skills necessary to successfully initiate and continue breastfeeding their babies, or safely feed formula. Patient education about infant feeding is initiated in the outpatient setting at early prenatal visits, and continues through the hospital stay and even after discharge through our outpatient Lactation Support Center. Patients and employees are assisted, as needed, one on one by one of five International Board Certified Lactation Consultants.
We are currently working on re-designation of Baby Friendly status, which is due in 2014. Maternal Child Nurses look forward to continuing our relationship with Baby Friendly USA. We are confident that our hard work will result in consistent high quality care and produce the best health outcomes for mothers and babies here at St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center. Stay tuned for more news on our Baby Friendly outcomes!
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