MidState Medical Center, Meriden, Conn., has been named a Baby-Friendly birth facility for the implementation of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative, a global program sponsored by the World Health Organization and UNICEF.
Based on the initiatives Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, the designation recognizes birthing facilities that offer breastfeeding mothers the information, confidence and skills needed to successfully initiate and continue breastfeeding their babies.
“Breastfeeding poses a number of benefits for both mother and baby,” MidState Lactation Care Coordinator Dawn Flohr, RN, BSN, IBCLC, said in a news release. “MidState is so proud to have earned this recognition and is committed to helping new moms breastfeed through education, personalized instruction and support from other mothers,”
As of mid-June, there were 161 active Baby-Friendly hospitals and birth centers in the U.S. and about 20,000 designated Baby-Friendly hospitals and birth centers worldwide. The designation is given after an onsite survey is completed. The award is maintained by continuing to practice the Ten Steps as demonstrated by quality processes.