St. Francis Medical Center Receives Prestigious Baby-Friendly Re-Designation
Dec 20, 2019 | St. Francis News
St. Francis Medical Center is proud to announce that it has achieved the highly prestigious international Baby-Friendly Re-Designation after a rigorous review process conducted by Baby-Friendly USA, the organization responsible for bestowing this certification in the United States.
This distinguished honor demonstrates that St. Francis is adhering to the highest standards of care for breastfeeding mothers and their babies. These standards are built on the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, a set of evidence-based practices recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) for optimal infant feeding support in the precious first days of a newborn’s life.
“We are extremely proud to be recognized for the hard work of our team members throughout the Baby-Friendly process,” said Sylvia Bavarsad, BSN, RNC-NIC, IBCLC, St. Francis Medical Center Baby-Friendly coordinator and lactation consultant/maternity educator. “St. Francis is committed to providing the support, education and resources moms need to successfully initiate breastfeeding and continue breastfeeding when they leave our care.”
The positive health effects of breastfeeding are well documented and widely recognized by health authorities throughout the world. For example, the Surgeon General’s 2011 Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding stated that “Breast milk is uniquely suited to the human infant’s nutritional needs and is a live substance with unparalleled immunological and anti-inflammatory properties that protect against a host of illnesses and diseases for both mothers and children.”
St. Francis joins a growing list of more than 20,000 Baby-Friendly hospitals and birth centers throughout the world, 597 of which are in the United States. These facilities provide an
environment that supports breastfeeding while respecting every woman’s right to make the best decision for herself and her family.
“St. Francis has long been a recognized leader in the care of women and newborns,” said Eleanor Ramirez, RN, PHN, BSN, MS, St. Francis Medical Center president and CEO. “This designation is a tribute to our commitment to ensuring that every woman who delivers a baby at our facility is given the resources, information and support needed to help her and her baby get the best, healthiest start in life.”