NEW: Newport Hospital One of Most “Baby-Friendly” Worldwide
Friday, January 31, 2014
UNICEF and the WHO designate those hospitals as "Baby-Friendly" that maintain an optimal level of care for breastfeeding and mother/child bonding. Newport Hospital earned the designation by maintaining a stringent set of criteria designed to promote infant health, especially educating and encouraging new mothers when it comes to breastfeeding.
Newport Hospital first received the WHO's honor in 2003, when they were one of only 40 hospitals in the U.S. to qualify. The hospital was pleased to once again be recognized. "Earning this re-designation was truly a team effort and is something all of us in the birthing center are committed to each and every day," said Debra Venancio, R.N., who is manager of maternal and child health at Newport Hospital. "Being recognized as Baby-Friendly means our mom and their families know that we maintain an environment that promotes, protects and supports breastfeeding."
For more information about Newport Hospital's Noreen Stonor Drexel Birthing Center, in addition to its classes and support groups, visit their website, www.newporthospital.org/birthing-center.
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