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Columbus hospital earns ‘baby-friendly’ honor

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Columbus Regional Health is officially designated as a baby-friendly hospital.

There are 195 Baby-Friendly hospitals in the United States. Columbus Regional Health is one ofonly six in Indiana.

This prestigious designation comes as part of the international Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative(BFHI), a program sponsored by the World Health Organization and UNICEF, to encourage and recognize hospitals and birthing centers that offer the optimal level of care for breastfeeding mothers and their babies. Columbus Regional Health’s Birthing Center has been working toward the baby-friendly designation for more than three years, undergoing most recently a rigorous site visit and survey byBaby-Friendly USA.

The organization is the United States authority on and accrediting body of the implementation of the global BFHI program.

A baby-friendly designation means Columbus Regional Health follows a series of guidelines, practices and policies that offer every mother the information, confidence and skills needed to successfully initiate and continue breastfeeding their babies, and assists mothers who cannot or choosenot to breastfeed with the information and skills to alternatively feed their babies safely.

The guidelines include following an evidence-based ten-step process, that supports bonding between babies and parents, education on safe and healthy feeding practices and ongoing care of babies. Following the established ten-step process supports lifetime health benefits for both moms and babies.




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