Two More Indian Health
Service Hospitals Designated as
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Washington DC: Two more Indian Health Service hospitals have been certified as Baby-Friendly facilities: Claremore Indian Hospital (OK) and Phoenix Indian Medical Center (AZ). They are the first hospitals in their states to receive this prestigious designation.
This makes a total of five IHS facilities belonging to the Indian Health Service's Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative. Three other Indian Health Service facilities were certified in 2012. They are the only hospitals in their respective states to be designated as Baby-Friendly: Quentin N. Burdick Memorial Health Care Facility, Pine Ridge Hospital (SD), Rosebud Indian Hospital (SD)
The IHS's Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative promotes breastfeeding to reduce the baby's risk of developing obesity and diabetes in the future. New mothers receive information, confidence, and skills to help them begin, and continue, breastfeeding their babies.
"We are pleased and proud that IHS hospitals are setting the standard for maternity care in so many states," said Dr. Yvette Roubideaux, acting director of the IHS. "Our work shows how this initiative can succeed in populations that will most benefit from the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative."
Breastfeeding initiation rates at these five Baby-Friendly Hospitals are in the 90th percentile for breastfeeding. In addition, exclusive breastfeeding rates are climbing.
The Indian Health Service hopes all IHS obstetric facilities will be certified as Baby Friendly by the end of 2014.
The Baby-Friendly initiative is part of Michelle Obama's "Let's Move! in Indian Country" program. "Let's Move" is an effort to solve childhood obesity within a generation.
The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative is administered by the World Health Organization and the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund. It is an evidence-based practice care model designed to protect and promote breastfeeding as the safest, healthiest way to nourish babies.
The initiative recognizes and awards birthing facilities that successfully implement the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding.
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