Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital Receives Prestigious International Baby-Friendly® Designation
THE WOODLANDS, TEXAS (January27,
The Woodlands Hospital has received prestigious international recognition
as a Baby-Friendly® Designated birth facility byBaby-Friendly USA, Inc. Only four hospitals in the greater Houston
area, including Children’s
Memorial Hermann Hospital have received the designation.
recognition is an outstanding honor and achievement for our staff and
affiliated physicians,” said Josh Urban, Senior Vice President and CEO of
Memorial Hermann The Woodlands. “We are steadfastly committed to providing the
highest quality expert care to our mothers and infants.”
Baby-Friendly USA, Inc is the
U.S. authority for the implementation of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative
(“BFHI”), a global program sponsored by the World
Health Organization (WHO) and the United
Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). The initiative encourages and recognizes
hospitals and birthing centers that offer an optimal level of care for
breastfeeding mothers and their babies.
Based on the Ten Steps to
Successful Breastfeeding, this prestigious international award recognizes birth
facilities that offer breastfeeding mothers the information, confidence, and
skills needed to successfully initiate and continue breastfeeding their babies.
“Baby-Friendly recognition is
only given to facilities who earn it by meeting challenging criteria that
ultimately benefits mothers, their newborns and our community,” said Catherine
Giegerich, Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer at Memorial Hermann The
Woodlands. “The standards are designed to provide the best possible support for
mothers and the best nutritional start possible for infants.
prepare for the designation process, Memorial Hermann The Woodlands
participated in the Best Fed Beginnings initiative, run by the National
Institute for Children’s Health Quality (NICHQ) and the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC). Best Fed Beginnings was a first-of-its-kind,
nationwide quality improvement initiative to help a select 89 hospitals across
the country, of which Memorial Hermann The Woodlands and Children’s Memorial
Hermann Hospital were part of, to improve maternity care and increase the
number of Baby-Friendly designated hospitals in the United States.
There are more than 20,000 designated
Baby-Friendlyhospitals and birth centers worldwide. Currently there
are 326 active Baby-Friendly hospitals and birth centers in the United
States. The “Baby-Friendly” designation
is given after a rigorous on-site survey is completed. The award is maintained
by continuing to practice the Ten Steps as demonstrated by quality processes.