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CRH deemed "baby-friendly"

Columbus Regional Health is officially "baby-friendly."

That designation comes as part of the international Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI), a program sponsored by the World Health Organization and United Nationals Children's Fund that encourages and recognizes hospitals and birthing centers that offer the optimal level of care for breastfeeding mothers and their babies.

CRH Public Relations Specialist Kelsey DeClue says the Columbus Regional Health Birthing Center has been working toward the baby-friendly goal for more than four years, undergoing most recently a rigorous site visit and survey by Baby-Friendly USA. She says the organization is the United States authority on and accrediting body of the implementation of the global BFHI program.

A baby-friendly designation means that CRH follows a series of guidelines, practices and policies that offer breastfeeding mothers the information, confidence and skills needed to successful initiate and continue breastfeeding their babies, and assists mothers who cannot or choose not to breastfeed with the information and skills to alternatively feed their babies properly.

DeClue say that there are 195 baby-friendly hospitals in the U.S. She adds that Columbus Regional Health is one of only six in Indiana.

Last Updated: Wednesday, August 13, 2014 3:54:43 PM

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