INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana – Franciscan Health Indianapolis has been designated as a Baby-Friendly® Hospital by the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children's Fund.
The initiative, which was authorized by Baby-Friendly USA, recognizes hospitals and birthing centers that offer an optimal level of care for breastfeeding mothers and their babies. Specifically, the hospital was cited for offering breastfeeding mothers the information, confidence and skills needed to successfully initiate and continue breastfeeding their babies.
"This recognition reflects on the hard work and quality of care provided to the mothers and babies we are privileged to serve," said Lori Warner, administrative director for Women & Children’s Services in Central Indiana. "We are blessed to have such an amazing team of staff and physicians who positively impact patient care."
Warner credited Rene Atkins, RN, for her "countless hours of work" over the years in educating mothers and staff. Atkins serves as a certified lactation consultant for the hospital and has been recognized for her efforts by the Indiana Perinatal Network and other organizations.
"Achievement of this designation is not an easy task," said Trish MacEnroe, executive director for Baby-Friendly USA. "The criteria, which are based WHO/UNICEF international guidelines, are challenging and are designed to set the standards for the best possible breastfeeding support for mother and infant in a maternity setting."
There are more than 20,000 Baby-Friendly hospitals and birthing centers worldwide. There are 503 such facilities in the United States, and Franciscan Health is among only a handful in Indiana having earned the designation.
Franciscan Health Indianapolis' award-winning providers serve the unique needs of women and children throughout central Indiana by offering labor & delivery, postpartum, neonatal intensive care (NICU) and pediatric services all at the same location. It is the only hospital in south-central Indiana with a Level III NICU.
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