Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia Earns Recognition As a Designated Baby-Friendly Hospital (2018-2023)
Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia has earned the prestigious international recognition as a Designated Baby-Friendly birth facility.
Baby-Friendly USA, Inc., is the U.S. authority for the implementation of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative, a global program sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations 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 well-respected international award recognizes birth facilities that offer breastfeeding mothers the information and skills needed to successfully initiate and continue breastfeeding their babies. The designation for Einstein Philadelphia was based on results of data collected during a rigorous on-site assessment survey. Criteria for achieving the designation are challenging and are designed to set the standards for the best possible breastfeeding support for mother and infant in the maternity setting.
“Earning Baby-Friendly designation is a tremendous achievement and I am so proud of the team from our Labor & Delivery, Mother/Baby, and other units who were unrelenting in their mission to achieve this status,” says Ruth Lefton, President and Chief Operating Officer for Einstein Healthcare Network.
“There are so many benefits to breastfeeding – babies have fewer infections, there’s reduced risk of developing type I diabetes and other diseases as well as reduced risk of sleep-related death,” says Jane Lodise, MSN, RNC, MNN, CBC, Nurse Manager Mom/Baby Unit and Co-chair of the Baby-Friendly Task Force. “Plus, there are so many advantages to mothers who breastfeed such as decreased risk of diabetes, breast cancer and ovarian cancer, so it’s a win-win for mother and baby.”
There are more than 20,000 designated Baby-Friendly hospitals and birth centers worldwide and 530 in the United States. The designation is for a period of five years (2018-2023), and hospitals with the designation are required to maintain a data tracking system to collect statistics related to the Ten Steps To Successful Breastfeeding.