Tuesday, February 10, 2015
INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center Receives Prestigious Baby-Friendly Designation
OKLAHOMA CITY – INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center receives prestigious international recognition as a Baby-Friendly designated birth facility. Only two hospitals in the state have achieved this honor: INTEGRIS Baptist and Claremore Indian Hospital.
Baby-Friendly USA is the U.S. authority for the implementation of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative, a global program sponsored by the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s Fund.
The initiative encourages and recognizes hospitals and birthing centers that offer an optimal level of care for mothers and their babies by providing information, confidence, and skills training. This prestigious international award focuses on breastfeeding education and support, safe infant feeding practices and bonding initiatives like skin-to-skin contact.
Oklahoma currently ranks 44th in overall health according to the 2013 America’s Health Rankings, and 43rd in infant mortality, based on the latest National Center for Health Statistics data. Improving Oklahoma’s breastfeeding outcomes is a key component of Preparing for a Lifetime, an initiative of the Oklahoma State Department of Health to improve infant outcomes and reduce infant mortality.
Evidence is well-established on the short and long-term positive health impact of breastfeeding and lactation on both infant and mother. A new collaborative effort, called the Becoming Baby-Friendly in Oklahoma project, was launched in 2012 to support Oklahoma hospitals in achieving Baby-Friendly designation. INTEGRIS is considered a Trailblazer hospital in this effort.
INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center was also the only Oklahoma hospital selected to participate in the Best Fed Beginnings program sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Children’s Health Quality and United States Breastfeeding Committee. Best Fed Beginnings is a first-of-its-kind, nationwide quality improvement initiative to help hospitals improve maternity care and increase the number of Baby-Friendly designated hospitals in the United States.
There are more than 20,000 designated Baby-Friendly hospitals and birth centers worldwide. Currently there are 234 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.
To celebrate this achievement, INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center is holding a hospital-wide celebration to thank everyone for their help and participation in this process.
- DATE: Tuesday, Feb. 17
- TIME: 2 – 4 p.m.
- PLACE: INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center Atrium
Media interested in covering the event should respond to this e-mail or page 405-629-3204.