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Spectrum Health United Hospital receives award


Baby-Friendly USA announced that Spectrum Health United Hospital has received prestigious international recognition as a Baby-Friendly Designated birth facility.

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.

“It is amazing to see how the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative has already begun to transform our culture and the health of the community we serve. We are leading the way for breastfeeding success by our passion and commitment to provide the best quality of care possible,” states Jennifer Peterman, RD, IBCLC, Spectrum Health United Lifestyles.

Therese Alt, obstetrics manager at Spectrum Health United Hospital states, “I am honored to work with a team of staff and providers who are willing to gain new knowledge and implement processes that provide moms with opportunities to be successful at breastfeeding. We are blessed to have optimal care and support for our breastfeeding mothers and babies.”

Kelly Wiersema, MD, with United Hospital Obstetrics and Gynecology says, “We are so excited about all of the positive improvements we have made to help educate and support our breastfeeding moms! A job well done by everyone involved!”

There are more than 20,000 designated Baby-Friendly hospitals and birth centers worldwide, with 193 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.


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