Good Samaritan Medical Center Awarded Prestigious Baby-Friendly® Hospital Designation

Monday, September 23, 2013

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One of Only Six Hospitals in Massachusetts to Earn this Designation

Good Samaritan Medical Center has achieved the prestigious Baby-Friendly Hospital designation by Baby-Friendly USA.  This award has been granted to 167 hospitals in the United States and only six in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. 

The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative is a global initiative of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).  It is implemented in the United States by Baby-Friendly USA.

This status is granted to hospitals that demonstrate a high commitment to breastfeeding support and education for its patients.  Hospitals have to undergo a rigorous application process to demonstrate evidence-based maternity care, dedication of staff and physicians, resources and outcomes in breastfeeding to receive the award. 

According to Linda Burke, RN, Patient Care Director for Maternity Services, “Good Samaritan filed a Certificate of Intent to become a Baby Friendly institution in 2007, so it has been a six year process to complete the journey.”  Many clinicians collaborated on this effort including Lactation Consultant Cynthia Vella.  “The nursing staff completed a tremendous amount of work and education to qualify for this award, which is considered the gold standard for maternity care,” added Burke.

Baby-Friendly designated hospitals must demonstrate compliance with the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding (i) and adhere to the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes (ii).

“This award demonstrates Good Samaritan Medical Center’s commitment to top-rated maternity care services,” says Shah Hossain, chief of neonatology at Good Samaritan Medical Center in Brockton and Assistant in Medicine, Division of Newborn Medicine at Boston Children's Hospital.  “Breastfeeding has been proven to provide better outcomes and a lower risk of certain diseases for children,” added Hossain.

“We are pleased to be recognized for our services to our patients and babies that enhance a mother’s ability and knowledge to breastfeed,” said Soheil A-Hanjani MD, FACOG, FACS, Chair, Obstetrics and Gynecology at Good Samaritan Medical Center. “This achievement is due to the focus of the entire care team on education, training and providing support to mothers that encourages the optimal level of care for mother-baby bonding and the best practices for infant feeding.”

For more information on Good Samaritan Medical Center’s Maternity Services, visit Birthing Centers in MA | Good Samaritan Medical Center | Steward Health Care.

i.The Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, Protecting, Promoting and Supporting Breast-feeding: The Special Role of Maternity Services. Geneva: WHO, 1989.
ii. International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes. Geneva: WHO, 1981.

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