Georgetown University Hospital, Washington, D.C., has been named the most breastfeeding-friendly birthing facility in the District of Columbia by the DC Breastfeeding Coalition.
GUH ranked highest after a DCBFC review that included examining D.C. facilities’ written breastfeeding policy, interviewing healthcare professionals in each facility about breastfeeding practices and policies, and conducting in-depth surveys of each facility’s web site.
The hospital’s lactation services team Amy Bourne, RN, MSN, IBCLC; Gail Flory, RN, IBCLC; Brigitte Hall, RN, MSN, IBCLC; Lynn Jones, MPH, IBCLC; Carol Ryan, RN, MSN, IBCLC, FILCA, manager, lactation services; Elizabeth Starrels, RN, IBCLC; and Linda Watson, RN, IBCLC took part in a Feb. 16 event at GUH to celebrate the honor.
The celebration also was attended by Joyce Johnson, RN, PhD, FAAN, NEA-BC, senior vice president, hospital operations and chief nursing officer at GUH, and Sahira Long, MD, president of DCBFC.Attendees at the GUH ceremony included, from left, Suzanne Haynes, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services; Michal Young, neonatologist; Joyce Johnson; Carol Ryan; Sahira Long; and Karen Watts, RNC, PMP, DC Dept. of Health.
The U.S. Surgeon General’s goal for its Healthy People 2010 initiative is to increase the initiation rate and duration of breastfeeding to 75% postpartum, 50% at six months, and 25% at one year.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports DC’s 2008 breastfeeding rates were 70%, 47%, and 26%, respectively.
GUH’s initiation rates, according to a hospital news release, are at least 90%.