Beebe Healthcare in Lewes, Del., recently announced that it has earned the designation as a Baby-Friendly Hospital.
According to a news release, Beebe Healthcare is the first organization in Delaware to earn this international designation, launched as part of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative in 1991 by the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s Fund. It recognizes birthing centers that successfully implement the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding and the International Code of Marketing of Breast-Milk Substitutes. BFHI promotes practices that protect, promote and support breastfeeding, and has been implemented in more than 152 countries.
Earning the designation is a process that includes many steps, such as lactation education for maternity nurses, neonatal nurse practitioners, midwives, pediatricians, and obstetricians, said Nancy Hastings, RN, IBCLC, in the release. Hastings has worked in womens health at Beebe for more than 30 years.
Through this initiative we improved our policies and adopted evidence-based maternity care practices. And though we officially received the designation on Jan. 31, we have been following these practices for more than two years, Hastings said in the release.
We have a strong commitment throughout Delaware to bring optimal healthcare to our babies.
The Beebe Womens Health Pavilion is staffed by 30 maternity nurses, a lactation consultant, four neonatal NPs, four midwives, five certified nursing assistants, seven obstetricians and two pediatricians. About 900 babies are born at Beebe each year.