CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital-New Braunfels has earned Texas Ten Step Program facility designation from the Texas Department of State Health Services for the 12th consecutive year. The Birthing Center at CSRHNB first received the designation in 2003 and has been renewed every year since the programs inception, according to a news release.
Kathy Parkes, RN, IBCLC, and Deborah Ehrhardt, BA, IBCLC, are internationally board certified lactation consultants who provide classes and one-on-one consulting to moms-to-be and new moms. Ehrhardt stocks a full-range of products for moms to purchase or rent to support their breastfeeding efforts. Items include nursing bras, pillows and breast pumps.
We offer support to breastfeeding moms 24 hours a day, seven days a week, Ehrhardt said in the release. Skin-to-skin contact while breastfeeding is extremely important for newborns, and it enables moms to develop a strong connection with their new baby.
Based on the World Health Organization and UNICEFs Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, the program aims to assist birthing facilities support of breastfeeding mothers before, during and after delivery; encourages birthing centers to identify breastfeeding resources for the mother after she is discharged; and assists facilities in improving on national performance measures such as the Centers for Disease Controls Breastfeeding Report Card. The goal of the Texas Ten Step Program is to have 82% of infants exclusively breastfeeding when discharged.