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'The Business of Health Care Report'

Texas Health Allen Designated Baby-Friendly
02/02/2009

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I’m Doug Hawthorne, CEO of Texas Health Resources, with “The Business of Health Care Report.”

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen has been designated a "Baby-Friendly Hospital" by the World Health Organization, recognizing its comprehensive approach to supporting breastfeeding of newborns. Texas Health Allen is the first and only hospital in Texas to receive this distinction and the 68th in the nation.

An international program sponsored by the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children's Fund, the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative is designed to encourage and acknowledge hospitals and birthing centers that offer an optimal level of care for lactation.

In its 2008 Breastfeeding Report Card, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lauds the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative, saying that new mothers are significantly impacted by their respective birth facilities when deciding whether to breastfeed and how long to continue. The CDC encourages breastfeeding because of its many known benefits for infants, children and new mothers.

To achieve Baby-Friendly status, hospitals must successfully implement and follow 10 steps that include starting breastfeeding in the first hour of life, extensive employee training, and providing outpatient support after discharge.

Congratulations to The Family Birthplace at Texas Health Presbyterian Allen for being the first and only facility in Texas designated Baby-Friendly.

For Texas Health Resources and its faith-based family of hospitals, Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Harris Methodist, and Texas Health Arlington Memorial, I’m Doug Hawthorne.

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