The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio First in South Texas to Earn Prestigious Baby-Friendly Hospital Designation
February 14, 2018
San Antonio, TX –An international recognition spotlight is now on The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio for creating an environment and culture that supports mother-baby bonding, breastfeeding and best practice in maternity care.
The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio is the first hospital in San Antonio, and among only a select few in the nation, to earn this recognition as a Baby-Friendly Hospital.
The hard-earned designation comes from Baby-Friendly USA, part of a global initiative by the World Health Organization and United Nations Children’s Fund known as UNICEF.
“This designation recognizes the hard work of our dedicated nurses, physicians and many others Associates. They’ve adhered to the highest and most rigorous standards of breastfeeding support and education which benefits San Antonio families who choose The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio for their maternity care,” said Rhonda Thompson, DNP, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, Chief Nursing Officer, The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio. “We recognize there are many hurdles a new mom faces and we are proud to help resolve those by putting mom and baby first in everything we do.”
After several years of implementing best practices, The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio has earned the prestigious international recognition, joining only 428 hospitals out of 5,550 hospitals in the United States to be named a “Baby-Friendly” facility.
Baby-Friendly Hospitals provide mothers with the information, confidence, and skills necessary to successfully initiate and continue breastfeeding their babies or safely feed formula, if desired.
The designation also shows The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio supports and promotes the importance of mother-baby bonding, ensuring mothers are allowed immediate skin-to-skin with their newborns. This skin-to-skin care, otherwise known as “kangaroo” care means baby remains in close contact with the mother for the first 60 to 90 minutes of a baby’s life.
The skin-to-skin contact helps regulate body temperature, slows heart rate and generally promotes a smooth transition for babies from the womb to the world around them. The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio also is set up to support in-room care helping to establish valuable time from the start to help a mother learn her baby’s cues and needs, which results in a smoother transition home.
“Our team is focused on providing guidance and education in a compassionate setting for mothers and their families, so that they have a supportive environment and one that is healthiest for the development of their baby,” said Jennifer White, RN, Lactation Consultant at The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio who helps hundreds of new San Antonio moms feel comfortable in feeding their babies.
“We’re proud of our patient-centered health care. No matter their size, we’re here to serve those babies and are proud to help their families build great lives,” White said.