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International Recognition of Baby Friendly Hospital January 18, 2018


What does Baby Friendly mean?

The designation comes from a subsidiary of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).  The global program is designed to encourage the implementation of the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding and the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes.

The CHRISTUS St. Elizabeth team couldn’t be prouder.  They’re the only hospital in Beaumont to get this recognition and of 5,550 hospitals in the United States, only 428 are active Baby-Friendly hospitals or birth centers. CHRISTUS St. Elizabeth moms helped by giving us a more personal take on what Baby Friendly actually means. We asked for stories. Plenty of our Southeast Texas moms delivered (both figuratively and literally). Below are some of their great birth stories.