By: Sally Howland, RN, Nurse Manager
You might be thinking, of course it is; Signature Healthcare is a great place for moms and babies! Now, you’re not the only one who thinks so.
Recently, Signature Healthcare received international recognition as a Baby-Friendly Designated birth facility from Baby-Friendly USA.
Baby-Friendly USA, Inc is the U.S. authority for the implementation of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative, a global program sponsored by the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). The initiative encourages and recognizes hospitals and birthing centers offering an optimal level of care for breastfeeding mothers and their babies. There are more than 20,000 designated Baby-Friendly hospitals and birth centers worldwide; but, currently, only 481 active Baby-Friendly hospitals and birth centers in the United States.
To receive the “Baby-Friendly” designation, Signature Healthcare underwent a rigorous on-site survey and the award is only maintained by continuing to practice the Ten Steps as demonstrated by quality processes.
I’ll bet you are wondering, what does this mean for you?
We provide breastfeeding education to you and your family prenatally, during your hospital stay, and continue after discharge with our weekly Breastfeeding Support Group and Lactation Consultant appointments as needed. We want you to feel trust in the process and confident in your strength and abilities!
We support placing your baby immediately skin to skin after delivery. We call this the “Golden Hour” where you and your baby finally meet each other and spend time together, uninterrupted.
You will be encouraged to stay together with your baby during your hospital stay (rooming-in) to continue getting to know your baby while getting ongoing support and education from the skilled and caring nursing staff.
We are excited to be recognized for offering the highest quality of maternity care to our patients. Our wonderful staff is looking forward to providing excellent individualized care to every mother and infant who comes to Signature Healthcare.