Fairview Range Medical Center Receives Globally Recognized Baby-Friendly Hospital Designation

This international award recognizes birth facilities offering breastfeeding mothers the encouragement, information, and skills needed to successfully initiate and continue breastfeeding their babies.

Fairview Range joins an elite group of hospitals that have received international recognition as a Designated Baby-Friendly birth facility, giving expectant mothers extra reassurance they are receiving the best possible care.

The recognition, developed by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization, reflects Fairview Range’s uncompromising commitment to offering optimal levels of care for mother and baby.

“We are so proud to have achieved Baby-Friendly designation,” said Caren Hardy, Director of Surgical Services and Women’s Health & Birth Center at Fairview Range. “The hard work and commitment given by our Women’s Health and Birth Center Team is duly noted by receiving the Baby-Friendly Certification, and demonstrates Fairview Range’s commitment to continually improving the health and well-being of women and infants.”

This international award recognizes birth facilities offering breastfeeding mothers the encouragement, information, and skills needed to successfully initiate and continue breastfeeding their babies.

“We plan to continue our work with partners in our community, such as Public Health, to support families’ commitment to breastfeeding,” said Amy Tuthill, Nurse Practitioner in Women’s Health at Fairview Range. “This partnership has been an integral part of the long process of achieving Baby-Friendly status and supporting strong and healthy communities.”

Data shows significant health benefits for infants who breastfeed and their mothers. Breast milk provides several health advantages beginning at birth and continuing over a lifetime. These include a stronger immune system and fewer respiratory illnesses, ear infections and gastrointestinal issues and reduced risk of sudden infant death syndrome.

Benefits to moms include more rapid weight loss and reduced risk of high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes and acquiring ovarian and breast cancer later in life.

In addition, Fairview Range knows the first moments after a newborn’s birth is a very special time for babies and parents. As part of the Baby Friendly Initiative, most babies spend the first hour after birth with mom instead of spending much of their time in the nursery.

This “Golden Hour” encourages a new mom to hold her baby immediately after delivery providing continuous and uninterrupted skin-to-skin bonding time. During this time, non-essential procedures, such as weighing the baby, are delayed. The Golden Hour is important in many ways, including facilitating the initiation of breastfeeding.

Derek DuSold, Patient Care Supervisor at Fairview Range, commented, “We’ve worked hard to provide education, support and care to new mothers and their babies to ensure they get a healthy start. Every aspect of our care has been improved by the pursuit of this designation and reflects our passion in doing the best we can for those we serve.”

“This recognition reflects Fairview Range’s commitment to providing excellent care for growing families,” said Patrick Sharp, President and CEO at Fairview Range, “and comes after a lengthy and rigorous review process. We are all extremely proud of our staff and happy for our community.”

For more information about Fairview Range’s Women’s Health and Birth Center, please call 218-362-6641 or visit www.fairview.org/range.

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