Fairview Northland Is Baby Friendly—Officially

Fairview Northland Medical Center is officially Baby Friendly. The medical center has achieved this prestigious designation issued by Baby Friendly USA but developed by UNICEF and the World Health Organization to support policies and practices based on the organizations’ Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding.

A ‘wish come true’

As a lactation consultant, this is a wish come true,” says Fairview Northland Birthplace manager Char DeKraker.“ The Birthplace team of providers and nurses took on the challenge and worked together to make it happen. This is about giving new families the very best care. I’m truly proud of the team.”

Among 296 centers in the nation

The Birthplace at Fairview Northland Medical Center has been working for two years toward the designation, held by just 296 birth centers in the United States and nine in Minnesota.

University of Minnesota Medical Center achieved the designation in 2013. To receive the designation, the hospital met rigorous criteria for educating all moms on the benefits of breastfeeding—ranging from how nurses and providers are educated, to how many moms keep their babies with them in their room during their stay, to the importance of skin to skin contact immediately after birth. Nurses, educators, physicians and administrators work together to bring comprehensive breastfeeding support before, during and after delivery. The hospital also passed a two day on-site visit from Baby Friendly experts.

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