July 9, 2015 Baby-Friendly USA, announced last week that Marshall Medical
Center had received prestigious international recognition as a Baby-Friendly
Designated birth facility.
Baby-Friendly USA, Inc. is the U.S. authority for the implementation of
the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (“BFHI”), a global program
sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations
Children’s Fund (UNICEF). The initiative encourages and recognizes
hospitals and birthing centers that offer an optimal level of care for
breastfeeding mothers and their babies.
Deena Purdy, Director of Marshall’s Birth Center, said, “This
recognition is a true honor, and sets our Birth Center apart as a world-class
destination for women to give birth. Our experienced and dedicated staff
and physicians have worked tirelessly to ensure our hospital provides
the ideal environment and support for the best in infant feeding.”
Based on the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, this prestigious international
award recognizes birth facilities that offer breastfeeding mothers the
information, confidence and skills needed to successfully initiate and
continue breastfeeding their babies.
There are more than 20,000 designated Baby-Friendly hospitals and birth
centers worldwide. Currently there are 275 active Baby-Friendly hospitals
and birth centers in the United States. The “Baby-Friendly”
designation is given after a rigorous on-site survey is completed. The
award is maintained by continuing to practice the Ten Steps as demonstrated
by quality processes.
Further information about the U.S. Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative is
available at www.babyfriendlyusa.org.
Marshall Medical Center is an independent, nonprofit community healthcare
provider located in the heart of the Sierra Foothills. Marshall Medical
Center includes Marshall Hospital, a fully accredited acute care facility
with 113 beds in Placerville; several outpatient facilities in Cameron
Park, El Dorado Hills and Georgetown; and many community health and education
programs. Marshall has more than 200 board-certified physicians and 1,500
employees providing quality healthcare services to more than 175,000 residents
of El Dorado County.