Marshall Medical Center has been bestowedwith a prestigious international
recognition as a Baby-Friendly Designated birth facility after a rigorous
review process conducted by 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
. The initiative encourages and recognizes hospitals and birthing centers
that offer an optimal level of care for breastfeeding mothers and their babies.
Mary Ann Gulutz, director of Marshall’s Birth Center, said, “The
recognition as Baby Friendly acknowledges Marshall as a world-class destination
for women to give birth. Our experienced and dedicated staff and physicians
continue to work tirelessly to ensure our hospital provides the ideal
environment and support for the best in infant feeding.”
The redesignation fee was generously donated by the Marshall Foundation
for Community Heatlh.
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. Marshall has two lactation consultants
and one lactation counselor on staff to help new moms in their efforts
to breastfeed, and alos provide prenatal education and preparation for