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Kent Hospital’s Women’s Care Center Receives Baby-Friendly Designation
11/16/2016

Kent Hospital is pleased to announce that it's Women's Care Center has recently received the prestigious international recognition as a Baby-Friendly® Designated birth facility. Kent Hospital, part of Care New England Health System, is the second largest hospital in the state, and offers a modern, warm and inviting setting dedicated to a woman's unique health needs.

Baby-Friendly USA, Inc. is the U.S. authority on 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 promote the best, evidences-based feeding practices for all babies.

"It is an honor to have Kent Hospital recognized as a Baby-Friendly facility," said Rebecca Burke, RN, MS, NEA-BC, vice president patient care services and chief nursing officer at Kent Hospital. "The staff of the Women's Care Center work tirelessly to ensure the best experience for new mothers. Becoming Baby-Friendly recognized, shows the commitment and dedication that our staff has to providing optimal care to breastfeeding mothers and their newborns. Kent Hospital has been working towards best practices and evidence-based national studies to improve the quality, support and the healthiest start to life."

Care New England's Women& Infants Hospital was recognized as a Baby-Friendly Designated birth facility back in August 2015. Women & Infants is the second-largest hospital in the nation to achieve this designation.

Although breastfeeding is one of the most effective preventive health measures for infants and mothers, half of U.S.-born babies are given formula within the first week, and the rates of breastfeeding decline significantly by six months. Best Fed Beginnings sought to reverse these trends by dramatically increasing the number of U.S. hospitals implementing a proven model for maternity services that better supports a new mother's choice to breastfeed.

For more information on Kent Hospital's Women's Care Center, please visit www.kenthospital.org/womenscarecenter

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