Published on April 08, 2019

Essentia Health-Fosston Receives Prestigious Baby-Friendly Designation

Essentia Health-Fosston has received Baby-Friendly designation signifying that it meets the gold standard in breast feeding and bonding practices between mother and child.

This recognition was developed by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization.

“This designation means the best of education for breastfeeding as a life-long health benefit not only for babies but moms as well,” says Essentia Health-Fosston Registered Nurse Kathy Crandall who led the efforts in achieving this designation. “The beauty of this process is that it starts in the clinic with prenatal visits, then follows mom and baby through delivery and comes full circle after discharge when mom and baby are seen once again at the clinic.”

There are more than 560 Baby-Friendly facilities in the United States. The designation is given after a rigorous on-site survey and recognizes hospitals that offer an optimal level of care for breastfeeding mothers and their babies based on the “Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding”.

Baby-Friendly hospitals work to create and honor the “golden hour” after birth when babies begin bonding with their parents. Skin-to-skin contact helps mother and baby physically transition from the birth. The experience helps regulate their heart rates, breathing rates and body temperatures. They look at one another and begin to bond. Babies often want to begin breastfeeding and mothers pick up their cues.

Other Baby-Friendly designated Essentia Health facilities include Essentia Health-Fargo, St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Brainerd, St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth and Essentia Health-Virginia.

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