Hospitals receive prestigious Baby-Friendly designation

Posted on: 2/11/15

INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center, Oklahoma City, and Claremore Indian Hospital have both received the prestigious international recognition as a Baby-Friendly designated birth facility.

The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative is 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 mothers and their babies by providing information, confidence, and skills training. This prestigious international award focuses on breastfeeding education and support, safe infant feeding practices and bonding initiatives like skin-to-skin contact.

Oklahoma currently ranks 44th in overall health according to the 2013 America’s Health Rankings, and 43rd in infant mortality, based on the latest National Center for Health Statistics data. Improving Oklahoma’s breastfeeding outcomes is a key component of Preparing for a Lifetime, an initiative of the Oklahoma State Department of Health to improve infant outcomes and reduce infant mortality.

Evidence is well-established on the short and long-term positive health impact of breastfeeding and lactation on both infant and mother. A new collaborative effort, called the Becoming Baby-Friendly in Oklahoma project, was launched in 2012 to support Oklahoma hospitals in achieving Baby-Friendly designation. 

OHA Partners with Qualivis 

Qualivis was developed as a collaborative effort among multiple state hospital associations to meet the temporary staffing needs of member hospitals and health systems.

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