Merit Health Madison
Receives Prestigious International Award
Albany, NY- Baby-Friendly USA, announces that Merit Health Madison has received prestigious international recognition as a Designated Baby-Friendly 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. 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-Friendlyhospitals and birth centers worldwide. Currently there are 539 active Baby-Friendly
hospitals and birth centers in the United States. The “Baby-Friendly” re-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.