The Birthplace at Baystate Franklin Medical Center has received the 2014 Breastfeeding Achievement Award from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH).
This year, the MDPH recognized hospitals that practice skin-to-skin contact in the operating room. Baystate Franklin Medical Center is one of 21 hospitals in Massachusetts that has implemented this approach.
According to the MDPH, skin-to-skin practice is beneficial for newborns in many ways. In addition to improving breastfeeding outcomes, it promotes thermoregulation and stabilization of blood glucose, decreases pain and stress, and regulates heart rate. Skin-to-skin also gives mothers the opportunity to immediately bond with their babies.
Linda Jablonski, MSN, RNC, explained, "When a Cesarean section is necessary, it is important to maintain a patient centered birth experience. The Birthplace was one of the first in the state to implement immediate skin-to-skin contact in the operating room; a practice that is scientifically proven to provide long term physical and emotional benefits for mothers and babies."
State breastfeeding coordinator Ellen Tolan, RD, LDN, IBCLC, commented in a congratulatory letter to Steven Bradley, president, BFMC, "We commend you for the dedication and care that you provide to mothers and newborns."