Baby-Friendly Hospital

Deaconess Women's Hospital has received Baby-Friendly Designation. This is made possible with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The goal of Baby-Friendly is to help breastfeeding mothers reach their infant nutrition goals, thus increasing breastfeeding initiation and duration rates. The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative follows evidence-based maternity care practices for infant nutrition and mother/ baby bonding. By following the 10 steps toward the Baby-Friendly designation, a hospital is removing barriers to breastfeeding within the health care setting and in turn supporting both mom and baby. Click here to view the 10 Steps in detail.

The truth about Baby-Friendly:

  • Baby-Friendly hospitals support all moms no matter how they choose to feed baby.
  • Patients will not have to bring their own formula. For moms who choose not to breastfeed, the hospital will provide them with infant formula.
  • Healthy babies will remain in the room with mom for their care. Newborn assessments, baby's bath, assistance with feeding and physician examinations will be performed in the room.
  • Newborn procedure rooms will be available for infants who require further observation or procedures.

Our patient education materials:

Ready Set Baby Skin to Skin
We're Better Together The Power of Touch

To learn more about what Baby Friendly means for our community, visit