Mercy Health Has the Only Baby-Friendly Hospitals in Cincinnati

(CINCINNATI; March 17, 2014) – The urge to do the best by your kids can start even before they are born, and Mercy Health, which provides advanced, compassionate, quality care in your neighborhood through its care network, can help ensure your newborn has the best possible start at its baby-friendly hospitals in Anderson Township and Fairfield.

Both hospitals recently secured the Baby-Friendly designation once again from Baby-Friendly USA. Mercy Health – Anderson and Fairfield hospitals remain the only Cincinnati hospitals to earn the prestigious designation, earning their first one in 2003. Mercy Health – West Hospital hasn’t yet been in operation long enough to qualify for the designation.

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) launched the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) as a global program in 1991. It encourages and recognizes hospitals and birthing centers that offer an optimal level of care for infant feeding and mother and baby bonding. The BFHI assists hospitals in giving all mothers the information, confidence and skills they need to start and continue breastfeeding their babies or feeding formula safely and gives special recognition to hospitals that have done so.

“To become a Baby-Friendly facility, our Family Birthing Center team took part in a comprehensive and detailed program to ensure that our new moms and their babies benefit from proven feeding practices and mother and child bonding,” said Jasmine Rausch, Nursing Director of the Family Birthing Center at Mercy Health – Anderson Hospital.

“This journey toward Baby-Friendly designation is exciting, challenging and worth it! It creates opportunities to develop high performance work teams and build leadership skills among staff. It also promotes employee pride, enhances patient satisfaction and improves the health outcomes of the newest members of our community,” said Michele Stokes, Nursing Director of the Family Birthing Center at Mercy Health – Fairfield Hospitals.