According to UNICEF and the World Health Organization, baby friendly hospitals (BFH) are described as maternity facilities that support successful breastfeeding by the implementation of the 10 steps outlined by the BFH initiative. Only 108 hospitals in the entire country have earned BFH status.
The Pregnancy and Birth Center at Middlesex Hospital in Middletown, Connecticut is one of only three of these facilities in the state. According to the Middletown Press, doctors attribute the awarding of this designation to the dedication of its nurses and the hard work they have put in to meeting these guidelines.
According to Dr. Cliff O’Callahan, who runs the nursery at Middlesex Hospital, it “is very, very hard” to meet the requirements necessary to be designated a BFH. “It really depends on nurses,” he said, as reported by the news source.
Nurses at The Pregnancy and Birth Center at the Middlesex Hospital, such as nurse practitioner Mary Marshall-Crim, serve in the capacity of lactation consultants and maternity specialists. In order to become certified in either of these areas, individuals are required to complete additional training after they receive their nursing degree.