Beverly Hospital has earned “Baby-Friendly” designation from Baby-Friendly USA, a global program sponsored by the World Health Organization and the United States Children’s Fund (UNICEF). The initiative’s goal is to improve health outcomes for mothers and babies through breastfeeding and immediate skin-to-skin bonding.
More than two decades of research have established that breast milk is perfectly suited to nourish infants and protect them from illness. Breast-fed infants have lower rates of hospital admissions, ear infections, diarrhea, rashes, allergies, and other medical problems than bottle-fed babies, says the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
“Beverly Hospital’s staff has worked diligently to earn the baby-friendly designation to help our mothers and their babies experience a healthy start and enhance parent-child bonding immediately following birth,” said Melissa Morita, who led the hospital’s Baby-Friendly Initiative. “Our maternity staff is committed to helping mothers understand the many benefits of breastfeeding by creating a comfortable environment that provides support and guidance.”
Earlier this year, Beverly Hospital reopened its Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), a signature and vital service to the community and a keystone feature of its multi-million dollar, multi-year expansion and renovation program. The level II NICU features a family-friendly center equipped with state-of-the-art technology to care premature and critically ill newborns.