First Hospital in Southwest Virginia to Receive this International Recognition
Blacksburg, VA, October 2015 – LewisGale Hospital Montgomery recently joined an elite group of U.S. hospitals who have received international recognition as a Baby-Friendly Designated facility, a global program sponsored by the Word Health Organization and United Nations Children’s Fund.
Only 298 facilities nationwide have achieved this distinction. LewisGale is the first facility in Southwest Virginia, and only the seventh hospital in the state to achieve this distinction.
The Baby-Friendly designation means LewisGale provides the optimal level of care for moms and babies by promoting, protecting and supporting breastfeeding. To achieve the award the hospital had to undergo a rigorous onsite survey and demonstrate it follows the programs’ 10 Steps to Successful Breastfeeding initiative. These steps have been proven to help moms breastfeed more successfully.
“We are delighted to receive this prestigious designation because it recognizes years of hard work by our staff and physicians,” said Joy Gilman, Director of Women’s Services, LewisGale Hospital Montgomery. “At LewisGale Hospital Montgomery we strive every day to ensure all of our mothers and babies receive optimal breastfeeding support. At the birthing center this includes supporting extended skin-to-skin time following natural and cesarean births and providing 24 hour rooming to allow mom and baby time to bond and establish breastfeeding.”
LewisGale Hospital Montgomery also has five lactation consultants available seven days a week to help moms during their hospital stay and on an outpatient basis.
For more information about the U.S. Baby-Friendly Hospital initiative, visit www.babyfriendlyusa.org.