NEWPORT – Through its Noreen Stonor Drexel Birthing Center, Newport Hospital has again earned the prestigious baby-friendly designation from the World Health Organization and the United Nation’s Children’s Fund.
The designation recognizes the commitment and dedication the hospital and staff embrace for breastfeeding mothers and their babies.
“Earning this re-designation was truly a team effort and is something all of us in the birthing center are committed to each and every day,” said Debra Venancio, manager of maternal and child health at Newport Hospital. “Being recognized as baby-friendly means our moms and their families know that we maintain an environment that promotes, protects and supports breastfeeding.”
The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative, which was launched in 1991, is a global program that encourages and recognizes hospitals and birthing centers that offer an optimal level of care for infant feeding and mother-baby bonding.
Newport Hospital first earned the designation in 2003 and at the time was one of only 40 U.S. hospitals to have achieved it. Today, there are 172 hospitals that have been honored as Baby-Friendly. •