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CMC Officially designated a Baby-Friendly™ hospital

Oct 14, 2014—Catholic Medical Center (CMC) has been designated as Baby-Friendly in recognition of its achievements in supporting mothers in the feeding of their newborn babies.

“We are thrilled to have earned this important designation,” said Nicole Pendenza, BSN, RNC-NIC, Director of Maternal, Child and Women's Health. “The designation is further evidence of CMC’s well deserved local and national reputation for excellence and quality in women and infant services.”

CMC offers breastfeeding support for new mothers throughout their hospital stay, during the day and at night. The hospitals’ comprehensive birthing programs also help prepare parents for breastfeeding success with educational classes and access to lactation specialists.

Pendenza says this two-year long journey to achieve the Baby-Friendly designation would not have been possible without the efforts of CMC’s dedicated staff and providers at the Mom’s Place, Special Care Nursery and Pregnancy Care Center, who make sure moms and their babies are off to a healthy start.

CMC is the seventh hospital in New Hampshire and the first hospital in Manchester to earn the Baby-Friendly designation from Baby-Friendly USA, Inc. the accrediting body for the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative in the United States. The designation recognizes hospital and birthing centers that offer an optimal level of care for infant feeding and mother/baby bonding.

Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative is a global program that launched in 1991 by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). Hospital and birthing centers that earn Baby-Friendly status have successfully met the comprehensive Baby-Friendly USA guidelines and evaluation criteria, including the implementation of the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding and the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk substitutes.


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