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APD Recognized as a “Baby-Friendly” Hospital

July 11, 2014

Lebanon, NH –Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital (APD) has been designated a “Baby-Friendly” hospital through 2018 in recognition of its adherence to standards that offer an optimal level of care for infant feeding and mother/baby bonding.

The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative was launched in 1991 by two international organizations—the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)—in an effort to encourage breastfeeding in the wake of well-established evidence that human milk fed through the mother’s breast is the healthiest way for infants to be nourished.

“APD and its Birthing Center has long been recognized as a very special for women who want a caring environment during pregnancy and birth,” said APD President and CEO Susan E. Mooney, MD, MS, FACOG. “We were one of the first eight hospitals in the United States to receive this designation, and today APD is among only six hospitals in New Hampshire and one hospital in Vermont with this recognition.”

According to Baby-Friendly USA, only 7.74% of births in the United States occur in facilities designated to be Baby-Friendly. APD has been recognized as a Baby-Friendly facility since 1997.

The Baby-Friendly initiative recognizes organizations that meet a wide range of guidelines, including successful implementation of “Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding” and the “International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes.” Baby-Friendly USA, Inc. is the accrediting body for the Initiative in the United States, and announced the Baby-Friendly designation to APD earlier this week.

To learn more about the Birthing Center at APD, please visit their website or call (603) 448-7411.

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