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Baby-Friendly™ Hospital Initiative

The Childbirth Center at St. Joseph Hospital has received prestigious, international recognition as a Baby-Friendly™ hospital. St. Joseph Hospital is one of only 55 hospitals and birth centers in the United States to have earned this distinction and the only Baby-Friendly hospital in southern New Hampshire.

What is the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative?

The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) is an international program of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) that is designed to increase breastfeeding rates globally. It recognizes hospitals and birth centers that provide an optimal environment for the promotion, protection, and support of breastfeeding by implementing and following BFHI's "Ten Steps" quality process. For more information, visit the BFHI website at www.babyfriendlyusa.org.

The BFHI assists in giving mothers the information, confidence, and skills needed to successfully initiate and continue to breastfeed for at least six months. This practice coincides with the American Academy of Pediatrics' policy statement announcing that exclusive breastfeeding is the ideal nutrition for approximately the first six months of a baby's life.

Our pledge to you

It is our priority to support and guide you as you make decisions for your newborn. At the Childbirth Center, we respect your choice of method for feeding your baby. No matter what you choose, we have many resources available to increase your confidence to bring your new baby home. Please don't hesitate to come to us with any questions or concerns.