CTMC designated mother-friendly

CTMC was recently redesignated as a Texas 10-Step Program hospital. The status recognizes hospitals that are aligned with the 10 Steps to Successful Breastfeeding. The designation is awarded to facilities that are committed to improving breastfeeding outcomes and are Texas Mother-Friendly Worksites. PHOTO COURTESY OF CTMC

CTMC is proud to announce its redesignation as a Texas 10-Step Program hospital. The status recognizes hospitals that are aligned with the 10 Steps to Successful Breastfeeding. The designation is awarded to facilities that are committed to improving breastfeeding outcomes and are Texas Mother-Friendly Worksites.

“Our nurses are passionate about the benefits of breastfeeding and want to support all mothers who choose this path," Avis Harris-Caldwell, director of CTMC’s Women’s Center, said. "We’ve created a nurturing environment for moms and dads to learn about breastfeeding and leave for home with confidence in their skills.”

The ten steps CTMC has implemented to support parents in their breastfeeding goals include:

  1. Establish a breastfeeding policy
  2. Train healthcare staff in breastfeeding support skills
  3. Inform pregnant women about the benefits and management of breastfeeding
  4. Help mothers initiate breastfeeding within an hour of birth. Place babies skin-to-skin immediately following birth for at least an hour.
  5. Show mothers how to breastfeed and how to maintain lactation even if separated from their babies (such as NICU).
  6. Do not offer breastfeeding infants food or drink other than breastmilk unless medically indicated.
  7. Rooming in – allow moms and babies to remain together 24 hours a day.
  8. Encourage breastfeeding on demand.
  9. Do not offer artificial nipples or pacifiers to breastfeeding infants.
  10. Foster breastfeeding support groups.

“We recognize the long-term benefits breastfeeding brings to our youngest Texans and we are committed to giving them the best opportunity for a breastfeeding start in life," Elsie Graves, chief nursing officer for CTMC, said. "Almost 1,000 babies are born at CTMC each year and our Women’s Center nurses are well equipped to meet their needs.”

CTMC, which originated in 1923 as Hays County Soldiers, Sailors and Marines Memorial Hospital, opened at its current Wonder World Drive location in 1983. The CTMC staff of more than 700 employees works with more than 300 active and consulting physicians to provide quality services to patients and their families.

In addition to interventional cardiac services, CTMC is a Certified Chest Pain Center and an accredited Primary Stroke Center. CTMC leads the region in da Vinci roboticassisted surgery and offers a variety of specialty care services including medical imaging, rehabilitation, home health care, hospice, women’s services and more. For more information, follow CTMC on Facebook and Twitter or visit their website.

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