Baby-Friendly USA, has announced that Greater El Monte Community Hospital has received the prestigious and international recognition as a Baby-Friendly Designated birth facility.

“We are honored to receive this prestigious recognition,” said Michael Salcido, Director of Business Development, at Greater El Monte Community Hospital. “Our team is excited to be designated and we will continue to provide this gold standard of maternity care to the community we serve.”

Baby-Friendly USA, Inc is the U.S. authority for the implementation of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (“BFHI”), a global program sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). The initiative encourages and recognizes hospitals and birthing centers that offer an optimal level of care for breastfeeding mothers and their babies. Based on the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, this prestigious international award recognizes birth facilities that offer breastfeeding mothers the information, confidence, and skills needed to successfully initiate and continue breastfeeding their babies.

There are more than 20,000 designated Baby-Friendly hospitals and birth centers worldwide. Currently there are 306 active Baby-Friendly hospitals and birth centers in the United States.  The “Baby-Friendly” designation is given after a rigorous on-site survey is completed. The award is maintained by continuing to practice the Ten Steps as demonstrated by quality processes.

Further information about the U.S. Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative may be obtained by contacting

Baby-Friendly USA, Inc,

125 Wolf Road, Suite 402

Albany, NY 12205

Phone: 518-621-7982   Fax: 518-621-7983

or

Email info@babyfriendlyusa.org. Web: www.babyfriendlyusa.org.

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