WCCH Completes Phase I towards Baby-Friendly Designation

February 16, 2018

Wythe County Community Hospital, Women’s Center has completed its first phase towards becoming a Baby-Friendly designated facility.  
Baby-Friendly USA, a global program sponsored by the World Health Organization and the United States Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is the authority for the implementation of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative.  Years of research has established that breast milk is perfectly suited to nourish infants and protect them from illness. 

“The first phase is called the Discovery Phase and is the first of four phases on the path to a Baby-Friendly designation,” stated Kim Purvis, director of Wythe Women’s Center. “The criteria for this phase included registering with Baby-Friendly USA, submitting a letter of intent and support from our CEO, completing a self-appraisal tool to establish a baseline for our facility in comparison to the baby-friendly process and requirements along with the submission of a facility data sheet which involved tracking several of our processes and practices over specified periods of time.”

Chief Nursing Officer Theresa Dix explains, “This phase is the result of planning and action to make sure our moms and babies are off to a healthy start.  While we have lots more to implement to reach our final goal, we are so proud of the work that our OB nurses and physicians are doing to promote breastfeeding as an option for our mothers and their babies.”

For more information, contact Wythe Women's Center at 276.228.0200.