13 August 2009 @ 01:02 pm
Atlanta Medical Center's mother-baby separation policy  
Atlanta Medical Center is currently beginning the process of trying to becoming the first Baby-Friendly hospital in Georgia – to this end, they would have to stop their current practice of mother-baby separation being encouraged by the neonatologist and the nurses. If you would like to see the mother-baby separation ended, please write to the Atlanta Medical Center and tell them how pleased you are that they are trying to become Baby-Friendly certified and how you hope they will implement policies and practices (such as keeping mothers and babies together) that help them reach this goal.

Here is the letter that I am sending using the contact form found here. Please feel free to use it or to modify it to your own needs:

I am writing to urge the Atlanta Medical Center to meet the goals necessary to become Georgia’s first certified Baby-Friendly hospital. By ending practices such as routine mother-infant separation, your facility could put itself at the forefront of encouraging breastfeeding success and providing an environment that serves to strengthen the important bond between new mother and baby. Keeping mothers and infants together during the first days after birth is vital to the establishment of the breastfeeding relationship. The Atlanta-area’s extensive birth and breastfeeding advocacy communities strongly encourage you to continue your efforts towards achieving Baby-Friendly certification and providing Georgia mothers with a positive, supportive option for maternity care.
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[identity profile] lemon-says.livejournal.com on August 13th, 2009 07:42 pm (UTC)
I hope they do get a lot of support on this. Anya was born there and while the care was excellent--and I had at least two nurses who really encouraged and helped with breastfeeding--that first morning they had her in the nursery so long (after her first feeding, at least) that my dad waylaid a nurse in the hall and demanded that they return her.
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[identity profile] twelveoaks.livejournal.com on August 14th, 2009 01:20 pm (UTC)
This sounds like a great idea! What requirements do they have to meet to be considered "Baby-Friendly?"

I had my second at Kennestone with a midwife. They never took her out of the room I was in, and they had a great lactation consultant. Are they not considered baby friendly?
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[identity profile] raving-liberal.livejournal.com on August 14th, 2009 01:33 pm (UTC)

The BFHI promotes, protects, and supports breastfeeding through The Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding for Hospitals, as outlined by UNICEF/WHO. The steps for the United States are:

1 - Maintain a written breastfeeding policy that is routinely communicated to all health care staff.
2 - Train all health care staff in skills necessary to implement this policy.
3 - Inform all pregnant women about the benefits and management of breastfeeding.
4 - Help mothers initiate breastfeeding within one hour of birth.
5 - Show mothers how to breastfeed and how to maintain lactation, even if they are separated from their infants.
6 - Give infants no food or drink other than breastmilk, unless medically indicated.
7 - Practice “rooming in”-- allow mothers and infants to remain together 24 hours a day.
8 - Encourage unrestricted breastfeeding.
9 - Give no pacifiers or artificial nipples to breastfeeding infants.
10 - Foster the establishment of breastfeeding support groups and refer mothers to them on discharge from the hospital or clinic
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[identity profile] holleyberry.livejournal.com on September 22nd, 2009 06:23 pm (UTC)
Hmmm, I think our hospital Emory Eastside fits all of these requirements - except "help mothers initiate breastfeeding within one hour. I don't know exactly what that means, but I had the girls at the breast within the first 20-30 minutes. I was glad that I didn't have a lactation person telling me what to do until the next day.

They don't even have a nursery with the exception of the NICU
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[identity profile] raving-liberal.livejournal.com on August 14th, 2009 01:34 pm (UTC)
And no, Kennestone is not "baby-friendly" certified.
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