RICHMOND, Ind. — Reaching Baby-Friendly status took the Reid Health staff three years, which was two years sooner than the average hospital.
On Aug. 1, the baby department got a new name: Reid Health Family Birthing Center.
Bringing newborns safely into the world is still its primary function, but the facility has expanded its mission to include teaching the whole family about infant care, said Stephanie Field, clinic manager of Women and Children Services.
Last year Reid Health employed certified nurse-midwife Kristi James. The midwife program is so popular a second nurse-midwife will be added to meet the needs of families who want a different birthing experience, Field said.
William Black, pediatric section chief at Reid Health, said he supports the direction the department is taking.
“The continuing addition of family-focused services at the center are ensuring the best overall experience while having a direct impact on the health and safety of moms and babies,” Black said in a statement. “The better informed the entire family is about the birth experience, how to help the mother and improve awareness of issues such as as safe sleep for the baby, the better the outcomes we will have.”
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