High 5 for Mom & Baby status renewed

High 5 for Mom & Baby status renewed

PRMC Family Birth Suites has met the requirements and received renewal of its High 5 for Mom & Baby status.
The High 5 program -- initiated, funded, and provided at no charge to Kansas hospitals by the United Methodist Health Ministry Fund -- incorporates specific new maternity care procedures based on the proven health benefits associated with breastfeeding, High 5 for Mom & Baby was developed by the Hutchinson-based Health Fund in conjunction with the Kansas Breastfeeding Workgroup.
Sixty-two hospitals and birth centers around the state have made a commitment to the program.
To date, 40 have earned High 5 for Mom & Baby recognition.
To qualify for the annual renewal, a High 5 facility must meet five criteria: completion of the Hospital Self-Assessment with performance ratings of 80% or better throughout; submission of any updated hospital policies pertaining to the High 5 practices; having a staff member who is an International Board of Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), a Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC), or has applied for/used the High 5 for Mom & Baby educational support for employee advancement toward becoming an IBCLC; employee participation in a High 5 Regional Skills Fair; and employee participation in, or review of, a minimum of four High 5 webinars.
Excellence in Maternity Care
In announcing its renewal, High 5 Program Coordinator Gwen Whittit, RN, IBCLC, commended Pratt Regional: “Your ongoing commitment to excellence in maternity care as a recognized High 5 hospital reassures parents planning to breastfeed that they will be in the best possible hands, and most importantly provides moms and babies in your community with numerous health benefits which will last a lifetime. It certainly reflects the spirit of your theme, Excellence with Compassion.”
Whittit reiterated that research indicates a link between not breastfeeding and increased health risks for a baby including high blood pressure, type 1 and 2 diabetes, asthma, ear infections, diarrhea, pneumonia, leukemia, and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Studies also show a definite correlation to childhood and adolescent obesity for those who were not breastfed.
In addition, according to Whittit, mothers derive health benefits including a decreased incidence
of premenopausal breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and type 2 diabetes.
Breastfeeding Best Practices
The five best practices comprising the High 5 for Mom & Baby standards are: assuring immediate,
sustained skin-to-skin contact between mother and baby after birth; giving newborn infants no food or
drink other than breast milk, unless medically indicated; allowing “rooming in” so mothers and infants
can remain together 24 hours a day; not giving pacifiers or artificial nipples to breastfeeding infants;
and providing mothers options for breastfeeding support in the community.
Those interested in learning more about High 5 for Mom & Baby can visit the program’s website:
www.High5Kansas.org.