Family Birth Suites Successfully Completed a CDC Training Initiative Aimed at Supporting Optimal Infant Nutrition

Family Birth Suites Successfully Completed a CDC Training Initiative Aimed at Supporting Optimal Infant Nutrition

Pratt, KS  — Pratt Regional Medical Center is among the first hospitals in the nation to successfully complete the EMPower Training initiative, a skills-based competency training to advance knowledge and skills in evidence-based maternity practices supportive of optimal infant nutrition. 

 Funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the EMPower Training initiative is committed to safe implementation of maternity care practices to support optimal infant nutrition, including breastfeeding, toward the ultimate goal of improving the public’s health.  

 Joining this initiative was crucial in the success of our Baby Friendly journey.  Kelsi Younger and Maranda Rebel attended a training which provided resources needed to develop a skills-based competency to provide the best support to our mothers and their infants.  100% of the nurses working in the Family Birth Suites have successfully completed the skills-based competency, which will only add to the excellent care we already provide to our community.

 As part of this effort, Pratt Regional Medical Center committed to training staff in accordance with the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) guidance outlined in the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding. With the help of the EMPower Training initiative, Pratt Regional Medical Center is now equipped with skills needed to help support mothers in the safe implementation of optimal infant nutrition.

 The EMPower Team is led by Abt Associates, Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute, and the Center for Public Health Quality.