PRMC meets criteria for renewal of High 5 for Mom & Baby recognition

PRMC meets criteria for renewal of High 5 for Mom & Baby recognition

The High 5 program incorporates specific maternity care procedures based on the proven health benefits associated with breastfeeding. It was initiated, funded, and is provided at no charge to Kansas hospitals by the Hutchinson-based United Methodist Health Ministry Fund. High 5 for Mom & Baby was developed by the Health Fund in conjunction with the Kansas Breastfeeding Workgroup.
To date, 43 of the 62 hospitals and birth centers around the state that made a commitment to the program have completed the qualifications and earned High 5 for Mom & Baby recognition. To qualify for the annual renewal, PRMC fulfilled 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) or Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC), or having applied for/used the High 5 for Mom & Baby educational support for employee advancement toward becoming an IBCLC; and employee participation in, or review of, a minimum of four High 5 webinars.


Excellence in Maternity Care
In announcing the renewal, High 5 Program Coordinator Gwen Whittit, RN, IBCLC, commended Pratt Regional Medical Center: “You are providing moms and babies in your community with numerous health benefits which will last a lifetime. 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.”
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.