The Chris Coons Women’s Care Center at Hannibal Regional Hospital, Missouri’s first Baby-FriendlyTM birth facility, provides a comfortable homelike setting for the birth of your child. The Chris Coons Women’s Care Center fosters a culture of family-centered maternity care which combines a safe medical environment and education to prepare new parents to care for their baby with confidence.
Please call (573) 248-5170 if you have questions. Let the Chris Coons Women’s Care staff at Hannibal Regional Hospital help you feel more confident about childbirth and parenthood.
Proud to be Missouri's First
As Missouri’s only Baby-Friendly™ facility, the Chris Coons Women’s Care Center at Hannibal Regional Hospital has been recognized by the Missouri Department of Health as the state experts on breastfeeding and asked to share their expertise with other hospitals in the state. By sharing their knowledge, the Chris Coons Women’s Care Center team is supporting national goals of improving the health of U.S. citizens. The U.S. Surgeon General, as well as a White House Task Force and the U.S. government’s Healthy People 2020 objectives have called for more education regarding the benefits of breastfeeding in order to foster healthier communities.
In order to achieve the stringent Baby-Friendly designation, the Chris Coons Women’s Care Center improved breastfeeding initiation rates from 62% to 75%, and the rate continues to climb. A recent CDC survey ranks Hannibal Regional Hospital’s infant feeding care practices as better than 97% of all birth facilities nationwide. Patient satisfaction rates have increased as well through support for new breastfeeding moms and their families.
The Baby-Friendly designation is awarded following completion of a rigorous on-site survey. Based on the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, this prestigious international award recognizes birth facilities that offer breastfeeding mothers the information, confidence and skills needed to successfully initiate and continue breastfeeding. The award is maintained by continuing to practice the Ten Steps as demonstrated by quality processes.
Ten Steps for Successful Breastfeeding:
Hannibal Regional Hospital President and CEO John Grossmeier said, “Hospitals have a unique opportunity to encourage and assist mothers with the initiation and continued support of breastfeeding.” Mr. Grossmeier continued. “Hannibal Regional Hospital is honored by the Baby-Friendly designation and, more importantly, pleased to be able to bring this level of care to our region.”
Studies have shown that breastfeeding translates to better health for both babies and mothers and health benefits persist throughout life. Babies who are breastfed have fewer and less serious illnesses, including a reduced risk of SIDS and less childhood cancer and diabetes. Mothers who breastfeed enjoy decreased risks of breast and ovarian cancer, anemia, and osteoporosis.
Baby-Friendly USA is the U.S. authority for the implementation of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI), a global program sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef). The initiative encourages and recognizes hospitals and birthing centers that offer an optimal level of care for breastfeeding mothers and their babies. The CDC reports that less than 2% of hospitals providing birthing services in the United States are Baby-Friendly designated. Hannibal Regional Hospital is now among this elite group. Currently there are fewer than 100 Baby-Friendly hospitals and birth centers in the United States.
For more information regarding the Chris Coons Women’s Care Center at Hannibal Regional Hospital and services provided, please call 573-248-5170.
Missouri Show Me 5! Steps to Successful Breastfeeding - Healthy Living 8-2012
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