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Leading the Way with Excellence

As Missouri’s first Baby-Friendly™ facility, the Chris Coon’s Women’s Care Center (CCWCC) at Hannibal Regional Hospital serves as the state leader in advocating breastfeeding. The Chris Coons Women’s Care Center has changed the culture of birthing babies to a culture of family-centered maternity care. Focused efforts have integrated a safe medical environment with an evidence-based educational environment which prepares new parents to care for their baby with confidence.

Click here to read about Hannibal Regional's recent partnership with The Milk Bank to open a local milk depot.
Click here to read a congratulatory letter from the United States Breastfeeding Committee. 
Click here to read breastfeeding information featuring Hannibal Regional Hospital which was released by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. 
Click here to read more about recent presentations.

Baby Friendly™

As Missouri’s first 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.

 Ten Steps for Successful Breastfeeding:

  • Family quiet time from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily
  • Education for parents to learn how to calm their crying infant with the five S’s: Swaddling, Side/Stomach Position, Shushing Sounds, Swinging, Sucking
  • Updates to education materials
  • Redesign of Childbirth Education classes to reflect family-centered maternity care
  • Breast Feeding Support Line and weekly breastfeeding support groups held on Monday nights and Wednesday mornings
  • Designation of a lactation room for all breastfeeding mothers

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.  Hannibal Regional Hospital has been a Baby-Friendly™ hospital since July 2009. Currently there are fewer than 359 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 573-248-5161.

Breastfeeding is the best food for babies

As Missouri’s fist Baby-Friendly™ Hospital, the Chris Coon’s Women’s Care Center at Hannibal Regional Hospital serves as the state leader in advocating breastfeeding. With clear health benefits for both moms and babies, breastfeeding is a wise choice. Hannibal Regional Hospital’s breastfeeding experts can help you get off to a great start.

The Breastfeeding Support Group is open to all nursing mothers, regardless of where the baby was born. The Breastfeeding Support Group meets each Monday at 5 pm and each Wednesday at 10 am in the OB classroom at Hannibal Regional Hospital.

The Breastfeeding Warmline – 573-406-2122 - is available 24 hours per day to answer questions about breastfeeding.

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Milk Depot

Hannibal Regional is proud to have partnered with The Milk Bank to help provide breast milk to babies who otherwise would not have the opportunity of such a incredible gift.

For more information about the Hannibal Regional's Milk Depot, please click here or call (573) 406-2122.


The Milk Bank is a community-supported, not-for-profit organization that was launched in 2005.  The Milk Bank believes that human milk is best for all babies, and through the generosity of mothers, careful screening and processing, provides human milk to fragile premature babies in neonatal/newborn intensive care units. The Milk Bank is a proud member of the Human Milk Banking Association of North America.
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More about our Breastfeeding Support GroupFor more information about the Breast Feeding Support Group, click here.
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