Essentia Health's Birthplace at St. Mary's Medical Center recognized as baby-friendly

Monday, December 05, 2016

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The Birthplace at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth has achieved recognition as a “Baby-Friendly” birthplace. Baby-Friendly® Designated Hospitals are recognized for being the gold standard concerning infant breastfeeding and bonding practices in birthing units.

Developed by the United Nations Children’s Fund and the World Health Organization, the Baby-Friendly designation recognizes hospitals that offer an optimal level of care for breastfeeding mothers and their babies based on the “Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding.”

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