Oneida Health­care breast­feed­ing friendly

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Oneida Health­care has made strides to pro­vide a breast­feed­ing friendly en­vi­ron­ment and was rec­og­nized.

ONEIDA, N.Y. » Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the Madi­son County Depart­ment of Health rec­og­nized Oneida Health­care’s Cir­cle of Care net­work and Women’s Health As­so­ci­ates and Ma­ter­nal Health Cen­ter as Breast­feed­ing Friendly Prac­tices.

The two prac­tices rep­re­sent the first in Madi­son County and the cen­tral NY re­gion to ob­tain the Breast­feed­ing Friendly Prac­tice Des­ig­na­tion, a des­ig­na­tion from the New York State Depart­ment of Health.

Health­care providers who re­ceive the Breast­feed­ing Friendly Prac­tice des­ig­na­tion are rec­og­nized by their com­mit­ment to cre­at­ing a breast­feed­ing friendly en­vi­ron­ment and re­ceiv­ing the nec­es­sary staff train­ing to pro­mote, sup­port, and pro­tect breast­feed­ing moms. Though breast­feed­ing is not an op­tion for all moms, ac­cord­ing to the DOH, breast­feed­ing does pro­vide many health ben­e­fits for both baby and mom that tra­di­tional baby for­mula can­not pro­vide.

“The health of our women and in­fants is foun­da­tional to the health of our com­mu­nity” said Eric Faisst, di­rec­tor of Public Health from MCDOH. “Cen­tral to their health is a wo­man’s de­ci­sion to breast­feed. Health care providers, such as Oneida Health­care play an in­te­gral role in pro­mot­ing and sup­port­ing a wo­man’s de­ci­sion to breast­feed which sig­nif­i­cantly ben­e­fits the cur­rent and fu­ture health of our com­mu­ni­ties. Women’s Health As­so­ci­ates and the Ma­ter­nal Health Cen­ter have taken on that role; in fact they are the first providers in the cen­tral NY re­gion to do so.”

To re­ceive des­ig­na­tion by the NYSDOH, health­care prac­tices are re­quired to com­plete ten steps which fo­cus on cre­at­ing a breast­feed­ing friendly of­fice, en­cour­ag­ing breast­feed­ing, and sup­port­ing moth­ers with the ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing needed to breast­feed safely. The des­ig­na­tion in­di­cates a health­care provider’s ded­i­ca­tion to es­tab­lish­ing op­ti­mal ma­ter­nity and new­born care in sup­port of breast­feed­ing dur­ing pre­con­cep­tion care, pre­na­tal, post­par­tum, and on­go­ing care of the wo­man, the in­fant, and her fam­ily.

“We com­mend our staff at Women’s Health As­so­ci­ates and Ma­ter­nal Health Cen­ter for their ded­i­ca­tion to re­ceiv­ing the clin­i­cal skills and ed­u­ca­tion nec­es­sary to pro­vide the high­est level of sup­port to ba­bies and moms” said nurse Jac­que­line Dawe, VP of Nurs­ing at Oneida Health­care. “As health­care providers, it is im­per­a­tive that we have the knowl­edge, ex­pe­ri­ence, and skills to pro­vide our moth­ers with the tools re­quired to make healthy de­ci­sions for them and their fam­i­lies. We are hon­ored and proud to be the first in the cen­tral NY re­gion to make this com­mit­ment to our pa­tients’ well-be­ing.”

Women’s Health As­so­ci­ates, lo­cated on 139 Fields Drive in Oneida, pro­vides com­pre­hen­sive Ob­stet­rics and Gyne­col­ogy ser­vices to area pa­tients. Ma­ter­nal Health Cen­ter, lo­cated at 221 Broad St. in Oneida, of­fers Ob­stet­rics for area Med­i­caid pa­tients. For more in­for­ma­tion about the Depart­ment of Health’s Breast­feed­ing Friendly Prac­tice Des­ig­na­tion, visit health.ny.gov.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF ONEIDA HEALTH­CARE

Oneida Health­care is pre­sented with awards for breast­feed­ing friendly prac­tices.

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