Erlanger Chosen To Participate In Best Fed Beginnings

Monday, August 06, 2012

Erlanger Baroness Campus has been selected to participate in Best Fed Beginnings, a first-of-its-kind national effort to significantly improve breastfeeding rates in regions where rates are currently at their lowest.  

Although breastfeeding is one of the most effective preventive health measures for infants and mothers, half of American babies are given formula within the first week, and by 9 months, only 31% of babies are breastfeeding at all.

  There are multiple health benefits for both infants and mothers. For infants, it decreases the incidence and severity of many infectious diseases, reduces infant mortality and optimally supports neurodevelopment. It also decreases infants’ risk of becoming obese later in childhood. For mothers, breastfeeding decreases the risks of breast and ovarian cancers, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and cardiovascular disease. 

Best Fed Beginnings seeks to reverse trends by dramatically increasing the number of hospitals in the United States that implement a proven model for maternity services and better support a new mother’s choice to breastfeed. 

The National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare Quality is leading the effort through a cooperative funding agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and will be working closely with Baby-Friendly USA, Inc. 

Erlanger Baroness Campus and Baptist Hospital in Nashville are the only two hospitals selected from Tennessee to participate in the Best Fed Beginnings movement. 

“We are delighted to be chosen to participate in this important effort and to have the opportunity to improve our maternity care services to better support breastfeeding,” said registered lactation consultant for Erlanger Baroness Campus, Cindy Nash, RN, BSN, IBCLC.  

Eighty-eight other hospitals in the United States are also participating in this initiative.  The facilities will work together using proven quality improvement methods to transform their maternity care services in pursuit of “Baby-Friendly” designation. This designation verifies that a hospital has comprehensively implemented the American Academy of Pediatrics’ “Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding.”  Reports show breastfeeding rates are significantly higher and disparities in these rates are virtually eliminated in hospitals that achieve this status. 

“A Baby-Friendly Hospital takes special steps to create the best possible environment for successful breastfeeding enabling Erlanger to be the desirable choice to have a baby,” added Ms. Nash.  “This is a prestigious status that is currently awarded to 143 other hospitals in the United States.” 

“We look forward to working with Erlanger’s Baroness Campus and congratulate them on their successful application,” said Charlie Homer, MD, MPH, president and CEO of the National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare Quality. “The large number of applications we received affirms the commitment of hospitals across our country to be part of a health care system that truly focuses on promoting health for women and infants.”


Parkridge East Offers Prenatal Education Classes In May And June

Parkridge East Hospital is offering a variety of Prenatal Education Classes in May and June. Classes include: Breastfeeding Class ($15 per couple) May 17,  10 a.m. – noon OR June 12, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. For either first-time or veteran parents, this class includes topics such as physiology of breastfeeding, advantages of breastfeeding, techniques ... (click for more)

Marrow Donor Registry Drive To Be Held May 20 For HCEMS Paramedic Needing Transplant

There will be a marrow donor registry on Tuesday, May 20, for Will Frawley, 28, who is a Hamilton County paramedic. Mr. Frawley has been diagnosed with Myelodysplastic Syndrome and is in need of a bone marrow transplant. Mr. Frawley has been in the EMS field for 13 years, and is scheduled to be married in June. The drive will take place from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Hamilton ... (click for more)

Berke Names Fred Fletcher, Of Austin, Tex., New Chattanooga Police Chief

Mayor Andy Berke announced Thursday that Fred Fletcher of Austin, Tex., is his pick for Chattanooga Chief of Police. With 20 years of experience in law enforcement, Mr. Fletcher has served in an executive, command, or supervisory role for 12 years.  As commander in Region III of the Austin Police Department, Mr. Fletcher spearheaded community initiatives including a drug market ... (click for more)

Child, 23 Months, Found Dead In Crib With Fentanyl Patch On Back; Death Ruled Homicide

A 23-month-old Chattanooga boy has been found dead in his crib with a Fentanyl patch on his back. The death of Demarcus Bryant at 7655 Borris Dr. last month was ruled a homicide. An autopsy report says he died from "Fentanyl patch placed by someone else." Chattanooga Police are investigating. No one has yet been charged. The child was found face down in his crib. ... (click for more)

A Slap In The Face To Local Police Applicants

Little Andy has once again shown what he thinks about the Chattanooga Police Department by ignoring all the applicants from within the department. There were several great candidates within the police department that had as much experience as the chosen one from 1,000 miles away. This is a slap in the face for any officer who is at the Chattanooga Police Department who has aspirations ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Northwestern Players Vote

The National Labor Relations Board, 0-1 this week after the United Auto Workers cancelled a hearing one hour before it was to begin in Chattanooga, has another chance for a last-minute finish today. In what will be under a more harsh light, the Northwestern University football team is expected to vote on whether to become a union Friday morning. Yesterday afternoon there remained ... (click for more)