Tidelands Health hospitals earn international recognition for care of babies
Two Tidelands Health hospitals have again earned international recognition for their efforts to give babies a healthy start in life.
Tidelands Waccamaw Community Hospital and Tidelands Georgetown Memorial Hospital have been re-designated as Baby-Friendly, a global initiative led by the World Health Organization and United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund. The program recognizes hospitals and birthing centers that offer optimal care for breastfeeding mothers and their babies.
In 2013, Tidelands Waccamaw and Tidelands Georgetown became the first and fourth hospitals, respectively, to earn the Baby-Friendly designation in South Carolina.
“This award demonstrates our continued commitment to the health and wellness of infants,” said Beth Marion, director of women and children’s services at Tidelands Health. “Healthy babies have the best chance to become healthy children and healthy adults.”
The Baby-Friendly designation is granted following an evaluation of an organization’s efforts to give breastfeeding mothers the information, confidence and skills needed to successfully initiate and continue breastfeeding their babies.
Tidelands Health offers comprehensive breastfeeding support to mothers, starting with education before birth. Following delivery, mothers can benefit from individualized lactation counseling in the hospital and at home.
The health system also encourages mothers and children to bond following delivery through skin-to-skin contact.
“Our goal is serve as a partner in a woman’s birth experience before and after delivery,” Marion said. “We want to stand by our mothers every step of the way.”
In addition to being recognized as Baby-Friendly, Tidelands Health hospitals have also earned other recognition for their care of mothers and children. Tidelands Waccamaw is certified by The Joint Commission for childbirth. Tidelands Georgetown and Tidelands Waccamaw have both been recognized by BlueCross BlueShield as BlueDistinction Centers for Maternity Care.