BRANSON MO NEWS: Cox Medical Center Branson entered rare company Friday, earning a “Show-Me 5” designation from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.Randall Williams, director of Health and Senior Services for Missouri, presented the hospital with the award, noting the facility is only one of 13 in the state to earn the distinction.
“This isn’t something you do in a week,” Williams said. “This is something you change in the culture.”The award is given to hospitals based on the staff implementing a series of maternity care best practices, the five steps are:1. Help mothers initiate breastfeeding within the first hour of birth.2. Practice “rooming-in,” allowing infants to stay in the same room as their mothers.3. Give infants no food or drink other than breast milk, unless medically indicated.4. Do not give pacifiers or artificial nipples to breastfeeding infants.5. Foster the establishment of breastfeeding support groups and refer mothers to them on discharge.“There’s 10 steps to becoming baby friendly,” said Tracey Williams, director of Women’s and Children’s Services at Cox Medical Center Branson. “These steps are the first five, and they’re the most important steps our state has recognized to support breastfeeding.“So we took this on about five years ago, and it’s been a journey.”
Jessica Moser, registered nurse and assistant nurse manager with labor and delivery at Cox Medical Center Branson, said breastfeeding leads to benefits such as brain development, temperature regulation and developing immunities.“They’re just healthier babies, overall,” Moser said. “It reduces risks of (sudden infant death syndrome) and reduces mom’s risk of breast cancer later in life and it reduces the risk to mom and baby by breastfeeding.“Plus it’s free, and that fits everyone’s budget.”According to Moser, reception of the five steps has been positive.“ …
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