Nine SC hospitals are now Baby-Friendly

Piedmont Medical Center is the latest South Carolina hospital to achieve official "Baby-Friendly" status.

The group also includes: AnMed Health in Anderson, Greenville Memorial Hospital in Greenville, Tidelands Georgetown Memorial Hospital in Georgetown, Palmetto Health Richland in Columbia, Roper St. Francis Mount Pleasant Hospital in Charleston, Bon Secours St. Francis Eastside in Greenville, Waccamaw Community Hospital in Murrells Inlet, Roper St. Francis Mt. Pleasant in Mt. Pleasant, and the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.

Baby-Friendly recognizes and awards birthing facilities who successfully implement the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, allowing them to give all mothers the information, confidence and skills necessary to successfully initiate and continue breastfeeding their babies. It is the highest designation afforded to hospitals by an accrediting body that promotes best practices for maternity care and is awarded after a rigorous on-site survey examining a hospital’s policies, practices and procedures is complete.

Only seven percent of U.S. babies are born in Baby-Friendly hospitals. Hospitals that are recognized as Baby-Friendly have demonstrated best practices in the care of mothers and newborns and have improved breastfeeding rates. In addition, Baby-Friendly hospitals support mother-baby bonding by keeping mothers and babies together, putting babies in skin-to-skin contact right after birth, educating all families on best infant feeding practices and educating hospital staff on procedures to better support new families.

The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative is a global program launched by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to encourage and recognize birthing facilities that offer an optimal level of care for infant feeding and mother/baby bonding. 

Baby-Friendly USA, Inc. is the accrediting body for the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative in the United States. Click here for more information.

For more information on South Carolina’s Birth Outcomes Initiative, visit

11-02-2015 05:10 (EST)