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CMC/DHK receives recognition from international organizations as Baby-Friendly Designated birth facility

December 17th, 2015

Keene, NH - Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene (CMC/DHK) has been recognized as a Baby-Friendly Designated birth facility by Baby-Friendly USA, Inc., the U.S. authority for the implementation of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI). BFHI is a global program sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). CMC/DHK has been recognized as a hospital and birthing center fostering the highest level of care for breastfeeding mothers and their babies.

“Achieving this designation was very important to us as a means of supporting our community,” states Linda “Mindy” Glasschroeder BSN, RNC-OB, Clinical Leader of the Women & Children’s Health Unit at CMC/DHK, “We recognized that a large number of our patients are breastfeeding moms. The benefits of breastfeeding are scientifically proven and the support of breastfeeding mothers is to be expected in a healthy community.”

Based on the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, CMC/DHK provides breastfeeding mothers the information and skills needed to build their confidence and successfully breastfeed their babies.

CMC/DHK is now one of the 313 active Baby-Friendly hospitals and birth centers in the United States. CMC/DHK was awarded the “Baby-Friendly” designation after a rigorous on-site survey. The designation is maintained by continuing to practice the Ten Steps as demonstrated by quality processes.

About Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene

Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene is a nonprofit community hospital and clinic with a mission to lead our community to become the nation's healthiest through our clinical and service excellence, collaboration, and compassion for every patient, every time. Founded by CMC/DHK, Healthy Monadnock 2020 is a community-wide health initiative designed to actively engage the citizens of Cheshire County in the process of becoming the nation's healthiest community by 2020. Cheshire Medical Center is a Dartmouth-Hitchcock affiliate hospital. To learn more, call (603) 354-5400 or visit cheshiremed.org.