John and the Regional One team have made great strides in establishing rooming-in. Most exams now occur in patient rooms. Beginning January 1st, mothers and babies will no longer be separated during the transition from labor and delivery to postpartum, but remain together for the associated exams and travel. This change is an important step towards John and the team’s vision for maternity practices at Regional One, where ideally mothers and babies would not be separated except for medical reasons and breastfeeding rates would increase. John reported a 14% exclusive breastfeeding rate this month (while mothers and babies were in the hospital), up from 9% last month.
John meets weekly with a Baby-Friendly committee, and Regional One entered the Discovery phase of the 4-D pathway in June 2015. Congratulations and best wishes on the Baby-Friendly journey!