Two years ago, BMH-NM’s progressive CEO, Bill Henning, set a goal to advance the hospital’s maternal practices and community involvement. About one year ago, the hospital’s pediatricians, who are very supportive of breastfeeding, began discussing the Baby-Friendly steps. Then the hospital enrolled in CHAMPS, which, Dr. Fitts says, “was a deciding factor in entering the 4-D pathway.” CHAMPS encouraged them to begin the process to become Baby-Friendly designated by the end of 2017. CHAMPS is also helping them to train their leaders and staff via trainings at area hospitals and to develop a task force.
BMH-NM has an average of 907 births per year and a level II neonatal intensive care unit. Their “educated, university-oriented community,” says Dr. Fitts, “is becoming more health conscious and wants the latest in maternity practices and promotion of breastfeeding.”
CHAMPS is pleased to report that since September 2015, the following Mississippi CHAMPS hospitals have also entered the 4-D pathway: Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle and North Mississippi Medical Center-Tupelo. Two Mississippi hospitals, University of Mississippi Medical Center and Woman's Hospital, had already entered the 4-D Pathway upon enrolling in CHAMPS. Way to go, Mississippi!