NICHQ Celebrates National Breastfeeding Month; Shares Strategies to Help Hospitals Improve Breastfeeding-Related Maternity Care
NICHQ is proud to celebrate breastfeeding awareness through World Breastfeeding Week and National Breastfeeding Month. These observances come on the heels of a report detailing impressive results from Best Fed Beginnings, a NICHQ-led, groundbreaking national initiative to help hospitals improve breastfeeding-related maternity care and increase the number of Baby-Friendly hospitals in the U.S. To help advance breastfeeding awareness, NICHQ has a wealth of resources for healthcare practitioners, parents and others to learn more about improving breastfeeding support for families.
Retraining Hospital Staff to Prioritize Breastfeeding
About 80 percent of the women giving birth at CHRISTUS Hospital - St. Elizabeth in Beaumont, TX, breastfeed with 50 percent exclusively breastfeeding during their stay. The exclusive rate is up 13 percent from just two years ago. The increase is a result of considerable efforts to retrain staff, eliminate formula giveaways, prioritize skin-to-skin bonding between mother and baby, and educate pregnant women about the benefits of breastfeeding.
Medicaid Reimbursement Policies for LARC Aid Awareness, Use
Long acting reversible contraceptive (LARC) methods include intrauterine devices and hormone contraceptive implants that prevent ovulation. While women can begin to use LARC at any time, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has identified the immediate post-partum (IPP) timeframe as being particularly favorable due to the convenience for both patients and providers, as well as increased motivation of women to seek contraceptives. Even with this guidance, rates of LARC insertion during IPP remain low.
QI Tips: A Formula for Developing a Great Aim Statement
An aim statement is a clear, explicit summary of what your team hopes to achieve over a specific amount of time, including the magnitude of change you will achieve. The aim statement guides your work by establishing what success looks like and research shows teams who develop a good aim perform better. Here's some guidance on how to write a great aim statement.
Parent Partner Advice: Get Involved in Any Way That You Can!
Andrea Thompson is a parent partner on the quality improvement team for the Kingwood Medical Center in Kingwood, TX. The hospital is participating in the Texas Ten Step Star Achiever Breastfeeding Learning Collaborative, which seeks to help hospitals improve their maternity care practices to better support mothers who choose to breastfeed. Thompson has been extremely active with Kingwood's breastfeeding support group, as well as its social media efforts to engage mothers. We recently sat down with the mother of a 3-year-old boy to find out more about her role as a parent partner.
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