Temple University Hospital receives baby-friendly birth designation

The emphasis is on helping new moms succeed.

Hadas Kuznits
June 27, 2018 - 7:00 pm
Temple University Hospital celebrated their new designation Wednesday as a so-called baby-friendly birth facility.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Temple University Hospital celebrated their new designation Wednesday as a so-called baby-friendly birth facility.

Gail Herrine, medical director of lactation at the postpartum unit, said the designation calls for a big emphasis on helping new moms successfully breastfeed.

"But it's also keeping moms and babies together, doing skin-to-skin, which is very good for the regulation of the baby," she said. "It's a very good way for the baby to recover — temperature regulation, sugar regulation, neuro-behavioral regulation."

The designation — which took six years to get — extends until 2023.

"It means that we have put in place policies and procedures so that we follow the 10 steps to [being] baby-friendly, and we have to pay for formula," Herrine added. "We're not allowed to advertise formula or bottles or teats and we put the practices in place so that moms and babies can stay together."

Kim Gestner had her daughter Avery at Temple University Hospital, and she said the experience this time around was a little different than when she had her first daughter two years ago.

"The rooming in" — when the baby stays with the mother as opposed to the hospital's nursery — "was 100 percent with her, where my other daughter was taken for a couple of hours to be washed up and to get I think a vaccine or something like that," she recalled. "They just give you any resource they have in order for you to feel like you're being successful."