FRAMINGHAM – MetroWest Medical Center receives top honors from the Massachusetts Department of Health for its commitment and dedication to the care it provides to mothers and newborns to improve breastfeeding outcomes across the commonwealth.
MetroWest is one of just 15 Massachusetts hospitals with maternity programs to be recognized for its efforts in this area, and for collaborating with the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program to increase access to breastfeeding education and support for those women who are most at risk socioeconomically.
“We know that our community members have a choice when it comes to where they select to give birth, and at MetroWest Medical Center’s Beautiful Beginnings Birth Center, we are committed to providing families with a full-service, safe, compassionate birth experience,” said Jeff Liebman, Chief Executive Officer at MetroWest Medical Center, in a media statement. “This recognition is a testament to the efforts of our team to ensure we are providing high-quality, evidence-based care with a personalized approach geared to the needs of each family.”
The MetroWest Medical Center perinatal team works hard to help new moms establish successful breastfeeding. The support team consists of nurses, certified lactation consultants and lactation counselors to provide additional help. New parents are also provided with a list of resources in the community that are available for lactation support after delivery by the hospital.
“For the past 10 years, the Department of Public Health (DPH) has recognized birthing facilities for their efforts to promote and support breastfeeding,” said Ellen Tolan RD, LDN, IBCLC, State Breastfeeding Coordinator, in a media statement. “DPH commends MetroWest Medical Center for their effective collaboration with the Framingham-Waltham WIC program which helps mothers access ongoing breastfeeding services after leaving the hospital.”
MetroWest Medical Center is the largest community health care system between Worcester and Boston. It provides comprehensive acute care services in two locations: Leonard Morse in Natick and Framingham Union in Framingham.