Eau Claire, Wis. – HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital has been nationally re-certified as a Baby-Friendly birth facility by Baby-Friendly USA. HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital is the area’s only nationally certified hospital with the Baby-Friendly designation, which it first achieved in 2015.

Baby-Friendly USA is the U.S. authority for implementation of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative – a global program sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United National’s Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

This prestigious designation recognizes hospitals and birth centers that offer an optimal level of care for mother-baby bonding – including skin-to-skin or kangaroo care, as well as education around best practices and support for mothers in reaching their infant feeding goals. For breastfeeding mothers, Baby-Friendly hospitals follow the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding designed to provide mothers the information, confidence and skills needed to successfully initiate and continue breastfeeding their babies.

“We are proud to receive this recognition,” says Maria Green, manager of the HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital Women and Infants Center. “Maintaining the high standards associated with this program reassures families in our communities that we remain fully focused on bringing an exceptional level of maternity care to our region.”

Lisa Stary, a registered nurse at HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital and lactation specialist in the Women and Infants Center says studies show breast milk provides unique nutritional benefits, helps lower the risk of childhood illnesses and supports cognitive development.

“Breastfeeding also provides important  mom and baby bonding time through skin-to-skin contact,” she says. “Our team is committed to ensuring that mothers who intend to breastfeed, as well as those who cannot or decide not to breastfeed, are fully supported before and after baby’s delivery.”

Since 1996 when the first hospital in the U.S. achieved Baby-Friendly status, more than 6.5 million babies have been born in Baby-Friendly designated facilities in the country. Currently, there are 592 active Baby-Friendly hospitals and birth centers in the U.S. including 11 in Wisconsin. Certification is given after a rigorous on-site inspection and survey has been completed.

For more information about Baby-Friendly certification and birthing options at HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital, visit: HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital Women and Infants Center.



About HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital
HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital is sponsored by Hospital Sisters Ministries, the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis is the Founding Institute, and it is an affiliate of Hospital Sisters Health System. Since 1889, it has been meeting patient needs in western Wisconsin with the latest medical innovations and technology, together with a Franciscan whole-person healing tradition.

About Hospital Sisters Health System
Hospital Sisters Health System’s (HSHS) mission is to reveal and embody Christ’s healing love for all people through our high quality, Franciscan health care ministry. HSHS provides state-of-the-art health care to our patients and is dedicated to serving all people, especially the most vulnerable, at each of our physician practices and 15 local hospitals in two states - Illinois (Breese, Decatur, Effingham, Greenville, Highland, Litchfield, O’Fallon, Shelbyville and Springfield) and Wisconsin (Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Oconto Falls, Sheboygan, and two in Green Bay). HSHS is sponsored by Hospital Sisters Ministries,  and Hospital Sisters of St. Francis is the founding institute. For more information about HSHS, visit www.hshs.org. For more information about Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, visit www.hospitalsisters.org.

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