Baby Friendly
​​If you are considering having your baby at Emerson Hospital, we want you to know that we are recognized as a "baby-friendly" hospital by Baby-Friendly USA.

While it has always been our mission to be baby friendly, we took extra steps as part of the worldwide Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative to implement practices that offer an optimal level of care for successful infant feeding and mother-baby bonding. The “baby-friendly” designation is a global program sponsored by the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s Fund. 

What “baby-friendly” means here at Emerson Hospital 

  • All our staff are trained to help mothers-to-be learn about the many benefits of breastfeeding and how to breastfeed after leaving the hospital, and we have certified lactation consultants who can provide private, one-on-one breastfeeding guidance
  • Your baby will be placed skin-to-skin on your chest right after birth, and remain there until the first feeding is accomplished
  • Your baby can stay in the room with you at all times (although the nursery is available for your baby if necessary) 
  • Our team teaches all new mothers how to provide the best care for their newborns and respects their informed decision to do what is best for them and their baby
  • We will refer you to a new moms support group upon discharge

If you chose to breastfeed

  • You will be given instruction and support on how to breastfeed and continue to breastfeed after discharge from the hospital
  • Your baby will be given only breast milk while you are here; this means no other forms of food or drink unless medically necessary
  • Your baby will not routinely receive pacifiers or artificial nipples; Emerson follows the American Academy of Pediatrics recommendation that you delay pacifier use until breastfeeding is well established (approximately two weeks after birth)

If you chose to formula feed

  • You will be given instruction about safely preparing and feeding your infant formula
  • Your baby will not routinely receive a pacifier (they are available if needed, however)