Largest Birthing Hospital in Los Angeles and San Bernardino Counties
Re-Designated as Baby-Friendly Birth Facility
Baby-Friendly USA recently announced that Pomona Valley Hospital Medical
Center (PVHMC), the largest birthing Hospital in Los Angeles and San Bernardino Counties,
has been re-designated with the prestigious international recognition
as a Baby-Friendly birth facility.
With nearly 6,000 births at PVHMC in 2018, the Hospital’s Women’s
Center continues is committed to improving the safety and quality of care
for women and their babies during labor and delivery – including
gaining the confidence and skills needed to successfully initiate and
“Our Women’s Services team is committed to improving the safety
and quality of care for women and their babies during labor, delivery
and as they begin family life,” said Medical Director of Women’s
Services, Dr. M. Hellen Rodriguez, M.D. “This designation showcases
our team’s accomplishments in supporting mothers in one of the most
important aspects in a baby’s life, breastfeeding.
Benefits of breastfeeding include reducing “colds” or respiratory
infections, protecting against asthma, reducing the chance of diarrhea
and bowel infections, decreasing bladder infections, reducing risk of
diabetes, protecting against “crib death” Sudden Infant Death
Baby-Friendly USA, Inc is the U.S. authority for the implementation of
the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (“BFHI”), a global program
sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations
Children’s Fund (UNICEF). The initiative encourages and recognizes
hospitals and birthing centers that offer an optimal level of care for
breastfeeding mothers and their babies. Based on the Ten Steps to Successful
Breastfeeding, this prestigious international award recognizes birth facilities
that offer breastfeeding mothers the information, confidence, and skills
needed to successfully initiate and continue breastfeeding their babies.
There are more than 20,000 designated Baby-Friendly hospitals and birth
centers worldwide. Currently, there are only 574 active Baby-Friendly
hospitals and birth centers in the United States. The “Baby-Friendly”
re-designation is given after a rigorous on-site survey is completed.
The award is maintained by continuing to practice the Ten Steps as demonstrated
by quality processes.