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Lakewood Hospital Earns Baby Friendly Designation

Lakewood Becomes First in Northern Ohio to Receive Designation

April 6, 2012

Cleveland Clinic’s Lakewood Hospital has been named a Baby friendly hospital for its leadership in supporting infant nutrition and mother-baby bonding. Lakewood Hospital is the only hospital in Northern Ohio to receive this designation, and just the fourth statewide.

“Lakewood Hospital’s caregivers have a long history of taking care of the needs of mothers and their babies,” said Lynn Barabach, Nurse Manager for Lakewood Hospital’s Birthing Center. “Our designation as a Baby Friendly hospital is a result of our commitment to always putting our patients first.”

The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative is a global program sponsored by the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s Fund. It is a quality improvement, recognition and awards program that acknowledges birthing facilities that successfully adopt care practices that support optimal infant nutrition through breastfeeding and bonding. Baby-Friendly USA, Inc. is a non-profit organization founded in 1997.

The Cleveland Clinic health system is committed to improving the long-term health and wellness of the community. Breastfeeding is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) as the sole source of nutrition for a baby’s first six months.

Lakewood Hospital provides personalized care for mothers and their babies with the goal of helping families through all the stages of preparing for a baby. Caregivers offer a wide array of classes to help understand how the birthing process works and how to care for a newborn.

About Lakewood Hospital

Founded in 1907, Lakewood Hospital is an acute care, community-oriented hospital located in the city of Lakewood on Cleveland's west side. Lakewood Hospital's strong clinical Centers of Excellence include: Diabetes and Endocrine Center, Neuroscience, Senior Care and Orthopaedics.

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