Massachusetts General Hospital now Baby-Friendly!
Massachusetts General Hospital became the state’s eighth and largest Baby-Friendly Hospital on November 25. With about 3,700 births per year, this puts the percentage of infants born in Baby-Friendly facilities in Massachusetts up to 12.8% from 7.7%, which is about the same as the national average (7.8%). MGH’s designation follows closely after the designation of Holyoke Medical Center earlier this month.
As a major Harvard teaching hospital training residents in OB-GYN and pediatrics, MGH’s Baby-Friendly status may have a national ripple effect as new doctors are trained in evidence-based care around infant feeding.
|Order of desig-nation||Facility||2012 births||Year first designated||Year re-
|1||Boston Medical Center||2,498||1999||2014-19|
|2||Cambridge Birth Center||139||2009||2014-19|
|7||Holyoke Medical Center||432||2015|
|8||Massachusetts General Hospital||3,720||2015|
|Births in Massachusetts||72,878|
|Approximate percentage of births in Baby-Friendly Facilities as of November 27, 2015||12.8%|
Source of birth data: Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Massachusetts Births: 2011 and 2012. Table 40. 2014. Accessed November 27, 2015.