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-

designated

1 Boston Medical Center 2,498 1999 2014-19
2 Cambridge Birth Center 139 2009 2014-19
5 Fairview Hospital 158 2013
6 Good Samaritan 883 2013
7 Holyoke Medical Center 432 2015
8 Massachusetts General Hospital 3,720 2015
4 Melrose-Wakefield Hospital 1,031 2012
3 Tobey Hospital 444 2011
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.