Baby-Friendly Hospitals in Massachusetts

What Hospitals are Baby-Friendly in Mass?

The World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) recommend a 100% scale-up of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative and implementation of the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding at every facility providing maternity and newborn services.

Why should I be interested in researching what Massachusetts Hospitals are Baby-Friendly designated?

Maternity and infant care teams at a Baby-Friendly hospital meet recommended standards to support a healthy life-start for a newborn and to optimize the care of mother and baby. These standards include things like supporting immediate mother-baby bonding and guidance with breastfeeding in both the hospital and after hospital discharge.

Massachusetts Baby-Friendly Hospitals
Hospital Year designated Year Re-designated
Boston Medical Center 1998 2014-19
Cambridge Birth Center 2009 2014-19
Tobey Hospital 2011 2016-21
Melrose Wakefield Hospital 2012 2017-22
Fairview Hospital 2013
Good Samaritan Hospital 2013
Holyoke Medical Center 2015
Massachusetts General Hospital 2015
Emerson Hospital 2016
Martha’s Vineyard Hospital 2016
Cooley Dickinson Hospital 2017
Brockton Hospital 2017
Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital – Plymouth
Anna Jaques Hospital 2018
St. Luke’s Hospital 2018
Brigham and Women’s Hospital 2019
Charlton Memorial Hospital 2019
Norwood Hospital 2019
Saint Vincent Hospital            2019
Thank you to all individuals making it possible for 36% of babies in MA to be born in Baby-Friendly Hospitals!