Best Fed Beginnings
WHAT: A first-of-its-kind, nationwide quality improvement initiative to help hospitals improve maternity care and increase the number of “Baby-Friendly”-designated hospitals in the United States.
WHO: Participants included 89 hospital teams from around the United States.
WHEN: October 2011 to March 2015
FUNDER: The project was supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and run in close partnership with Baby-Friendly USA and the United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC).
NICHQ'S ROLE: Facilitated three concurrent learning collaboratives that provide coaching to 89 hospitals on how to apply the Model for Improvement to improve maternity care in pursuit of Baby-Friendly designation. NICHQ also built Baby-Friendly USA’s and the USBC’s internal quality improvement capacity, raised awareness of the World Health Organization’s Breastfeeding Hospital Initiative (BFHI) and supported teams in establishing improved connection with community based breastfeeding coalitions.
Designation Status and Final Report
As of Jan. 16, 2016, 67 of the 89 hospitals achieved Baby-Friendly designation (see list). This increases the number of births in Baby-Friendly designated hospitals by 155,000 per year. Learn more about the successful methods used in the Best Fed Beginnings initiative in the final report (Full report; Executive summary).
In the first installment of this two-part series, we introduce you to four hospitals that have not yet achieved Baby-Friendly status and are beginning their journey in NICHQ's Best Fed Beginnings quality improvement project.
In the second installment, we check in with two of the teams from NICHQ’s Best Fed Beginnings initiative as they take the final steps toward becoming Baby-Friendly designated.