It all seems so normal now, this Baby-Friendly journey. It’s been made part of our work lives, and sometimes I forget we’re special, part of a single-digit percentage of hospitals in the country making these recommended changes. But then I have moments when my head snaps and I remember how incredibly WOW everything we’re doing really is.
This week a nursing student told a group how excited she was to get the coveted spot with our Lactation Coordinator for her school’s community health rotation. She wanted to be a part of Baby-Friendly and learn more about it.
Our Childbirth Unit and Mother/Baby Unit track skin-to-skin in the operating room, rooming-in and exclusive breast milk feeding as Key Performance Indicators. These data are determined daily and posted on a large bulletin board on each unit. We’re not quite halfway through to designation, and I see green, green, green on these boards. Green is good!
What is traditionally called the “nursery” is now my favorite room in the hospital. We still need to think of a new name for this behemoth of an empty room. About a year ago a group of us visited Community Hospital in Anderson, Ind. Their nursery looked like a storage room. I thought it would be a long, hard road for our nursery to achieve storage room status. Not so, thanks to a crazy good group of nurses!