Tag Archives: Childbirth

All I Ever Need to Know I Learned From Breastfeeding?

We’ve all heard of the Robert Fulghum book All I Ever Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten. I think it’s true—be nice, share, don’t pull on pigtails, tie your shoes—these are life lessons that never lose their value. Those … Continue reading

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Don’t Wait! Teach Rooming-in Benefits Early and Often

Here it is! The first “product” of our Work-Out Day is finished! One thing we determined as a result of our rooming-in Performance Excellence Work-Out is that rooming-in education has to begin well before families are admitted to the Mother/Baby … Continue reading

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Celebrating Step 4: Help mothers initiate breastfeeding within an hour after birth

Today we celebrate step 4!  This month we also celebrate 6 years of placing babies skin to skin (STS) with their mothers (and sometimes fathers) here at Memorial Hospital of South Bend. I’m often asked how we did it. Below is … Continue reading

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Get On Board

This week LaToya Parhm guest blogs on how the principle of managing up can be used when implementing the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative. LaToya is a R.N. and charge nurse in the Childbirth Unit. She graduated with a nursing degree from Indiana University and … Continue reading

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Step 3: Breast or Bottle–More than a Coke or Pepsi Choice

I’m sure it’s happened to you. You order a Diet Coke and the waiter says, “Diet Pepsi OK?”  “Fine,” I always say. It’s cold, brown and fizzy. Little else matters in my opinion. Are you making a sour face as you read … Continue reading

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