When it comes to childbirth, Greenville Health System (GHS) providers are the most experienced in the area – delivering more than 7,000 babies each year! Our facilities are state-of-the-art and extensively equipped with everything you need for labor, delivery and recovery.
Baby-Friendly For You!
The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) is a global initiative of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). The initiative’s goal is to improve health outcomes for mothers and babies through breastfeeding and immediate skin-to-skin bonding.
“We are ecstatic to receive this designation and proud to do our part in improving the health of Upstate families,” said Jennifer Hudson, M.D., GHS Medical Director of Newborn Services. “Scientific studies show many benefits of breastfeeding and skin-to-skin contact, and we have a responsibility to help families adopt these practices for the healthiest of outcomes.”
As a Baby-Friendly hospital, Greenville Memorial is staffed with lactation consultants who assist mothers in gaining the skills and confidence they need to breastfeed starting with prenatal appointments. These same lactation consultants are available to assist new mothers at Oconee Memorial Hospital and are available to breastfeeding moms once the baby arrives. The hospitals also have lactation rooms so patients and visitors can have convenient and private places to breastfeed or pump.
Other important practices of Baby-Friendly hospitals include encouraging skin-to-skin contact between mothers and newborns and rooming-in. Both practices encourage bonding and improve the newborn’s ability to breastfeed. Studies also show that immediate skin-to-skin contact help newborns maintain their temperature better, normalize heart and breathing rates and reduce their likeliness of crying.
There are more than 3,200 birthing hospitals and centers in the United States and only about 10% are designated Baby-Friendly.
Steps to receiving Baby-Friendly designation include:
- Have a written breastfeeding policy that is routinely communicated to all health care staff.
- Train all health care staff in skills necessary to implement this policy.
- Inform all pregnant women about the benefits and management of breastfeeding.
- Help mothers initiate breastfeeding within one hour of birth.
- Show mothers how to breastfeed and how to maintain lactation, even if they are separated from their infants.
- Give newborn infants no food or drink other than breastmilk, unless medically indicated.
- Practice rooming in, allow mothers and infants to remain together 24 hours a day.
- Encourage breastfeeding on demand.
- Give no pacifiers or artificial nipples to breastfeeding infants.
- Foster the establishment of breastfeeding support groups and refer mothers to them on discharge from the hospital or clinic.
Watch this video to learn more about Baby-Friendly designation from Dr. Jennifer Hudson, Medical Director of Newborn Services.
Each of our facilities (Greenville Memorial Hospital, Greer Memorial Hospital, Laurens County Memorial Hospital and Oconee Memorial Hospital) offers Family-centered Maternity Care in an area dedicated to labor and delivery – The Family Birthplace. In addition, Family-centered Maternity Care is practiced at Greenville Midwifery Care & Birth Center.
Below is a list of birth facilities along with the practices delivering at each location.
The Family Birthplace-Greenville Memorial Hospital (*Baby-Friendly designated facility)
Greenville Ob/Gyn Associates
Greenville Midwifery Care & Birth Center
GHS Ob/Gyn Center
Premier Women’s Care
The Family Birthplace-Greer Memorial Hospital
The Family Birthplace-Laurens County Memorial Hospital
Carolina Women’s Center
The Family Birthplace-Oconee Memorial Hospital (*Baby-Friendly designated facility)
Blue Ridge Women’s Center
Seneca Medical Associates
Greenville Midwifery Care & Birth Center
You must be a patient of Greenville Midwifery Care & Birth Center to use this facility.
It is our hope that every woman experience a healthy pregnancy and delivery free from complications. Unfortunately, we know this is not always the case. Our critical care obstetric services are among the most comprehensive in the state and offer an invaluable safety net for all of our hospitals and our birth center. A team of paramedics, a specially trained respiratory therapist, neonatologists, and a highly-trained nurse are on call to transport critically ill or premature infants from any of our birth facilities to the Bryan Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Greenville Memorial Hospital. You can rest assured that no matter where you deliver, you and your baby will receive the best care possible.
GHS’ Greer Memorial Hospital and Laurens County Memorial Hospital are currently taking steps to achieve Baby-Friendly designation, as well as Baptist Easley Hospital, a partnership between Greenville Health System and Palmetto Health.