Ascension Via Christi Pittsburg receives High 5 for Mom and Baby designation

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Ascension Via Christi Hospital Pittsburg announced Friday that it has earned a recognition from High 5 for Mom & Baby, a program offered by the United Methodist Health Ministry Fund.

PITTSBURG, Kan. — Ascension Via Christi Hospital Pittsburg announced Friday that it has continued its commitment to infant and maternal health by earning a recognition from High 5 for Mom & Baby, a program offered by the United Methodist Health Ministry Fund.

High 5 for Mom & Baby provides resources and a framework to help Kansas hospitals and birthing centers improve health outcomes for breastfeeding women and their infants. To obtain this recognition, each facility is asked to complete a voluntary and self-reported evaluation and to follow at least five of the ten evidence-based practices.

These steps are designed to increase breastfeeding initiation and duration rates in the state of Kansas. According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information(NCBI), 60% of mothers stopped breastfeeding sooner than they planned. Some factors that influence how long or if a baby is breastfed include: hospital practices, education and encouragement, policies or support in the workplace, and access to community support.

​Along with the recognition of being named a High 5 for Mom & Baby facility​, Ascension Via Christi Hospital Pittsburg ​also receives ongoing education and training opportunities, support and resources through a community of delivery centers.

“We pride ourselves in helping our patients achieve their breastfeeding goals. We are so happy to receive this recognition as we continually strive to provide the best care for all moms and babies” Lactation Consultant Miranda Caskey said in a press release.

Ascension is the largest non-profit and Catholic health system in the U.S., with more than 160,000 associates and 40,000 aligned providers. The national health system operates more than 2,600 sites of care – including 145 hospitals and more than 40 senior living facilities – in 19 states and the District of Columbia. For more information on the High 5 for Mom & Baby, visit www.high5kansas.org.