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Terrebonne General Medical Center (TGMC) has received the prestigious international recognition as a Baby-Friendly re-designated birth facility from Baby-Friendly USA.

They’re the only hospital in the state to achieve re-designation.

Baby-Friendly USA, Inc., is the U.S. authority for the implementation of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI), a global program sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

The initiative recognized TGMC for offering an optimal level of care for breastfeeding mothers and their babies.

Based on the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, this prestigious international award recognizes birth facilities that offer breastfeeding mothers the information, confidence and skills needed to successfully initiate and continue breastfeeding their babies.

The “Baby-Friendly” re-designation is given after a rigorous on-site survey is completed. The award is maintained by continuing to practice the Ten Steps as demonstrated by quality processes.

“The Baby Friendly re-designation is a testament to TGMC’s commitment to providing new moms the highest quality care and offering the most advanced options in our state when it comes to child birthing experiences that establish a natural mother and baby relationship from birth that is proven to result in better outcomes,” said Phyllis Peoples, President and CEO.

“Moms are continuing to demand this type of birthing experience and we want to exceed the desires of our new mothers,” Peoples added.

TGMC is one of more than 20,000 designated Baby-Friendly hospitals and birth centers worldwide. There are 573 in the United States.