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CCMH internationally recognized as baby-friendly

LAWTON, Okla._There’s some good news for expectant mothers as a local hospital is now internationally recognized as "baby-friendly."

Comanche County Memorial Hospital found out this week that they received the recognition from the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative, which is a global program sponsored by the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children's Fund.

To be recognized as being baby friendly, there were 10 steps they had to follow, which includes rooming mother and baby after birth and skin-to-skin contact after birth.

Paula Griffith, manager of Women and Children's Services, says it's exciting to get this title after working towards it for more than two years.

"It's just the validation of the care we give that we are indeed excelling in perinatal care. This actually puts us within the top five percent of hospitals in the United States and in the top ten percent here in Oklahoma," Griffith said.

Griffith says they have worked really hard with education for both staff and parents. The baby-friendly designation also means follow-up care and resources for parents including help with breastfeeding.

The title is given through an on-site survey. There are currently 296 hospital across the United State designated as baby-friendly hospitals.

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