An increasing number of Canadian hospitals are earning a special distinction of becoming “baby-friendly.” As Heather Yourex-West explains, the World Health Organization distinction means the facility emphasizes things like skin-to-skin contact and breast feeding education.
The High River Hospital., south of Calgary, received its baby-friendly designation in March 2017. In order to earn the designation, the hospital had to ensure parents were able to bond skin-to-skin soon after their baby was born regardless of how that baby was delivered.
The Grey Nuns Community Hospital in Edmonton and the Bonnyville Health Centre have also recently received the baby-friendly designation.
Other baby-friendly hospitals are located throughout Ontario, at the B.C. Women’s Hospital in Vancouver and in Steinbach, Manitoba.