Hospitals are awarded the Baby-Friendly designation only after a rigorous, independent evaluation. As Logansport Memorial Hospital works toward this, you now have one more reason to place your trust and confidence in choosing us to care for you and your baby.

The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI), also known as Baby-Friendly Initiative (BFI), is a worldwide program of the World Health Organization and UNICEF. The initiative is a global effort for improving the role of maternity services to enable mothers to breastfeed babies for the best start in life. It aims at improving the care of pregnant women, mothers, and newborns at health facilities that provide maternity services for protecting, promoting, and supporting breastfeeding.

A maternity facility can be designated "baby friendly" when it does not accept free or low-cost breast milk substitutes, feeding bottles, or pacifiers, and has implemented 10 specific steps to support successful breastfeeding.

Logansport Memorial Hospital is pursuing Baby-Friendly designation in 2016.

The Baby-Friendly Hospital initiative is recognized as the gold standard of evidence-based maternity care in the United States. Working toward this prestigious distinction will position Logansport Memorial Hospital among the best in maternity care providers across the country. To learn more about this initiative and what steps we are taking as we pursue it, visit this website: www.babyfriendlyusa.org.

Our progress so far...

  • Rooming In: Your baby will stay with you during your entire stay. Our rooming-in process allows for better bonding between mom and baby, helping you learn and feel more in tune with your baby's cues for feeding and other needs.
  • Treatment Room: As part of the rooming-in process, most of your baby's wellness checks and doctor's visits will be done in your room as well. Logansport Memorial Hospital has a dedicated treatment room for a baby's special needs or health concerns that require more comprehensive attention from the doctor. But with a healthy newborn after a healthy birth, as much as possible will now be done in front of you, in your room.
  • Skin-to-Skin: As a new mom, your baby will placed directly on your chest immediately after giving birth. Research proves that doing this promotes increased health benefits, will help initiate breastfeeding more quickly, and further nurtures your bonding with baby. All new mothers can now experience this at Logansport Memorial Hospital, even if the baby is delivered by C-section.
  • The "Golden Hour": You will now be given at least one hour to yourselves -- mom, baby, and partner -- to enjoy some quiet, undisturbed bonding time with your little one before family is allowed to come back and meet him/her. Your family will still be allowed to visit and see the baby, but they will just need to be patient and understanding, waiting a little longer after your newest addition has arrived.
  • Increased Provider Education: Each provider in the obstetrics unit -- all nurses, OB/GYNs, and pediatricians -- have all completed specific hours of additional breastfeeding education so that they can offer better support for breastfeeding after your delivery.