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Covenant Women’s and Children’s Earns Texas Ten Step Designation

Program encourages training, promotes breastfeeding to new moms

Covenant Women's and Children's has taken a giant step toward improving the health of newborns and infants by earning the Texas Ten Step Program facility designation from the Texas Department of State Health Services.

The Texas Ten Step Program encourages breastfeeding as the preferred method of feeding for newborns and infants. Covenant joins a growing number of Texas birth facilities that are supporting new mothers and their decision to breastfeed.

"Our staff has worked very hard to earn the Texas Ten Step Program designation," said Marguerite Fallon, vice president for Women's and Children's patient care services. "We are proud to join the other select Texas hospitals in promoting breastfeeding to our new mothers."

Based on the World Health Organization (WHO)/ UNICEF's Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, the program aims to assist birth facility's support of breastfeeding mothers before, during and after delivery; encourages them to identify breastfeeding resources for the mother after she is discharged; and assists facilities in improving on national performance measures such as the Centers for Disease Control's (CDC) Breastfeeding Report Card. The goal of the Texas Ten Step Program is to increase breastfeeding initiation rates to 82 percent.

"Our lactation specialists as well as the entire women's services staff, are dedicated to providing education and support to improve breastfeeding success for the future health of our families," said Rebecca Meador, RN and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant.

For more information on the Texas Ten Step Program, call Veronica Hendrix, program coordinator at (512) 341-4592, or visit the web site at www.texastenstep.org

CONTACT: Prenatal Education/Lactation Services, Covenant Women's & Children's, (806) 725-6403.

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