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Women & Infants Hospital in 2015 received the prestigious international recognition as a Baby-Friendly® Designated birth facility. Women & Infants is the second-largest hospital in the nation to achieve this designation, and Rhode Island now ranks number one in the country in the percentage of babies born at Baby-Friendly® hospitals.

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 encourages and recognizes hospitals and birthing centers that offer an optimal level of care for breastfeeding mothers and promote the best, evidence-based feeding practices for all babies.  

Over the past few years, Women & Infants has implemented a number of maternity care practices that encourage breastfeeding and offer parents and babies the support and resources they need. These practices include rooming-in, skin-to-skin, and not distributing formula or artificial nipples (including pacifiers).