Giving Birth at Beebe Healthcare
If you're looking at your options for hospital birth in lower, slower Delaware, you'll likely be including Beebe Healthcare in your search! Located in Lewes, Delaware, they are one of the few hospitals available to locals and they have a fantastic reputation and baby friendly distinctions. Let's take a look at resources that are available, classes, tours, and some reasons you may want to choose Beebe for your care.
Beebe has been recognized for their family centered practices and was awarded the Baby Friendly Distinction in 2014, along Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware recognizing Beebe Healthcare with a Blue Distinction® Center+ for Maternity Care award. They also are recognized by the National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program as a Gold Safe Sleep Champion. They have experienced and caring staff, including lactation consultants and midwives.
Here's the steps for becoming Baby Friendly, and it's obvious why these are great standards for the family unit! It's great to know that your birth and postpartum plans can be assisted and your wishes will be listened to while you receive care.
Baby-Friendly™:10 steps hospitals must meet
STEP 1: Have a written breastfeeding policy that is routinely communicated to all healthcare staff.
STEP 2: Train all healthcare staff in the skills necessary to implement this policy.
STEP 3: Inform all pregnant women about the benefits and management of breastfeeding.
STEP 4: Help mothers initiate breastfeeding within one hour of birth.
STEP 5: Show mothers how to breastfeed and how to maintain lactation even if they are separated from their infants.
STEP 6: Give infants no food or drink other than breast milk unless medically indicated.
STEP 7: Practice rooming-in to allow mothers and infants to remain together twenty-four hours a day.
STEP 8: Encourage breastfeeding on demand.
STEP 9: Give no pacifiers or artificial nipples to breastfeeding infants.
STEP 10: Foster the establishment of breastfeeding support groups and refer mothers to them on discharge from the hospital or birth center.
No matter where you choose to give birth, you should receive the best care possible and all the support you desire. Feel free to contact me for more information on giving birth in Delmarva! Check out my Resources page here, and watch for upcoming articles on other local birth centers and hospitals in the area.
*This post is informational purposes only, and is not sponsored by Beebe Healthcare in any way.