The women's care service line will hold an open house Nov. 30 to celebrate its renovated postpartum nursing unit. The open house will be held from noon until 2 p.m. on 5 East in the university hospital, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony around 12:15 p.m. Guests can expect to see new furniture, flooring and televisions throughout the unit. Each room is outfitted with breast pumps to facilitate and encourage breast-feeding.
The service line was selected to participate in the National Initiative for Children's Healthcare Quality Best Fed Beginnings collaborative program and will be working to achieve the baby-friendly status, according to Vicki Marsi, administrator for the women's care service line. MUSC is one of 90 hospitals that will take part in the two-year program that targets increasing breast-feeding rates.
To be given the baby-friendly designation, a hospital must implement the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, which were established by the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children's Fund. Marsi said the program's goal is to improve patient outcomes by educating mothers about the benefits of breast-feeding. Staff policies are being redesigned and formal patient education materials are being put together to be distributed.