• MercyOne Clinton Medical Center and North Heath Plaza receive Baby-Friendly designation

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    May 01, 2023
     MercyOne Clinton Medical Center and MercyOne North Health Plaza were recently recognized for their high standards of care for breastfeeding mothers and their babies.
    Baby-Friendly USA, the accrediting body and national authority for the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative in the U.S., awarded its international Baby-Friendly designation to MercyOne Clinton Medical Center and MercyOne North Health Plaza.

    This designation is awarded to facilities adhering to the highest standards of care for breastfeeding mothers and their babies. These standards are built on the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) for optimal infant feeding support in the precious first days of a newborn’s life. 

    “We are extremely proud to have earned the Baby-Friendly designation by Baby-Friendly USA. We have a very talented and collaborative team and a wonderful culture of excellence that puts our patients at the center of all that we do. MercyOne is committed to providing the support, education and resources moms need to successfully prepare for their new journey. In addition to breastfeeding training that all our birth center nurses receive, we are lucky to have Taylor Ruchotzke, Amber Herzmann, Adri Rombouts, Lisa Determan and Dr. Liz Pehl certified in lactation education and counseling,” said Liz Macke, Director of the MercyOne Clinton Birth Center.

    Certified lactation counselor, Amber Herzmann RN C-EFM CLC, hosts breast-feeding classes every other month that teach moms everything they need to know about the basics of breastfeeding. In this class, she covers breast care, proper positioning and attachment, breast pumps, milk storage and back-to-work strategies. In addition to classes, Dr. Liz Pehl and Taylor Ruchotzke are available for lactation appointments at our MercyOne Health plaza to assist moms.

    MercyOne Clinton Medical Center is committed to giving patients the highest level of support by implementing evidence-based care through the Baby-Friendly 10 Steps to Successful Breastfeeding to ensure that mothers delivering at our facility who intend to breastfeed, as well as those who cannot or decide not to breastfeed, are supported.


    About MercyOne
    MercyOne is a connected system of health care facilities and services dedicated to helping people and communities live their best life. MercyOne’s care providers and staff make health the highest priority. The system’s clinics, medical centers, hospitals and affiliates are located throughout the state of Iowa and beyond. Headquartered in central Iowa, MercyOne is a member of Trinity Health (based in Livonia, Michigan) – one of the largest not-for-profit Catholic health care systems in the nation. Learn more at MercyOne.org.
    About Baby-Friendly USA
    As the accrediting body and national authority for the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) in the United States, Baby-Friendly USA is responsible for upholding the highest standards in infant feeding care by coordinating and conducting all activities necessary to confer the prestigious Baby-Friendly designation and ensure the widespread adoption of the BFHI in the US. Learn more about Baby-Friendly USA and the BFHI at www.babyfriendlyusa.org.

    C. Pamela Glennon, Eastern Iowa Communications Lead
    pamela.glennon@mercyhealth.com, (563) 589-8112