Sutter Maternity & Surgery Center of Santa Cruz Earns Two Awards for Excellent Care of Mothers and Newborns
SANTA CRUZ, Calif.–Sutter Maternity & Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, part of the Sutter Health network, announced today it has earned a Perinatal Care Certification from The Joint Commission as well as designation as a Baby-Friendly hospital – two recognitions from prestigious industry groups underscoring the hospital’s outstanding care for families and newborn babies.
The Joint Commission, an independent organization accrediting health care organizations across the U.S., awards the Perinatal Care Certification to accredited hospitals that have met guidelines for high standards of care given to a mother and her baby, before, during and after birth.
The designation of Baby-Friendly hospital is from Baby-Friendly USA, Inc., the authority that implements the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI), a global program sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). SMSC first became a Baby-Friendly hospital in 2012, and has now received a second, five-year designation.
Both honors required rigorous onsite surveys.
“We are thrilled to receive recognition from these two premier organizations,’’ said Trina White, chief administrative officer of SMSC. “It is validation of the commitment and skills of our teams of clinicians who continually focus on quality care that ensures mothers have a safe and successful delivery, and the kind of birth experience they desire.’’
Experts with The Joint Commission gave SMSC high marks for coordinated patient-centered care that starts with prenatal and continues through postpartum care, the time when families have left the hospital and need outpatient care for their baby. They also noted the hospital’s success in reducing the number of unnecessary cesarean sections and supporting breastfeeding.
The Baby-Friendly designation is based on the organization’s Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, and recognizes birth facilities that offer mothers the information, confidence and skills needed to breastfeed their babies. Perinatal nurses must have 20 hours of breastfeeding education that includes the skills to help mothers make an informed choice about feeding practices and supporting that choice. Other key requirements include emphasizing mother-baby bonding with practices such as placing the baby on the mother’s chest immediately after birth, and having mother and the newborn baby share the same room.