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St. David’s Women’s Center of Texas Designated as a 2012 Texas Ten Step Facility

6/8/2012 12:00:00 AM

St. David’s Women’s Center of Texas, located at St. David’s North Austin Medical Center has been designated as a 2012 Texas Ten Step facility by the Department of State Health Services and the Texas Hospital Association. This annual designation is awarded to birthing facilities that provide optimal care to improve breastfeeding outcomes and the health of newborns and infants.

Award Recognizes the Women’s Center as Supportive Environment for New Mothers

AUSTIN, Texas—St. David’s Women’s Center of Texas, located at St. David’s North Austin Medical Center has been designated as a 2012 Texas Ten Step facility by the Department of State Health Services and the Texas Hospital Association. This annual designation is awarded to birthing facilities that provide optimal care to improve breastfeeding outcomes and the health of newborns and infants.

The Texas Ten Step Program encourages breastfeeding as the preferred method of feeding for newborns and infants. This designation recognizes that St. David’s Women’s Center of Texas is providing an environment that creates positive outcomes for breastfeeding families and supports new mothers and their decision to breastfeed.

St. David’s Women’s Center of Texas has implemented 10 goals, or “steps,” to support mothers who intend to breastfeed their infants. Texas Ten Step facilities are asked to address 85 percent of the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, be designated as a Texas Mother-Friendly Worksite, evaluate their breastfeeding policies and maternity care practices, and routinely educate all health care staff with evidence-based courses.

Based on the World Health Organization and UNICEF’s Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, the program aims to assist birthing facilities’ support of breastfeeding mothers before, during and after delivery; encourages them to identify breastfeeding resources for the mother after she is discharged; and encourages facilities to reach the Healthy People 2020 goal of having 82 percent of mothers exclusively breastfeeding when they go home with their newborn.

The Texas Medical Association officially endorsed the Texas Ten Step Program in 2009 to encourage hospitals to create an environment that supports the breastfeeding mother.

For more information on the Texas Ten Step Program at St. David’s Women’s Center of Texas, call Veronica Hendrix, program coordinator, at (512) 341-4592, or visit www.TexasTenStep.org.



St. David’s North Austin Medical Center
St. David’s North Austin Medical Center, located at 12221 North Mopac Expressway, is part of St. David’s HealthCare, one of the largest health systems in Texas, which was recognized in January 2012 as one of the top 15 health systems in the U.S. by Thomson Reuters, a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of healthcare. The 332-bed multi-specialty, acute care facility is dedicated to the highest level of women’s health services, including maternity and newborn care with Level I, II and III nurseries at the adjacent St. David’s Women’s Center of Texas, as well as a 24-hour emergency department, the Texas Institute for Robotic Surgery, heart and vascular center, neurology and neurosurgery, a kidney transplant program, inpatient and outpatient surgery, and acute inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation, among many others. Thomson Reuters named St. David’s North Austin Medical Center to the list of 100 Top Hospitals in 2012. For more information, please visit StDavids.com.

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