St. David’s Women’s Center of Texas Earns Texas Ten Step Re-designation
8/1/2016 12:00:00 AM
AUSTIN, Texas—St. David’s Women’s Center of Texas, located on the campus of St. David’s North Austin Medical Center, continues to take steps towards improving the health of newborns and infants by earning the Texas Ten Step Program facility re-designation from the Texas Department of State Health Services.
The Texas Ten Step Program encourages breastfeeding as the preferred method of feeding for newborns and infants. St. David’s Women’s Center of Texas is one of a growing number of Texas birth facilities that are supporting new mothers and their decision to breastfeed.
Based on the World Health Organization (WHO)/UNICEF’s Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, the program aims to assist birth facilities’ support of breastfeeding mothers before, during and after delivery; encourages them to identify breastfeeding resources for the mother after she is discharged; and assists facilities in improving on national performance measures, such as the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) Breastfeeding Report Card. The goal of the Texas Ten Step Program is to increase breastfeeding initiation rates to 82 percent.
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, maternity care practices; and educate all healthcare staff routinely with evidence-based courses.
“Our team has worked very hard to earn and hold the Texas Ten Step Program designation,” Allen Harrison, chief executive officer of St. David’s North Austin Medical Center, said. “We are proud to stand with select Texas hospitals in promoting breastfeeding to our new mothers.”
For more information on the Texas Ten Step Program visit www.texastenstep.org.
St. David’s Women’s Center of Texas
St. David’s Women’s Center of Texas, located on the campus of St. David's North Austin Medical Center, is the first dedicated, comprehensive center in Central Texas devoted entirely to the health and wellness of women of all ages. The facility includes a 57-bed Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit; 29 labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum rooms; 50 dedicated postpartum rooms; 26 antepartum beds; 5 Cesarean section surgical suites; 24/7 neonatology coverage; obstetrics and gynecology hospitalists; and a midwifery program. St. David’s Women’s Center of Texas features four maternal-fetal medicine physicians and lactation consultants. The hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is the only NICU in Texas—and one of only 10 NICUs nationwide—to receive a silver-level Beacon Award for Excellence from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses in 2015. St. David’s Women’s Center of Texas is part of St. David’s HealthCare, one of the largest health systems in Texas, which was recognized with a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in 2014.
St. David’s North Austin Medical Center
St. David’s North Austin Medical Center is part of St. David’s HealthCare, one of the largest health systems in Texas, which was recognized with a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in 2014. The 378-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. The facility also features a 24-hour emergency department, the Texas Institute for Robotic Surgery, the Bariatric Center, heart and vascular center, neurology and neurosurgery, a kidney transplant program, inpatient and outpatient surgery, and acute inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation, among many others. St. David’s North Austin Medical Center is also home to St. David’s Children’s Hospital. In 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016, the hospital earned a national distinction for patient safety from The Leapfrog Group.