ROCKWALL – Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Rockwall has earned the Texas Ten Step Program facility designation from the Texas Department of State Health Services to assist and support breastfeeding before, during and after delivery.
The Texas Ten Step Program encourages breastfeeding as the preferred method of feeding for newborns and infants. Recognizing the relationship between breastfeeding and improved newborn and infant health, the hospital has developed a detailed breastfeeding education and support program. Texas Health Rockwall joins a growing number of Texas birth facilities that are supporting new mothers and their decision to breastfeed.
Based on the World Health Organization’s (WHO)/ UNICEF’s Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, the program also encourages birth facilities 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 have 82 percent of infants exclusively breastfeeding when discharged.
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.
“We have worked very hard to earn the Texas Ten Step Program designation,” said Evelyne Laka, Director of Maternal Child Services. “And we are proud to join the other select Texas hospitals in promoting breastfeeding to our new mothers.”
For more info, call Veronica Hendrix, Program Coordinator at (512) 341-4592, or visit the web site at www.texastenstep.org.
By J.J. Smith