CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Alice has been recognized for improving the health of newborns and infants with a Texas Ten Step designation from the Texas Health and Human Services Commission.

CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Alice joins a growing number of Texas birth facilities that are supporting new mothers and their decision to breastfeed. The Texas Ten Step Program encourages breastfeeding as the preferred method of feeding for newborns and infants.

“We are so proud of our Labor and Delivery Teams who have worked very hard to promote newborn health and earn the Texas Ten Step designation,” said Margot Rios, Chief Nursing Officer of CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Alice. “It’s an honor to be included among Texas’ premier hospitals in promoting breastfeeding to our new mothers.”

Based on the World Health Organization (WHO)/ UNICEF’s Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, the program aims to assist birth facility’s 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.

In 2017, more than 400 babies were born at the hospital, according to Dolly Dickson, labor and delivery manager.

Dickerson is excited to continue working with pregnant women in Alice and surrounding communities who chose to breast feed their infants. Dickerson and Dr. Nirupama Patel stressed the importance as well as the benefits of breastfeeding infants.

Texas Ten Step facilities are asked to address 85 percent of the Ten Steps, 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.