Center for Women's Health Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative

OHSU is on the journey to becoming a Baby-Friendly hospital.

What is Baby-Friendly?

The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) is a global program that was launched by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) to encourage and recognize hospitals and birthing centers that offer an optimal level of care for infant feeding and mother/baby bonding.  

What does that mean for expectant mothers and newborns?

The foundation of the Baby-Friendly initiative is centered on delivering patient-centered care that improves health outcomes for mothers and babies. You can expect:

Breastfeeding Support

Our caring staff will help you get started breastfeeding your baby. Many of our nurses are trained in lactation support and specially trained lactation consultants are available daily to offer assistance and make sure you get things off to a great start. After you go home, lactation consultants are available by appointment to support you on your breastfeeding journey.

Rooming In

To strengthen the parent-child bond, your baby will stay in your room 24-hours a day. You'll have plenty of space in your room for Dad, partner or special guest.

Skin to Skin Contact

You will be encouraged to hold your baby skin-to-skin. Your body is a natural warmer for your baby and early contact can help with breastfeeding. Above all, this is a special bonding time for you and your baby.

At OHSU, we know that every birth is unique and every baby is a special gift. That is why we do everything possible to ensure your experience is personalized to meet your individual needs. We are honored to be part of this exciting time in your life. We look forward to sharing your pregnancy and a safe and joyful childbirth with you.

OHSU has the distinction of having the region's top specialists in high-risk maternal fetal medicine available 24 hours a day. Additionally, the Doernbecher Neonatal Intensive Care Unit is steps away should your baby need special attention.