Birth Place at Community Hospital joins network

Marsha Bagby

The Birth Place at Community Hospital in Grand Junction has joined a statewide network providing birthing services.

“We are extremely proud to be a new member of the Colorado Baby-Friendly Hospital Collaborative,” said Marsha Bagby, director of the Birth Place at Community Hospital. “Our staff has worked very closely with this organization, and it underscores our commitment toward evidence-based maternity and breastfeeding care for mothers and babies in our community.”

The network of 27 hospitals and birthing centers accounts for about 37 percent of births annually in Colorado. The network is in turn part of a group of more than 500 hospitals and centers in the United States and more than 22,000 facilities worldwide.

The collaborative works to increase breastfeeding initiation, duration and exclusivity rates in Colorado through breastfeeding support practices. The group also promotes policies and practices to improve the health outcomes of mothers and babies.

The United Nations Children’s Fund and World Health Organization launched the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative in 1991 to assist and recognize hospitals that offer optimal care for mothers and babies. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment oversees the effort at the state level.

The Birth Place at Community Hospital operates an eight-bed facility that offers labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum care. The facility also promotes breastfeeding and bonding. For additional information, log on to the website located at www.YourCommunityHospital.com.