Redeemer Health's success at promoting and supporting breastfeeding has led to Keystone 10 (K10) designation by the PA Department of Health and the American Academy of Pediatrics Pennsylvania Chapter. To earn this special designation, Redeemer Health completed a series of 10 evidence-based steps that demonstrated achievement in such elements as breastfeeding initiation, exclusive breastfeeding, skin-to-skin contact, and rooming-in.
K10 designation is especially meaningful because studies have shown that breastfeeding is the single most important way to improve infant health outcomes. It has been found that babies who receive their own mother’s milk are healthier and experience fewer hospitalizations. Additionally, women who breastfeed lower their risk of cancer, cardiovascular diseases, and diabetes compared with women who do not breastfeed.
“Keystone 10 designation shows our dedication to promote and support breastfeeding for all of our mothers and babies. It demonstrates our overall goal of improving breastfeeding care and rates, and ultimately improving the health of mothers and babies," says Christina Marczak, Director of Maternal Child Health at Redeemer Heath.
Redeemer Health’s support of breastfeeding begins even before a baby is born. We provide free online prenatal breastfeeding classes to prepare expectant moms for their breastfeeding journey and help them feel confident about latching, positioning, feeding amounts, and where to access breastfeeding resources and products. Once in our maternity center, new moms receive one or two visits from a lactation consultant, as well as supplemental breastfeeding education and assistance from maternity nurses. Additionally, we provide breastfeeding booklets and feeding logs, as well as supportive devices if needed.
To view Redeemer Health’s online prenatal breast classes, visit redeemerhealth.org/prenatal-breastfeeding-classes. For more information about maternity care at Redeemer Health, visit redeemerhealth.org/maternitycare.
About Redeemer Health
With an emphasis on providing a continuum of care, Redeemer Health remains true to the Mission to Care, Comfort and Heal that its Founders, the Sisters of the Redeemer, began in our region in 1924 – to provide high quality, compassionate care. A Catholic healthcare provider, Redeemer offers a wide range of healthcare and health-related services, including an acute care hospital, home health and hospice services, three skilled nursing facilities, personal care, a retirement community, low-income housing, an independent living community, transitional housing program for homeless families, and multiple homes for intellectually and developmentally disabled adults. With corporate offices in Huntingdon Valley, PA, Redeemer Health serves southeastern Pennsylvania and 11 counties in New Jersey, from Union County south to Cape May County.