McKINNEY (May 15, 2014) — Medical Center of McKinney continues to be a leader in improving the health of newborns and infants by earning the Texas Ten Step Program facility designation from the Texas Department of State Health Services for the second time.

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The Texas Ten Step Program encourages breastfeeding as the preferred method of feeding for newborns and infants. Medical Center of McKinney is one of a growing number of Texas birth facilities that are supporting new mothers and their decision to breastfeed.

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 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. 

Texas Ten Step facilities are asked to address 85% 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.

“Medical Center of McKinney first achieved the Texas Ten Step Program designation in 2011, and we’ve worked hard to maintain this designation and support breastfeeding to our new moms,” said Martha Langham, Director of Women’s & Children’s Services for Medical Center of McKinney.

For more information on the Texas Ten Step Program, call Veronica Hendrix, Program Coordinator at 512-341-4592, or visit the web site at texastenstep.org.

 

About Medical Center of McKinney

Medical Center of McKinney (MCM) is a growing 260-bed hospital with a 90-year history of serving the health care needs of McKinney and the surrounding communities. Over the past several years, MCM has strengthened its medical foundations by adding two new surgical robots, a newly remodeled labor and delivery suites, a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and an advanced biplane catherization (cath) lab to treat heart rhythm disorders. Medical Center of McKinney will be expanding its services to the community with the addition of a new off-campus emergency department at 380 & Custer in 2015. For more information visit medicalcenterofmckinney.com.