Norwood Hospital's Maternity Unit Earns Breastfeeding Award

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

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The Department of Public Health recently recognized Norwood Hospital’s Small Miracles Maternity Department with its 2012 Breastfeeding Achievement Award.

The distinction recognizes hospitals for following best practice in supporting breastfeeding mothers and their newborns. At Norwood Hospital some of these practices include advanced training for staff, as well as education and support for breastfeeding mothers. Norwood Hospital maternity patients have access to 17 RNs with certification as lactation counselors, and an outpatient lactation clinic. The hospital offers community-wide resources such as a free drop-in support group and a free lecture series on why and how to breastfeed.

“I’m so very proud of our maternity staff. This award signifies their commitment to our new moms and their babies to provide exceptional breastfeeding care,” said Jessica Buinicki, RN, BSN, Small Miracles’ nurse manager.

Norwood Hospital has also committed to achieving the Baby-Friendly Hospital designation. This designation, an initiative of the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), encourages hospitals to offer an optimal level of care for breastfeeding.  As part of the designation process, all nurses have completed an 18-hour curriculum on breastfeeding.

“Congratulations to our Small Miracles staff on their breastfeeding achievement. They consistently provide our new mothers and babies with the highest level of care and a wonderful patient experience in all regards,” said Emily Holliman, President, Norwood Hospital.

For more information about Norwood Hospital’s maternity services, childbirth education classes and breastfeeding education, please contact Dana Paris- Mahoney at 781-278-6402 or

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