MotherBaby Summit

The 2016 Massachusetts MotherBaby Summit #8 was held on Thursday, April 7, 2016 at the DCU Center in Worcester, MA. The Summit attracted 138 maternity leaders and staff from 33 of the 48 maternity facilities in Massachusetts. We celebrated the 22 hospitals on the 4D Pathway – and especially encouraged the 5 that are D4 (Brockton, Cooley Dickinson, Emerson, Martha’s Vineyard and Norwood). 7 colleagues from New Hampshire attended, representing 3 hospitals and the state’s project coordinator.

So, what is the MotherBaby Summit all about? Well, if you don't get breastfeeding going in the first few days, you probably won't be breastfeeding in the next couple of months. Where are mothers and babies in the first few days? They're in the maternity hospital. We trust doctors and nurses that they know what they are doing, but the fact is that most US maternity hospitals score horribly low when graded on how they optimize mother/baby care. For example, babies are born and whisked away from their mothers, nurses and doctors are poorly trained in breastfeeding medicine, and hospitals hand out formula to new mothers that they have received for free. Changing that and more is what the MotherBaby Summit Initiative and this website are all about.

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