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First Steps for Healthy Babies
Maternity Care Best Practice Award 2017 - Recognized Hospitals

The Ohio First Steps for Healthy Babies is a voluntary breastfeeding designation program that recognizes maternity centers in Ohio for taking steps to promote, protect, and support breastfeeding in their organization. A star is awarded for every two steps achieved in the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, as defined by the World Health Organization and Baby-Friendly USA. Hospitals can earn five stars as a part of this effort. The initiative encourages maternity centers across the state to promote and support breastfeeding one step at a time along with the option to select which steps, some or all, to adopt.

This recognition is for facilities that do not provide any formula company-sponsored gift/diaper bags, which often include formula and/or formula company-sponsored materials. This includes gifts with formula company logos, such as breastfeeding covers. Research has shown that distribution of formula marketing materials has been shown to decrease breastfeeding initiation and duration rates.


Click below to see previously recognized hospitals:

The Ohio Hospital Association, Ohio Department of Health, Ohio Lactation Consultant Association, and Ohio Breastfeeding Alliance are pleased to announce that the following hospitals have achieved recognition as being a "Bag Free" facility in 2017. 

  • Adena Regional Medical Center
  • Atrium Medical Center
  • Aultman Orrville Hospital
  • Berger Health System
  • Cleveland Clinic Akron General Medical Center
  • Cleveland Clinic Fairview Hospital
  • Cleveland Clinic Hillcrest Hospital
  • Clinton Memorial Hospital
  • Community Hospitals & Wellness Centers - Bryan Hospital
  • Fairfield Medical Center
  • Firelands Regional Medical Center
  • Fisher-Titus Medical Center
  • Fulton County Health Center
  • Galion Community Hospital
  • Genesis Hospital
  • Good Samaritan Hospital - Dayton
  • Henry County Hospital
  • Holzer Gallipolis
  • Joint Township District Memorial Hospital
  • Knox Community Hospital
  • Lake Health TriPoint Medical Center
  • Lake Health West Medical Center
  • Licking Memorial Hospital
  • Lima Memorial Health System
  • Mercer Health
  • Mercy Health Anderson Hospital
  • Mercy Health Fairfield Hospital
  • Mercy Medical Center
  • Mercy Regional Hospital
  • Mercy Health West Hospital
  • MetroHealth Medical Center
  • Miami Valley Hospital
  • Miami Valley Hospital South
  • Mount Carmel East
  • Mount Carmel St. Ann's
  • Mount Carmel West
  • OhioHealth Doctor's Hospital
  • OhioHealth Dublin Methodist Hospital
  • OhioHealth Grady Memorial Hospital
  • OhioHealth Grant Medical Center
  • OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital
  • OhioHealth Marion General Hospital
  • OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital
  • OhioHealth Shelby Hospital
  • The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
  • ProMedica Bay Park Hospital
  • ProMedica Defiance Regional Hospital
  • ProMedica Flower Hospital
  • ProMedica Memorial Hospital
  • ProMedica Toledo Hospital 
  • Southern Ohio Medical Center
  • Southview Medical Center
  • Southwest General Health Center
  • St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital
  • St. Joseph Warren Hospital
  • St. Luke's Hospital
  • Summa Akron City Hospital
  • Summa Barberton Hospital
  • The Christ Hospital
  • Trumbull Memorial Hospital
  • UH Elyria Medical Center
  • UH Geauga Medical Center
  • UH MacDonald Women's Hospital
  • UH Parma Medical Center
  • UH Portage Medical Center
  • UH St. John Medical Center
  • Union Hospital
  • University of Cincinnati Medical Center
  • Upper Valley Medical Center
  • Wayne Healthcare
  • Wilson Health
  • Wooster Community Hospital
  • Wright-Patterson Medical Center

Congratulations to our recognized hospitals!



(Hospital staff accepting 2017 awards at the Annual OLCA conference on March 16, 2018)

If your facility was 'Bag Free' in 2017, and would like recognition, please contact Ryan Everett

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