Application & Participating Hospitals

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.



Application – Take Your First Step

The Ohio First Steps for Healthy Babies program recognizes hospitals for implementing the Ten Steps, using a modified application form. Hospitals can earn up to five stars, earning one star to every two steps achieved. Hospitals can choose which steps to implement and in which order. Applications are accepted on a quarterly basis. Additional instructions for applying can be found here. Applications are reviewed by a team of local content experts.

All supporting documentation for applications can be sent to

First Steps FAQ.


For hospitals applying for new steps:
Application Link
Printable Version


For hospitals renewing previously awarded steps:

Application Link

Printable Version

*If you are looking to apply for new steps as well as renew steps within a single review period, we would ask if you could please submit one application for the new steps and a separate application for the renewal steps. This assists our review team in processing your steps.

Summary of application modifications effective July 2020.


Father/Partner Designation (New as of August 2022)

This application is for hospitals seeking designation solely for the father/partner component of steps they have already been awarded. Hospitals cannot apply for this designation for steps they have not already been awarded through Ohio First Steps. Contact the team if you have any questions:

Application Link

Printable Version

OHA Contact

Ryan Everett

Ryan Everett

Director, Community and Public Health Programs

Participating Hospitals - First Steps Program & Baby-Friendly Hospitals

Five-Star Hospitals

  • Adena Regional Medical Center
  • Aultman Orrville Hospital
  • Cleveland Clinic Akron General*
  • Cleveland Clinic Fairview Hospital*
  • Cleveland Clinic Hillcrest Hospital*
  • Firelands Regional Medical Center
  • Galion Community Hospital
  • Genesis Hospital
  • Holzer Gallipolis*
  • Kettering Health Hamilton
  • Kettering Health Washington Township
  • Licking Memorial Hospital*
  • Mercy Health – West Hospital
  • MetroHealth Medical Center
  • Miami Valley Hospital – Premier Health
  • Mount Carmel East*
  • Mount Carmel Grove City
  • Mount Carmel St. Ann’s*
  • OhioHealth Doctors Hospital*
  • OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital
  • OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital
  • OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital
  • Pomerene Hospital
  • ProMedica Bay Park Hospital
  • ProMedica Defiance Regional Hospital
  • ProMedica Toledo Hospital
  • Soin Medical Center
  • Southern Ohio Medical Center
  • Summa Akron City Hospital*
  • The Christ Hospital Medical Center – Liberty Campus
  • University Hospitals MacDonald Women’s Hospital*
  • University Hospitals MacDonald Women’s Hospital on the Campus of St. John Medical Center
  • University Hospitals TriPoint Medical Center*
  • University of Cincinnati Medical Center*
  • Upper Valley Medical Center – Premier Health
  • Wilson Health
  • Wooster Community Hospital