"Health care systems should ensure that maternity care practices provide education and counseling on breastfeeding. Hospitals should become more “baby-friendly,” by taking steps like those recommended by the UNICEF/WHO’s Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative.”
Regina A. Benjamin, MD, MBA
US Surgeon General
All of Baby-Friendly’s operations have been consolidated into the Albany Office. Please update your contacts to ensure that all communication and payments are directed to Baby-Friendly USA, Inc., 125 Wolf Road, Suite 125, Albany, NY 12205. Phone (518) 621-7982 Fax (518) 621-7983 firstname.lastname@example.org. Liz Westwater, Accreditation Director may be reached by contacting the Albany Office.
Fee Schedule - Effective July 1, 2015
Ongoing changes in the health care industry relating to vendor compliance and payment processing requirements have necessitated that Baby-Friendly USA undergo a thorough review of its fee structure. We expect that this review will be completed and aligned with the strategic plan approved by the Board of Directors in early 2016. While undertaking the review, we will hold the current fee schedule in place until July 1, 2016. Going forward, it is our intent to minimize any increases in fees that might become necessary; however, as forces outside our control impact our budget, we may be required to increase fees to cover mandated expenses. To see the fee schedules for new facilities entering the 4-D Pathway and Designated Facilities, please click here.
Who Can Use the Term Baby-Friendly®
Baby-Friendly® is a registered certification mark of Baby-Friendly USA, Inc. The term "Baby-Friendly" is reserved for use by facilities who have demonstrated through an on-site assessment that they have met the criteria outlined in the most current version of the Guidelines and Evaluation Criteria. Click here to read BFUSA's position on endorsements of products and services.
As previously announced, effective January 1, 2015, all facilities participating in the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative are required to display the Ten Steps Poster language exactly as it appears on the poster available through the Baby Friendly website portal (see your dashboard for poster download instructions.) Facilities who have used altered language must also post the Baby-Friendly USA version of the poster in all maternity areas as indicated in the Guidelines and Evaluation Criteria. For translations into other languages, the translation must have been “back translated” into English again by an expert translator who has not seen the original translation, and found to be accurate.
Calculating Fair Market Value - Updates posted for Development & Designation Phases
On March 14, 2014 updates to DEV_4 Calculating the Costs of Becoming Baby-Friendly and DESIG_5 Attestation of Purchase of Breast Milk Substitutes have been added to the secure portal for registered users. Please begin using the new forms immediately. See your Dashboard for more information.
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