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Ascension Via Christi Pittsburg recognized for “High 5” program

Pittsburg, KS- Ascension Via Christi Hospital Pittsburg has continued its commitment to infant
and maternal health by earning High 5 for Mom & Baby recognition, a program offered by the
United Methodist Health Ministry Fund.

High 5 for Mom & Baby provides resources and a framework to help Kansas hospitals and
birthing centers improve health outcomes for breastfeeding women and their infants. To obtain
this recognition, each facility is asked to complete a voluntary and self-reported evaluation and
to follow at least five of the ten evidence-based practices.

These steps are designed to increase breastfeeding initiation and duration rates in the state of
Kansas. According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), 60% of
mothers stopped breastfeeding sooner than they planned. Some factors that influence how
long or if a baby is breastfed include: hospital practices, education and encouragement, policies
or support in the workplace, and access to community support.

Along with the recognition of being named a High 5 for Mom & Baby facility, Ascension Via
Christi Hospital Pittsburg also receives on-going education and training
opportunities, support and resources through a community of delivery centers.

Ascension Via Christi Pittsburg receives High 5 for Mom and Baby designation
“We pride ourselves in helping our patients achieve their breastfeeding goals. We are so happy
to receive this recognition as we continually strive to provide the best care for all moms and
babies.” said Miranda Caskey, Lactation Consultant.

For more information on the High 5 for Mom & Baby, contact Gwen Whittit, Program Coordinator
at or visit the web site at

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