Daily Message


July 27, 2016: Statewide Mother-Baby Summit Set for September

NJHA will host maternity experts and practitioners from around the state September 19 for the annual Statewide Mother-Baby Summit.

The Mother-Baby Summit will focus on the New Jersey Baby-Friendly Hospital initiative. This initiative is a quality improvement program aimed at increasing breastfeeding rates in the state’s maternity hospitals. At the beginning of the work in New Jersey there were no designated Baby-Friendly hospitals in the state. New Jersey now has seven hospitals designated as Baby-Friendly, and about 18 additional hospitals on their way to achieving this prestigious designation.

Featured speakers include:

  • Richard Schanler, director of neonatal services at Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York and professor at Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine,
  • Ruth Lawrence, an award-winning educator and physician and professor of pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, and
  • Diane Spatz, director of Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Lactation Program, professor of perinatal nursing, Helen M. Shearer term professor of nutrition and an internationally recognized expert on breastfeeding and human lactation.

In the spirit of the Partnership for Patients’ “all teach-all learn” atmosphere, the event includes a hospital panel and storyboard presentations illustrating the experiences of New Jersey hospitals along the Baby-Friendly pathway.

Click here to register online.