At the American College of Nurse Midwives (ACNM) Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., Hudson Physicians was recognized for having the highest rate for exclusive breastfeeding patients among their peers. This means that more patients under the care of the Hudson Physicians midwives were exclusively breastfeeding their children at the six-month mark (no formula) than any other midwife practice in the country.
Close to 300 midwifery practices representing over 1,000 midwives submitted statistics for this category. Elizabeth Barry-Jensen, one of the Hudson Physicians midwives, attended the conference and was pleasantly surprised by the honor. “I always submit our stats so that we can see how we’re doing nationally and to track our progress year over year. But I was actually surprised to hear we were a category winner! And I’m very proud of the work we’ve done for the clinic and this community.”
Breastfeeding has been proven to offer unparalleled immunological and anti-inflammatory properties that protect against a host of illnesses and diseases for both mothers and children. According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), formula feeding is associated with increases in common childhood infections, such as diarrhea and ear infections.
The ACNM sets the standard for excellence in midwifery education. They review and promote industry research, plus work with state and federal agencies to advance the well being of women and infants through the practice of midwifery. Elizabeth is an active member of this organization and enjoys attending the annual conference where the latest practice techniques, information and vision for the future of women’s health are shared.