TIFTON, GA (WALB) - The Elene Dorminy Women's Pavilion and Birthing Center at Tift Regional Medical Center is almost in its final phase of becoming a baby-friendly hospital.
Right now, there are five baby-friendly facilities in Georgia and Tift Regional Medical Center is hoping to be the sixth hospital in the state.
Baby-friendly is a concept that started in 1991 by the World Health Organization and UNICEF.
The global initiative strives on providing parents with recommendations on what's considered best for their newborns.
For example, baby-friendly coordinators say mother and baby bonding is recommended for infants.
At the hospital, newborns will rarely be taken away from their mothers' rooms.
Most of the exams are done next to the mothers' bedsides, so they can watch and learn how to take care of their babies.
Breastfeeding is also something that is encouraged through the baby-friendly initiative.
"We give them the best and most up-to-date information, so they can make an informed decision and we support them regardless of the choice," says baby friendly coordinator Jessica Kennedy.
More information on the baby-friendly initiative can be found at Tift Regional's maternity fair which will be held on Saturday, April 30, 2016, starting at 9:00 a.m. at the Tift Regional Events Center.