Last week, a Memphis television station asked us to participate in a story about a new study called “2019’s Best & Worst States to Have a Baby.” Unfortunately, the three states we serve did not fare well in the report—Tennessee ranked 38, Arkansas was 45th, and Mississippi was last on the list.
Kim Rickard, nurse manager of Baptist DeSoto’s labor and delivery unit, did a wonderful job of explaining some of the many ways we are making our hospitals great places to have a baby. And despite what this study says, we have so much to be proud of.
Many of our Mississippi hospitals are now designated as “Baby Friendly,” which recognizes hospitals that offer an optimal level of care for breastfeeding mothers and their babies. Our hospitals continue to practice blood loss best practices to prevent hemorrhage in moms after delivery. And, most importantly, we have a strong team of doctors, nurses and clinical staff dedicated to making the childbirth experience a safe and special one for every mom and baby.
These efforts help make our hospitals the best places to have a baby. Thank you for making that possible, and thank you for not accepting rankings like these as our reality. You’re proving that we can deliver world-class care anywhere because we’re dedicated to getting better.
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