BEST for Babies

Published on November 11th, 2022 by Christina Echegaray.

Vanderbilt University Medical Center was named a BEST for Babies hospital by the Tennessee Department of Health.

The award recognizes labor and delivery, nursery and postpartum service efforts to reduce infant mortality utilizing Breastfeeding, Early elective delivery reduction and Safe sleep for Tennessee babies (BEST).

VUMC is one of 10 Tennessee birthing hospitals named for the 2021 award cycle.

“This award reflects the hard work of our obstetric and pediatric teams,” said Anna Morad, MD, associate professor of Pediatrics and director, Newborn Nursery at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.

“We consistently have excellent breastfeeding initiation rates and very low early elective C-section rates. The newborn nursery recently completed a yearlong quality improvement project with Tennessee Initiative for Perinatal Quality Care to improve safe sleep for infants in our hospital.”