Baby-Friendly USA has designated Providence Holy Cross Medical Center as one of only 59 “Baby-Friendly” hospitals nationwide. Providence was the only hospital to receive this designation out of the San Fernando, Santa Clarita, Simi and Antelope valleys. According to their Web site, “The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative is a global program sponsored by the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s Fund to encourage and recognize hospitals and birthing centers that offer an optimal level of care for lactation.” Baby-Friendly hospitals are chosen after a rigorous on-site survey focusing on the optimal level of care and information for breastfeeding mothers. “We feel like it validates the wonderful work we’ve been doing for the health of our patients and our community,” said Sherry Mendelson, RNC, PhD, IBCLC, a clinical nurse specialist and lactation consultant, in a written statement. Located in Mission Hills, Providence has been working toward the goal of a Baby-Friendly designation for five years. Providence offers round-the-clock breastfeeding support services, pump rentals and prenatal education in their Babywise new parent education service.