Excellence in Women's Health
With our international designation at a Baby-Friendly hospital, we're taking health care to a whole new level.
Baby Friendly – Gold Standard of Care
St. Peter’s Hospital is the FIRST hospital in the Capital Region to receive Baby-Friendly designation - considered the gold standard in maternity care.
The designation was awarded by Baby-Friendly USA, Inc. as part of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative. The initiative was launched by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). The global initiative encourages and recognizes hospitals and birthing centers that offer an optimal level of care for breastfeeding mothers and their babies.
This prestigious recognition means St. Peter's provides breastfeeding mothers with the support, confidence and resources they need to successfully initiate and continue breastfeeding their babies.
- Skin-to-skin contact between the parent and baby within the first hours of the baby's birth to promote bonding and breastfeeding
- Breastfeeding within the first hours of the baby's birth
- Rooming-in for newborns to help parents get to know their new baby and learn baby care
At St. Peter's Hospital, we take a holistic approach to caring for women, babies and families. Led by a premier team of physicians, midwives, nurses and clinical staff, our awards and accolades are truly a testament to the caring, compassionate people who work here every day.
America's Best Hospitals for Obstetrics
For the third straight year, St. Peter's has been named one of America's Best Hospitals for Obstetrics by the Women’s Choice Award® 2015, 2016 and 2017. The hospital was recognized for superior clinical excellence in obstetrics, our on-site Level III NICU, top scores on female patient satisfaction surveys and high recommendation ratings. The Women’s Choice seal signifies our dedication to providing maternity care tailored to the unique needs of mothers and their babies.
Beacon Award for Excellence (NICU)
St. Peter's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) has received the silver-level, Beacon Award for Excellence from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN). The award represents a significant milestone on the path to exceptional patient care and healthy work environments. The award recognizes unit caregivers who successfully improve patient outcomes and align practices with AACN's six Healthy Work Environment Standards.