The Birth Center at TriStar Hendersonville receives 'BEST for Babies' award
We are proud to be recognized as the 'BEST for Babies' in our commitment to help reduce infant mortality.
Hendersonville, TN — In 2020, approximately 7 out of every 1,000 infants in Tennessee did not make it to their first birthday. To save lives, TriStar Hendersonville Medical Center continues its partnership with the Tennessee Department of Health (TDH) and Tennessee Hospital Association (THA) to reduce infant mortality by promoting breastfeeding, early elective delivery elimination and safe sleep to meet the criteria for the BEST award. The BEST award stands for Breastfeeding, Early elective delivery reduction and Safe sleep for Tennessee babies.
"TriStar Hendersonville is committed to the health and safety of all of our patients and is proud to partner with the TDH and THA in this important initiative," said Jan Alexander, nurse director for The Birth Center at TriStar Hendersonville.
According to the Tennessee Department of Health, increasing breastfeeding, reducing early elective delivery, and increasing adherence to safe sleep practices can reduce infant deaths. For 2020, Tennessee's infant mortality rate of 6.3 deaths per 1,000 live births exceeded the national rate of 5.6 deaths per 1,000 live births. Sleep-related deaths account for approximately 20% of all infant deaths each year. Prematurity was one of the leading causes of infant death in 2020, while infants that died in an unsafe sleep environment were the third leading cause. Breastfeeding is a known protective factor against infant mortality and improves the mother and the baby's overall health. Focusing on these efforts can increase the number of babies celebrating their first birthday.
TriStar Hendersonville Medical Center delivers more than 1,000 babies annually. To find out more about The Birth Center, visit the TriStar Hendersonville Medical Center website.