South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg Welcomes Memorial's First Baby of 2012

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg Welcomes Memorial's First Baby of 2012

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, CEO Phil Newbold, and parents

Just hours before he was sworn into office, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg stopped by Memorial Hospital to help welcome our first baby of 2012. Baby Caleb was born at 12:14 a.m. on 1/1/12. He was the first baby born in St. Joseph County. 

Phil Newbold also made a special announcement to kick-off Memorial’s journey to become designated by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) as an organization that actively promotes breastfeeding and bonding for babies and mothers. 

This journey, officially named the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) is a global program sponsored by the WHO and UNICEF to encourage and recognize hospitals that offer an optimal level of care for infant feeding. 

Around the entire world, there are 15,000 hospitals in 134 countries with this specific designation by UNICEF and the World Health Organization. The goal by 2020 is to have at least 8 percent of U.S. hospitals to be designated, and Memorial is very proud to be a part of this important movement.

For more information about Memorial's Baby-Friendly work, please visit Blog to Baby Friendly, hosted by Memorial's Childbirth Center.