Getting More Babies Skin-to-Skin Immediately After Birth

The Texas Ten Step Star Achiever Breastfeeding Learning Collaborative is a quality improvement initiative to help Texas hospitals create environments in which women’s choices concerning breastfeeding can best be supported, with the goal of increasing exclusive breastfeeding in the immediate postpartum period and continuing through six months of age. The project consists of up to 81 teams of Texas-based hospitals broken into three geographically-based cohorts.

Aggregate results for cohort A, which consists of 20 teams, shows the hospitals were able to raise their skin-to-skin rates after a vaginal birth from 34 percent to 55 percent in just 18 months. That’s two adjusted median lines on their run chart!

That means 10,080 more babies are going skin-to-skin right after birth than at the start of the collaborative.

Skin-to-Skin Rate (Vaginal Birth) - Average for All Hospitals in Texas Ten Step Star Achiever Breastfeeding Learning Collaborative (Cohort A)


Improve Support in Your Community

Are you interested in getting help with improving breastfeeding rates in your hospital, state or through an infant health or maternal care initiative? Learn more about NICHQ’s customized services.


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More Results

See more results from NICHQ’s breastfeeding projects.

Or, view the Texas Ten Step Star Achiever Breastfeeding Learning Collaborative for more information.