Newborn delivery services to Apple Health clients

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Apple Health (Medicaid) Provider Alert

Effective January 1, 2018, the Health Care Authority (the agency) will require all health care facilities that provide newborn delivery services to Apple Health clients to have established policies and procedures to provide: 

(a) Skin-to-skin placement of the newborn on the mother's chest immediately following birth to promote the initiation of breastfeeding; and 

(b) Room-in practices in which a newborn and a mother share the same room for the duration of their post-delivery stay at the facility. 

The requirement is in compliance with RCW 74.09.475. 

Health care facilities should follow evidenced based nationally recognized recommendations for these practices. Examples and resources can be found at the Washington State Department of Health’s Breastfeeding Friendly Washington program 

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