The Maternity Center at Cabell Huntington Hospital achieves prestigious Birthing-Friendly Designation by CMS

Thursday, June 27, 2024

Cabell Huntington Hospital (CHH), a member of Marshall Health Network, today announced The Maternity Center has been designated as Birthing-Friendly by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). This prestigious recognition underscores the hospital’s commitment to providing exceptional maternal care and fostering a safe, supportive environment for childbirth.

Cabell Huntington Hospital has been designated as Birthing-Friendly by the Centers Medicare and Medicaid Services.

The Birthing-Friendly designation is awarded to hospitals that demonstrate excellence in delivering high-quality maternity care and adhere to the best practices in labor and delivery. CMS evaluates hospitals based on their performance in areas such as patient safety, quality improvement and the implementation of evidence-based practices.

"Achieving the Birthing-Friendly designation is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our entire maternity care team," said Melanie Akers, DNP, vice president of Women’s and Children’s Services at Marshall Health Network and director of The Maternity Center at CHH. "We continually strive to improve our services and ensure that our patients receive the best possible care during one of the most important times in their lives."

The Maternity Center at Cabell Huntington Hospital offers a comprehensive range of services designed to support mothers and their families throughout the childbirth journey. These services include prenatal care, high-risk pregnancy care, labor and delivery, postpartum care and lactation support. The center is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and staffed by a team of experienced obstetricians, nurses and specialists who are committed to providing personalized care.

In addition to the Birthing-Friendly designation, The Maternity Center at Cabell Huntington Hospital offers various resources aimed at enhancing maternal and infant health outcomes. These initiatives include comprehensive prenatal education programs with special support for those with a high-risk pregnancy, enhanced monitoring and support during labor and postnatal follow-up care to ensure the well-being of both mother and baby.

"We are honored to receive the Birthing-Friendly designation from CMS," said Tim Martin, COO of CHH. "Cabell Huntington Hospital remains committed to advancing maternal and infant health through innovation, excellence and compassionate care. The Birthing-Friendly designation is a significant milestone in the hospital’s ongoing efforts to provide outstanding maternity services to the community.”

The recognition by CMS is part of a broader effort to promote high-quality maternity care nationwide. By identifying and honoring hospitals that excel in maternity care, CMS aims to encourage continuous improvement and the adoption of best practices across the healthcare industry.

For more information about The Maternity Center at Cabell Huntington Hospital, please visit or call 304.526.BABY.