Laurie-Anne Targett Brown, lactation counselor and nurse and with more than 40 years’ experience, checks an infant’s vital signs at Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington. Submitted photo

FARMINGTON — Franklin Memorial Hospital was recently named to Newsweek’s 2021 list of Best Maternity Care Hospitals for providing exceptional care to mothers, newborns and their families.

Hospitals were recognized based on the results of the 2020 Leapfrog Hospital Survey conducted by The Leapfrog Group, an independent nonprofit that monitors the quality and safety of hospitals. This includes achieving lower rates of c-sections, early elective delivery and episiotomy, as well as assuring bilirubin screening for all newborns and blood clot prevention techniques for mothers delivering via c-section.

The doctors and nurse midwife at Franklin Health Women’s Care offer special medical expertise for care during pregnancy and childbirth, delivering about 250 babies each year at Franklin Memorial Hospital.

FMH was one of 217 facilities across the country to be on the list.

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