Bronson Battle Creek and Bronson Kalamazoo are among hospitals in Michigan receiving special acknowledgement for their maternity care.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan designated both hospitals as Blue Distinction Centers for the “expertise” they showed in making the birth process safe and effective; other requirements include demonstrating what is called "Family Centered Care" practices, such as allowing mothers and infants to stay together 24 hours a day.

To receive the extra "Blue Distinction Center+" designation, they also had to show that they were cost efficient.

Medical Director of Value Partnerships at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Amy McKenzie, MD, MBA, says in a release that the designation is "an indication of quality performance, safe and effective care for many thousands of Michigan residents who add to their families."

The 47 awarded hospitals are:

Blue Distinction Center for Maternity Care:

Harper University Hospital and Hutzel Women's Hospital

Lakeland Community Hospital Niles

Lakeland Hospital at Niles & St. Joseph

Mercy Health Muskegon

Blue Distinction Center+ for Maternity Care:

Beaumont Hospital - Dearborn

Beaumont Hospital - Farmington Hills

Beaumont Hospital - Grosse Pointe

Beaumont Hospital - Royal Oak

Beaumont Hospital - Troy

Beaumont Hospital - Wayne

Bronson Battle Creek

Bronson Methodist Hospital

Covenant Medical Center

Garden City Hospital

Henry Ford Allegiance Health

Henry Ford Hospital

Henry Ford Macomb Hospital

Henry Ford West Bloomfield

Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital

Hurley Medical Center

Huron Valley Sinai Hospital

McLaren Bay Regional Medical Center

McLaren Flint

McLaren Greater Lansing

McLaren Northern Michigan

Mercy Health Saint Mary's

Metro Health Hospital

Midmichigan Medical Center Alpena

Munson Healthcare Cadillac Hospital

Munson Healthcare Grayling Hospital

Munson Medical Center

Promedica Bixby Hospital

Promedica Monroe Regional Hospital

Sinai-Grace Hospital

Sparrow Carson City Hospital

Spectrum Health Butterworth Campus

Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial

Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital

Spectrum Health Pennock

Spectrum Health United Hospital

Spectrum Health Zeeland Community Hospital

Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital

St. John Hospital & Medical Center

St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Ann Arbor

St. Joseph Mercy Oakland

St. Mary Mercy Hospital Livonia Campus

University of Michigan Hospital Main Campus

For more information you can visit Blue Cross Blue Shield's website.