Mid Coast Hospital Recognized for Prestigious Breastfeeding and Lactation Care Award | Business
Mid Coast Hospital has been recognized for excellence in breastfeeding education and lactation care by two international organizations in the field – the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE) and International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA).
Mid Coast Hospital has received the IBCLC Care Award in recognition for staffing International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs) and providing a lactation program that is available five to seven days a week for breastfeeding families. In addition, the Brunswick hospital demonstrated that it has provided recent breastfeeding training for medical staff that care for new families, and have recently completed activities that help protect,promote, and support breastfeeding.
Mid Coast Hospital has not one, but six Certified Lactation Consultants on staff: Kim Beaulieu, RNC, IBCLC, Coordinator of Lactation Services; and Maternity Unit nurses Colette Gathcell, RN, IBCLC, Fay Beaudoin, RN, IBCLC, Bettina Pearson, RN, IBCLC, Roni Sweeney, RN, IBCLC, and Angela Klein, RN, IBCLC.
Eileen Delaney, RNC, Nurse Director of Mid Coast Hospital’s Maternity, recognizes the incredible value that IBCLCs bring to nursing mothers, their babies, and the community: "All three of our board-certified Lactation Consultants focus on preventive care, so they are available during pregnancy to assess the mother and provide information on how to get off to a good start. Our Lactation Consultants continue to assist families after thebaby is born by helping mothers latch their babies appropriately and answering their questions, and continue supporting them as their baby grows. They assist mothers returning to work or school, and help mothers in more unusual situations such as breastfeeding more than one baby, nursing a sick or premature infant, and dealing with other challenges. They are such a vital part of the care team and to our young families."
According to Cathy Carothers, President of ILCA, "This recognition highlights the efforts being made by maternity facilities all across the world to help mothers get off to a good start with breastfeeding, and to support them in reaching their goals. IBCLCs have the only internationally recognized lactation credential in the world, and are highly skilled in helping mothers with the questions and concerns that can arise. They are also an important part of the overall maternal and child health team by assuring that evidence-based policies and practices are in place that help mothers succeed with breastfeeding." Carothers continues, "Breastfeeding rates are on the rise today and with that dramatic increase the need for trained professionals who can help also increases. Breastfeeding is natural and often works quite well withoutintervention. But sometimes things happen and mothers need extra support. IBCLCs are the trained experts who know how to work with the entire health care team so that a mother’s breastfeeding goals can be met."
Elizabeth "Kaili" Stehel, Chair of IBLCE, echoes those sentiments. "Facilities that receive the IBCLC Care Award are to be commended for making breastfeeding a priority and for taking steps to improve breastfeeding support. Health risks from formula feeding for both mother and baby are significant and it is our obligation in every sector of society to remove barriers that women face when breastfeeding. An important part of providing excellent breastfeeding care is having expert assistance available when the breastfeeding mom and baby need it. IBCLCs are the health care professional best suited to provide this help and often make the difference between success and failure for women attaining their breastfeeding goals."
Mid Coast Hospital is a full service, 92-bed, independent, not-for-profit hospital governed by a community Board of Directors. The active medical staff includes more than 150 physicians in over 30 primary care and specialty areas. Mid Coast Hospital is accredited by The Joint Commission, and is recognized as a Magnet™ facility by the American Nurses Credentialing Center for exceptional nursing and patient care.