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Doylestown Hospital Receives Honors for Lactation Care Services

06/28/2017

The International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners® (IBLCE®) and International Lactation Consultant Association® (ILCA®) recognized Doylestown Hospital for excellence in lactation care.

Doylestown Hospital is one of only 11 hospital organizations in Pennsylvania to receive the IBCLC Care Award. This is the third time Doylestown Hospital has received the award in recognition for staffing professionals who hold the prestigious International Board Certified Lactation Consultant® (IBCLC®) certification and providing a lactation program for breastfeeding families. In addition, the hospital demonstrated that it has recently completed activities that help protect, promote, and support breastfeeding.

According to Kathy Donahue, Doylestown Health's director of Maternal-Child Services, "Doylestown Hospital is a proud supporter of breastfeeding with an 85% breastfeeding rate among new mothers. All of our lactation consultants are International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC's) and are here every day including weekends and holidays. The support and education we provide to new nursing mothers is a priority to our Lactation Consultants. They are also available to support nursing mothers admitted to the hospital for surgical or medical reasons, and for those nursing mothers whose child is admitted to the hospital. We want all mothers who are nursing to feel confident and comfortable with breastfeeding when they go home with their newborn."

Regina Maria Roig-Romero, Board Chair of IBLCE states, "Facilities that receive the IBCLC Care Award have taken initiative to improve the overall health of their patients by making breastfeeding a priority and implementing lactation support programs. An important part of providing excellent breastfeeding care is having expert assistance available when the breastfeeding family needs it. IBCLC professionals are the health care professionals best suited to help families achieve their breastfeeding goals."

IBCLCs focus on preventive care, so they are available during pregnancy to assess and provide information on how to successfully initiate breastfeeding. They continue that assistance after the baby is born by helping families overcome breastfeeding challenges, providing accurate information, and continuing to support them as their baby grows. They assist families returning to work or school, help families in more unusual situations such as breastfeeding more than one baby or nursing a sick or premature infant, and help train nursing staff to manage basic breastfeeding care.

According to Michele Griswold, President of ILCA, "IBCLCs help families realize the most precious bond with their children. They also assist families in providing their children with the best possible start in life. At ILCA, we are proud to support the IBCLC Care Award because we recognize the significant contributions of IBCLCs to improving global health outcomes at the local level."

As allied health care professionals with the leading internationally recognized certification for professional lactation services, IBCLC professionals work in hospitals and birthing centers, clinics, public health agencies, private practice, community settings, government agencies, and in research. There are currently more than 28,000 such professionals in 105 countries worldwide that are IBCLCs (www.iblce.org), a program independently accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). NCCA accreditation represents a mark of quality for certification programs.

In addition to finding IBCLC professionals at Doylestown, families can also find an IBCLC near them by visiting www.ilca.org. Follow the "Find a Lactation Consultant" link and search for an IBCLC by postal code, city and state, or country.

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About the VIA Maternity Center

Doylestown Health’s VIA Maternity Center is rated among the best in the region for maternity care with services available for every stage of pregnancy through the birth experience. The VIA Maternity Center features a 32-bed maternity unit that includes 9 labor, delivery & recovery rooms, 22 private post-partum rooms, and a Level II NICU staffed by CHOP neonatologists.

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