At the beginning of September, Providence hosted a two-day training for 14 associates from the Maternal Infant Health (MIH), Center for Life, and Perry Family Health Center to become certified Breast Feeding Counselors (CBC). This is the fourth time the training has occurred at Providence, and we now have a total of 51 nurses, two certified midwives and seven medical assistants or health educators participating in breastfeeding support for our patients.
A board certified lactation consultant from Prepared Childbirth Educators, Inc. conducted the workshop, which included education about a wide variety of topics including: the role of healthcare professionals in breastfeeding, the physiology of breastfeeding, nutritional needs for the mother-baby dyad, and the interactions of medication and breastfeeding.
The instructor, Ms. Michelle Potts, RN, IBCLC, used a variety of education techniques to provide evidence-based information to support Providence’s maternity patients. Participants received continuing education credits and nurses may sit for a certification exam to gain a breastfeeding credential, CBC.
This continuing education opportunity supports Providence’s efforts to become designated as a Baby-Friendly hospital. Funding for this training was provided by the Johnston Trust grant, and hosted by the Center for Perinatal Advocacy, Maternal Infant Health, and Nursing Education.
For more information to the training or Providence’s journey to become a Baby-Friendly hospital, please contact: Gabriela Garcia, Director of the Center for Perinatal Advocacy at Gabriela.Garcia @provhosp.org