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SMH Birthplace RNs certified

The Family Birthplace at Stephens Memorial Hospital has even more to offer to maternity patients as part of the baby friendly hospital initiative.  All of the RNs who work permanently in the Birthplace have become certified Breastfeeding Counselors. 

Staff participated in a 2 day certification course in April hosted at the hospital and taught by a lactation consultant who is a board certified lactation consultant and is experienced in all areas of maternal child and perinatal education.  The program covered pertinent topics such as the role of the healthcare professional, anatomy and physiology of the breast, nutritional needs of the nursing dyad, identifying and evaluating normal, deviations and problems, and empowering women and their infants with breastfeeding classes and hospital support.

This certification is valid for 3 years during which applicants must obtain 18 contact hours of continuing education credit in maternal child health with at least 6 continuing education hours relating specifically to lactation in order to receive recertification.

Congratulations to Registered Nurses Linda Bernaby, Kim Gadway, Kelly Hatch, Nisa Noble, Jeanne Rosato, Shannon Staples, Jane Summer, Diane Talon, Karen Thurston, Carol Welsh and Alison Newton.
A three hour physician workshop was also held on April 8th.  Learning objectives included identifying signs that lactation is going well after the first week of life, interventions to protect milk supply and determining when to refer patients to a lactation consultant.

Photo Caption:  Registered Nurses:  Shannon Staples, Alison Newton, Jeanne Rosato, Kelly Hatch, Karen Thurston, Jane Summer, Diane Talon, Linda Bernaby, Kim Gadway, and Carol Welsh. Missing from photo: Nisa Noble

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