Community Memorial Hospital Wins Award for Excellent Breastfeeding Care
It’s no secret that breastfeeding is vitally important to the health and well-being of new babies and their parents. The nutrients, hormones, and antibodies in breast milk help babies fight off illnesses, infections, and other potential health threats, and breastfeeding helps new moms bond with their babies. But sometimes breastfeeding can be hard, and it takes a village to achieve success.
Community Memorial Health System’s Maternal Child Health team is proud to be that village. We know that breastfeeding can be especially challenging for working moms, mothers with sick or premature babies, and moms of multiples. And sometimes, it’s just difficult for a new mom to get started or keep going. We also know that moms are much more likely to succeed with expert help and support, and that’s why CMHS is dedicated to providing that assistance.
We are proud to share that due to our efforts, the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE) and the International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA) have once again recognized Community Memorial Hospital (CMH) for excellence in lactation care by awarding CMH with their IBCLC Care Award for 2018 – 2020. We have received this two-year designation several times since it was established and are proud to continue our tradition of excellence in this area.
CMH is the ONLY hospital in Ventura County, and one of just nine in the state of California, to receive this prestigious award!
“We also offer moms who deliver their babies at CMH unlimited private lactation consultations at no cost, by appointment, with an International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant,” said Sheila Dedrick, a Registered Nurse and one of CMHS’s International Board-Certified Lactation Consultants. Dedrick is also the manager of the CMHS New Parent Resource Center.
The IBCLC Care Award is given only to those medical practices, clinics, agencies, or hospitals that staff professionals who hold the prestigious International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) certification and provide a lactation program for breastfeeding families, among other requirements that promote top lactation care. Awardees are recognized for their efforts to promote and provide a lactation program that makes expert assistance available when families need it. This is achieved through encouraging and informing breastfeeding families about the benefits and management of breastfeeding as well as training healthcare professionals to help families achieve their breastfeeding goals.
CMH provides support and information to families during pregnancy, after birth, and as the baby grows. CMH also offers a FREE weekly Breastfeeding Support Group that meets on Thursdays at 3 p.m. The Breastfeeding Support Group is led by a registered nurse and certified lactation counselor. Participants can ask questions, share advice, or just listen in a relaxed and welcoming environment. The group is hosted in a casual, drop-in format so breastfeeding families can feel free to stop by the CMHS New Parent Resource Center at 2580 E. Main Street in Ventura, call 805-667-2838, or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information!