Lactation education

Chester County Hospital recognized for excellence in lactation care

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From left to right: Robin Frees, Michele Quigley and Colleen Hurley.

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In December, Chester County Hospital was named Best Hospital for Maternity Care by US News and World Reportand now he has been recognized for his excellence in lactation care.

The International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE) and the International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA) have once again recognized Chester County Hospital for excellence in lactation care.

Chester County Hospital has received the IBCLC Care Award in recognition of staff professionals who hold the prestigious IBCLC certification and provide a lactation program for breastfeeding families. Additionally, the facility has demonstrated that it has recently completed activities that help protect, promote and support breastfeeding, including the expansion of its breast milk donation program.

“Receiving this award is a testament to the excellence of our team of lactation consultants and nursing staff for providing exceptional care to parents and their newborns,” said Frances Doyle, Director of Maternal Services. child. “Through their dedicated efforts, they help families create a valuable bond with their children from the earliest possible moments.”

“Lactation staff work closely with medical providers and nurses to implement evidence-based care from antenatal appointments, throughout the hospital stay and after discharge,” said Robin Frees, lactation consultant and Baby Friendly Coordinator at Chester County Hospital. “We became a baby-friendly hospital for the first time in 2019. This designation and the IBCLC Care Award demonstrates our dedication to providing new families in our community with exceptional care.”

The Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative is a global effort to improve care for pregnant women, mothers and infants by protecting, promoting and supporting breastfeeding.

“The hospital continued to implement and expand our Baby-Friendly practices, as well as expand our prenatal education for parents,” Frees said. “Our goal is for parents to have the most up-to-date information on optimal infant feeding so they can make the best choice for themselves, their babies and their families.”

To see Chester County Hospital’s wellness groups and event offerings for parents, visit its Parent Wellness Network or check out his long list of breastfeeding resources.