WEST CHESTER – Chester County Hospital Maternity Unit continues to be nationally recognized as the best hospital for maternity care. In December, the hospital was named Best Hospital for Maternity Care by US News & World Report among other national recognitions and is now recognized for 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 after receiving this award for two years consecutively since 2014.
Chester County Hospital received the IBCLC Care Award in recognition of staff professionals who hold the prestigious International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant® (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 our breast milk donation program.
Frances Doyle, MSN, RN, CNML, Director of Mother-Child Services says, “Receiving this award is a testament to our team of lactation consultants and nursing staff for providing exceptional care to parents and their newborns. Through their dedicated efforts, they help families create a valuable bond with their children from the earliest possible moments.
Robin B. Frees, BA, CHt, IBCLC, Lactation Consultant and Baby Friendly Coordinator at Chester County Hospital, said, “Lactation staff work closely with medical providers and nurses to implement evidence-based care, from prenatal appointments through hospital stay and post-discharge.We became a baby-friendly hospital for the first time in 2019. This designation and the IBCLC Care Award awards demonstrate 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 has continued to implement and expand our baby-friendly practices, as well as expand our prenatal education for parents. 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,” says Frees.
IBCLCs focus on preventative care, so they are available during pregnancy to assess and provide information on how to successfully initiate breastfeeding. They continue this 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 help families returning to work or school, help families with more unusual situations like breastfeeding more than one baby or breastfeeding a sick or premature child, and help train nursing staff to manage nursing care. basic breastfeeding.
Stephanie George, Indigenous Midwife, IBCLC and President of ILCA, shares, “We are proud, as IBCLCs, to be the professional standard for providing breastfeeding care, in all settings. The multipurpose capacity of the IBCLC cannot be ignored, any more than the economic and social impact of the presence of an IBCLC on personnel cannot be ignored. It is an honor to recognize facilities and IBCLCs that are transforming global health through skilled lactation care with the IBCLC Care Award.