ELKINS, W.Va. — Davis Medical Center Women’s Health Services is sponsoring a lactation station in Elkins City Park to provide a private and comfortable space for nursing mothers during Forest Festival.
“The West Virginia Breastfeeding Alliance sponsored a lactation station at the West Virginia State Fair and we thought it was a great idea. Ciera James from the Family Birth Center stepped up to make it happen and with the support from the health system and community partners, we are going to have a very beautiful space for breastfeeding mothers,” said nurse midwife DMC Morgan McKinney, CNM.
The station will be equipped with a refrigerator, electrical outlets, comfortable seats, a microwave and a changing table. It will be open during the hours of the City Park festival activities.
“It’s a unique way to support breastfeeding mothers,” said Ciera James, nurse at DMC Family Birthing Centre, RNC-OB. “The space will be safe and hygienic, and will have enough room for other siblings if needed. Instructions on how to access the lactation station will be available on site.
Community members helping to make this possible include Judy Ritchie and Clayton Homes; Mountain State Structures; the West Virginia Breastfeeding Alliance; and Davis Medical Center Women’s HealthCare/Family Birthing Center and Pediatrics.