University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center Recognized for IBCLC Care Award

3_staging_1inchELYRIA – The International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners® (IBLCE®) and International Lactation Consultant Association® (ILCA®) have recognized University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center (formerly EMH Healthcare) for excellence in lactation care.

The University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center Family Birth Center has received the IBCLC Care Award in recognition of staffing professionals who hold the prestigious International Board Certified Lactation Consultant ® certification (IBCLC®) and providing a lactation program that is available five to seven days a week for breastfeeding families.  In addition, the facility demonstrated that it has provided recent breastfeeding training for medical staff that care for new families, and has recently completed activities that help protect, promote and support breastfeeding.

According to Liz Brooks, President of ILCA, “This recognition highlights the efforts being made by maternity facilities all across the world to help mothers get off to a good start with breastfeeding, and to support them in reaching their goals.  IBCLC is the leading internationally recognized lactation certification in the world, and IBCLC certificants are highly skilled in helping mothers with the questions and concerns that can arise.  They are also an important part of the overall maternal and child health team by ensuring that evidence-based policies and practices are in place that help mothers succeed with breastfeeding.”

Rachel Lessen, Chair of IBLCE, echoes those sentiments.  “Facilities that receive the IBCLC Care Award are to be commended for improving maternal and child health by making breastfeeding a priority and for taking steps to improve breastfeeding support.  An important part of providing excellent breastfeeding care is having expert assistance available when the breastfeeding couple needs it.”  She continued, “IBCLC professionals are the health care professionals best suited to provide this clinical help and often make the difference between success and failure for women achieving their breastfeeding goals.”

IBLCE certificants focus on preventive care, so they are available during pregnancy to assess the mother and provide information on how to successfully initiate breastfeeding.  They continue that assistance after the baby is born by helping mothers overcome breastfeeding challenges, providing accurate information, and continuing to support them as their baby grows.  They assist mothers returning to work or school, help mothers in more unusual situations such as breastfeeding more than one baby or nursing a sick or premature infant, and help training nursing staff to manage basic breastfeeding care.

Tina Schulin, RNC, BSN, IBCLC, LCCE, CKC, a Lactation Consultant and Childbirth Educator at University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center, is thrilled to be recognized with the IBCLC Care Award, stating: “The staff and lactation consultants at the Family Birth Center have worked hard to promote and protect breastfeeding for our patients.”  She continued, “Based on the increase in our exclusive breastfeeding rates, I’m pleased to report that our commitment has shown great success.”

As allied health care professionals with the leading internationally recognized certification for professional lactation services, IBCLC professionals work in hospitals and birthing centers, clinics, public health agencies, private practice, community settings, government agencies, and in research.  There are currently more than 26,500 such professionals in 96 countries worldwide that are certified by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners® (www.iblce.org), a program independently accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).  NCCA accreditation represents a mark of quality for certification programs.

For more information about the IBCLC Care Award program, contact IBLCE at award@iblce.org.

About University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center

Founded in 1908, University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center is a 387-licensed bed hospital system with additional campuses in Amherst (University Hospitals Amherst Health Center), Avon (University Hospitals Avon Health Center) and Sheffield (University Hospitals Sheffield Health Center), along with medical offices in Grafton, North Ridgeville and Westlake.  Part of the University Hospitals health system, UH Elyria Medical Center offers patients access to UH Case Medical Center, a nationally recognized academic medical center, as well as programs from internationally recognized centers of excellence such as UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital and UH Seidman Cancer Center. UH Elyria Medical Center is one of Healthgrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Coronary Intervention™ for 3 Years in a Row (2012-2014) and is ranked among the top 5% in the nation for Coronary Interventional Procedures for 2 Years in a Row (2013-2014). In addition, UH Elyria was named a 13-time “NorthCoast 99 Top Employer” by the Employers’ Resource Council. For more information, visit www.emh-healthcare.org.

 

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