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MCH Obstetrics Department increases comfort for breastfeeding mothers
February 4, 2014
Mothers who choose to exclusively breastfeed their newborns will receive a plush robe from the Madison County Hospital Obstetrics Department.
The donation is part of the hospital's ongoing effort to promote the benefits of breastfeeding and provide comfort to mothers.
"We understand that breastfeeding is a commitment for the entire family," said Tracy Stewart, Director of Obstetrical Services at MCH. "Our goal is to make our families as comfortable as possible as they bond with their new addition."
Through natural antibodies, breast milk offers infants protection against certain illnesses, allergies and may reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Breastfeeding can also lower the risk of common health problems such as ear infections, respiratory infections, stomach viruses, obesity, asthma and diabetes.
The advantages of breastfeeding extend to the mother as well. The risk for Type 2 diabetes is lowered along with breast cancer, ovarian cancer and postpartum depression.
MCH offers a certified lactation consultant to offer support for breastfeeding mothers while in the hospital and at home. A lactation consultant provides personalized care and education for mothers and specializes in helping them learn to nurse, overcome difficulties while breastfeeding and how to safely pump and store breast milk.
Registered nurses in the Obstetrics Department are also extending their education to better support every family that delivers at MCH. Beginning in September 2013, all obstetric nurses are required to attend conferences at the MCH campus as well as simulations and workshops at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center's (OSUWMC) Clinical Skills Education and
One class that is offered is a two week observation experience at OSUWMC. Each participant will observe all aspects of the birthing process at a higher volume facility, including labor and delivery, antepartum and normal newborn nursery.
Obstetric nurses will also attend a one day education conference that will cover triage, intrapartum care, postpartum care, newborn transition and normal newborn care. A four hour simulation session is also offered and covers care for seizures and postpartum hemorrhaging.
"Having many opportunities to learn at a teaching hospital such as OSUWMC and observe various obstetric areas has proven invaluable to my skills as a nurse at MCH," said Caitlin Kelly, a registered nurse in the Obstetrics Department. "Each one of us has gained so much confidence. We come back knowing that our skills are equal to that of a larger hospital and we are able to apply our diversified knowledge across all areas of care. This amounts the highest quality of care for our families."
For more information on breastfeeding and maternity services at MCH, please call the Obstetrics Department at 740-845-7272.