Jefferson Hospital Recognized for Excellence in Lactation Support
Monday, August 12, 2019
Allegheny Health Network’s Jefferson Hospital Recognized for Excellence in Lactation Care, Breastfeeding Support
JEFFERSON HILLS, PA (Aug. 11, 2019) - The AHN Women and Infants Center at Jefferson Hospital has received the International Board of Lactation Consultants (IBCLC) Care Award, an indication of excellence in lactation care and a high level of support for breastfeeding families.
Jefferson is one of only two hospitals in the Pittsburgh area, and one of only 12 in the entire state of Pennsylvania, to receive this award.
The Care Award, given by the IBCLC and the International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA) for a two-year term, is granted to facilities that provide training to staff members who care for breast feeding families, and have implemented special projects that promote, protect and support breastfeeding and the lactation consultant.
According to the IBCLC, Care Award recipients are dedicated to providing expert assistance when needed by the breastfeeding family, encouraging and informing families about the benefits and management of breastfeeding, and training healthcare professionals to help families achieve their breastfeeding goals.
Certified lactation consultants are available during pregnancy to provide information on breastfeeding, and continue to provide support and help the family overcome challenges after the baby is born. They also help families in more unusual situations, such as breastfeeding more than one infant, or nursing a premature infant.
Moms who choose to breastfeed give their babies a healthy start that lasts a lifetime. Breastfeeding’s benefits include a lower risk of childhood obesity, SIDS, asthma, type 2 diabetes, and many other diseases and conditions.
“All of AHN’s Women and Infants Centers offer compassionate, expert, individualized care to new families, supporting them as they provide healthy choices for themselves and their babies,” said Allan Klapper, MD, chair, AHN Women and Children Institute. “This award is a reflection of the outstanding care offered by all clinicians and support staff in the labor and delivery center at Jefferson Hospital.”
The AHN Women and Infants Center at Jefferson Hospital opened in late 2014 and was one of just two new maternity units to open in Pennsylvania in the previous 30 years. The center quickly grew in popularity and last year delivered more than 1,000 babies. It is home to a Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for non-critically ill infants as well as AHN Midwives.
Nearly 8,000 babies were born in 2018 at AHN hospitals, a 60% increase over the past five years. AHN Women and Infants Centers offer personalized physician-patient relationships, one-on-one nursing care and family-centered birthing suites.
At AHN hospitals, board-certified lactation consultants meet privately with new moms after delivery and throughout their hospital stays. Support services include breastfeeding classes for moms-to-be and new moms, and phone consultations available by calling 412-469-5475 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday.