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Please join us in welcoming the latest addition to the USBC team:
Emily Lindsey, Project Manager, Hospital-Community Relations: Emily holds a Bachelors of Science Degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Family Counseling from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and became an IBCLC after working within the hospital, clinic, and WIC settings. She enjoys her clinical work with families but is passionate about building collaboration and pursuing quality improvement missions to improve health throughout the United States through policy and systems level change. She has assisted thousands of families and trained hundreds of medical and support staff on how to improve breastfeeding within their care settings. She served on the board of the California Breastfeeding Coalition, assisting in increasing communications throughout the vast geographic area of California and with the state’s annual workplace awards. She has been active in or chaired her local county breastfeeding coalition as it rebuilt since 2006 and continues to support its growth today.
Expanded Performance Measurement Requirements for Hospitals, from The Joint Commission
The Joint Commission announced that it will expand performance measurement requirements for accredited general medical/surgical hospitals from four to six core measure sets. For hospitals with 1,100 or more births per year, the Perinatal Care measure set will become the mandatory fifth measure set. The Perinatal Care measure set comprises five measures: elective delivery, cesarean section, antenatal steroids, health care-associated bloodstream infections in newborns, and exclusive breast milk feeding.
New Poll Shows Bipartisan Voter Mandate for Family Friendly Workplace Policies, from NPWF
New bipartisan polling commissioned by the National Partnership for Women & Families shows working families urgently need work-family policies and want Congress and the president to take action. Poll results showed:
- 86 percent of voters nationwide said it is important for Congress and the president to consider new laws like paid sick days and paid family and medical leave insurance to help keep families financially secure. Nearly two-thirds said it is "very important."
- Strong support across party lines with 73 percent of Republicans, 87 percent of independents and 96 percent of Democrats saying Congressional and presidential attention to family friendly policies is important.
Limited Time Open Access to Clinical Lactation, from USLCA
For a limited time only, the U.S. Lactation Consultant Association journal, Clinical Lactation, is open access. All issues are currently available online.
Study on Breastfeeding Education and Support for Overweight and Obese Women, from AAP
A new study published in Pediatrics evaluated a specialized breastfeeding peer counseling intervention promoting exclusive breastfeeding among overweight/obese, low-income women. It was determined that the intervention did not impact exclusive breastfeeding practices in this population, but was associated with increased rates of any breastfeeding and breastfeeding intensity at two weeks postpartum and decreased rates of infant hospitalization in the first six months after birth.
First Indian Health Service hospital receives Baby-Friendly Designation, from IHS
The Rosebud IHS Service Unit has achieved designation as a Baby-Friendly Hospital, which makes it the first hospital to achieve this designation in the Indian Health Service and the first hospital in the state of South Dakota. As a result of this initiative, breastfeeding initiation rates at the hospital are now consistently in the 90th percentile and exclusive breastfeeding rates have continued to climb.