RED WING, Minn. —Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing has recently been recognized for its excellence in lactation care by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE) and International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA).
The IBCLC Care Award is presented to staffing professionals who hold the prestigious International Board Certified Lactation Consultant certification (IBCLC) and provide a lactation program that is available five to seven days a week for breastfeeding families. In addition to meeting the necessary requirements, the lactation team has committed to providing lactation support training to other medical staff that care for new families and continue to participate in activities that protect, promote and support breastfeeding throughout the community.
According to Decalie Brown, 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 assuring that evidence-based policies and practices are in place that help mothers succeed with breastfeeding.”
Anne Beckman, a registered nurse and certified lactation consultant with The BirthPlace at Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing, has been certified as an International Board of Lactation Consultant (ICBLC) for nearly 20 years and has played a vital role in establishing the lactation program. “Anne and the lactation team are so deserving of this award. The passion and spirit behind this team has driven this program to where it stands today,” says Nancy Dimunation, chief nursing officer at Mayo Clinic Health System in Cannon Falls, Lake City and Red Wing.
The lactation team has received the biennial award three consecutive times.
To be considered for certification, the lactation team initiated different outreach projects into the local communities. In their first initiative, they teamed up with the Red Wing Public Library and Auxiliary to provide books to new moms and their babies. Just as breastfeeding provides food for nourishment, books are equally important in providing food for the baby’s mind.
Other projects set into motion by the group have included providing Rock and Rest Stations at local county fairs, which give breastfeeding moms a private and comfortable place to nurse while attending the fair. Most recently, the group helped launch the Lake City Area Baby Café, a place for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers to learn more about breastfeeding and to socialize with other moms experiencing similar situations.
Dimunation says, “Moms that have received support from our lactation team continue to rave about the personal commitment and care received by this team. The fact at how much they really mean to new mothers, whether it is during a breastfeeding class or by a phone call at home, only helps support their worthiness of this award.”
For more information about the lactation services at Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing, contact Anne Beckman at 651-267-5376.
Nursing managers and lactation team members display the IBCLC Care Award they were presented with for excellence in lactation care. Pictured from left: Kathy Lemieux, Maggie Fjetland, Carol Ryan, Ann Warrington, Barb Voth, Anne Beckman, Jenna Reinhart and Nancy Dimunation.