The Katena Center for Mother & Child, Saint Clare’s Denville
Hospital Recognized for Excellence in Lactation Care
The International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners® (IBLCE®) and International Lactation Consultant Association® (ILCA®) have recognized The Katena Center for Mother & Child Saint Clare’s
Denville Hospital for excellence in lactation care.
The Katena Center for Mother & Child Saint Clare’s Denville Hospital
has received the IBCLC Care Award in recognition for staffing professionals
who hold the prestigious International Board Certified Lactation Consultant® (IBCLC®) certification and providing a lactation program for breastfeeding families.
In addition, the facility demonstrated that it has recently completed
activities that help protect, promote, and support breastfeeding.
Esmé Hough, IBCLC Chair of the Board of IBLCE recently stated, “Agencies
that are awarded the IBCLC Care Award have dedicated their efforts to
promote and provide a lactation program that makes expert assistance available
when the breastfeeding family needs it. This is achieved through encouraging
and informing breastfeeding families about the benefits and management
of breastfeeding as well as training health care professionals to assist
families achieve their breastfeeding goals.”
IBCLCs focus on preventive care, so they are available during pregnancy
to assess and provide information on how to successfully initiate breastfeeding.
They continue that assistance after the baby is born by helping families
overcome breastfeeding challenges, providing accurate information, and
continuing to support them as their baby grows. They assist families returning
to work or school, help families in more unusual situations such as breastfeeding
more than one baby or nursing a sick or premature infant, and help train
nursing staff to manage basic breastfeeding care.
According to Michele Griswold, President of ILCA, “IBCLCs help families
realize the most precious bond with their children. They also assist families
in providing their children with the best possible start in life. At ILCA,
we are proud to support the IBCLC Care Award because we recognize the
significant contributions of IBCLCs to improving global health outcomes
at the local level.”
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 30,000 such professionals in 108 countries
worldwide that are IBCLCs (www.iblce.org). The IBCLC certification program is 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
About Saint Clare’s Health
Saint Clare’s Health is an award-winning provider of safe, high quality,
compassionate care, serving the communities of Morris and Sussex counties.
Its network of hospitals and healthcare facilities include Denville Hospital,
Dover Hospital, Behavioral Health centers in Boonton, Denville, and Parsippany,
Sussex Community Urgent Care Center, and an Imaging Center in Parsippany,
among other satellite locations.