April 2011

Mercy-Des Moines Earns Breastfeeding Award

Des Moines, IA

Mercy Medical Center was one of fewer than 200 hospitals nationwide and the only hospital in Iowa to earn a Care Award from the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners. Mercy earned the award by demonstrating that it hires certified lactation consultants and offers a dedicated lactation support program that is available to patients five to seven days each week. Mercy provides training for nursing, medical and ancillary staff who provide care to breastfeeding families and has implemented other projects that helped raise the breastfeeding rate to 85% among new moms in the neonatal intensive care unit. For more information, contact Kate Westercamp.