Congratulations to our newest CHAMPion(s) of the Week, Sophia and Stephanie Glenn! Stephanie Glenn is a 22 year old mother from New Orleans, Louisiana, who has exclusively breastfed her daughter Sophia for 9 months with no plans to stop. Stephanie delivered her daughter Sophia at CHAMPS-Enrolled Hospital West Jefferson Medical Center, from whom she has received much support as she continues to breastfeed her daughter.
Stephanie is passionate about providing the best possible nutrition for her daughter, and she isn’t afraid to share this with the world. Stephanie has posted #brelfies (breastfeeding selfies) to her social media accounts in an attempt to “#normalizebreastfeeding”, but many social media users have reported her photos as inappropriate due to Nudity. Fortunately, some websites such as Facebook have recently changed their policy on breastfeeding photos, and none of her photos were removed because they did not violate community standards. Stephanie has inspired so many of her friends to breastfeed their children, and Stephanie and Sophia were recently chosen to be featured on a National Breastfeeding Poster.
Stephanie follows in the footsteps of her mother Mindy Glenn, RN, CLC, CPST, LLL, LCCE, who breastfed both Stephanie and Stephanie’s sister Macy. Mindy is currently the NICU Discharge Planner at West Jefferson Medical Center. She is also a Certified Lactation Counselor, La Leche League Leader, a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator, and a recurring speaker for the Annual La Leche League Breastfeeding: The Gold Standard Conference.
Stephanie and Sophia’s story exemplifies the success stories of other proud mothers in our CHAMPS Enrolled Hospitals who break cultural barriers and persevere to give their children the best possible nutrition. Congratulations Stephanie and Sophia, you are true CHAMPions!
Charlene Ramirez, ADN, enrolled member of the Blackfeet Tribe, is our latest CHAMPion of the week. The CHAMPS initiative now includes our recently funded American Indian/Alaska Native CHAMPS project, and Charlene is our first AI/AN CHAMPion. Charlene was born in Great Falls, MT, and currently resides in Browning, MT. She is the obstetric supervisor and Baby Friendly Coordinator at the Blackfeet Community Hospital, and she led and supervised the staff training component of her hospital’s Baby-Friendly Initiative. The Blackfeet Community Hospital became Baby-Friendly in November 2014. In the future, Charlene wants to pursue her Bachelors of Nursing degree, and she hopes to help her community by "ensuring the safety of our next generation by promoting a healthy lifestyle and abstinence from drugs and alcohol".
Charlene loves going to Pow-wow's, spending time with her thirteen-year-old daughter, and going camping. She particularly loves taking pictures of the beautiful scenery their surroundings have to offer. Charlene would one day love to travel to China because "their culture is very fascinating, and they have such beautiful landscape".
Being part of the CHAMPS team has allowed Charlene to learn "new ideas regarding breastfeeding and how to incorporate it in my practice". Since working with CHAMPS, Charlene feels as if her biggest accomplishment is that she has been able to assist other hospitals in their quest to become Baby-Friendly. With the assistance of CHAMPS, Charlene hopes that she will be able to help nearby hospitals ,to which her high-risk patients are often referred, become Baby-Friendly, so that "they can bond with their babies as they would have at our facility".
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Congratulations to this week's CHAMPion Hospital, Hancock Medical Center! Located in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, with an average of 210 births per year, Hancock Medical Center enrolled in CHAMPS on March 12th, 2015. Since then, they have been making a lot of progress towards their goals of increasing breastfeeding rates, skin-to-skin rates, and staff education.
Recently, Hancock Medical Center opened a "Lactation Station", a "comfortable, designated breastfeeding room created for the privacy of mother and baby". To celebrate the opening of the Lactation Station, Hancock Medical Center held a "Ribbon Cutting" ceremony which was attended by their CEO, followed by a showing of "The Magical Hour", a film about the importance of holding your baby skin-to-skin the first hour after birth. CHAMPS Team Leader Bonnie Holland, RN, IBCLC, RLC, recounted that “the movie hour was a hit,” and they are “planning another showing during World Breastfeeding Week.” Hancock Medical Center has several additional events planned for World Breastfeeding Week, including a cookie and milk party with goodies made by the staff (not made with breast milk :) ), which will include breastfeeding trivia and facts.
Since making increased skin-to-skin rates a goal at their hospital, Bonnie informed us that “all of the OB staff have embraced CHAMPS and are now competing for who averages the most successful skin-to-skin couplets.” Additionally, since the opening of the Lactation Station, Hancock Medical Center worked to put together a Patient Lactation Support Group, and they held their first meeting on Tuesday, July 28th.
Thank you for all your great work, motivation, and progress, Hancock Medical Center! You are true CHAMPions!
This week's CHAMPion is Jennifer White, RN, IBCLC, RLC, who is leading the Baby-Friendly effort as an IBCLC for Children's Hospital of San Antonio in both the Women's Services Area as well as the level IV, 45-bed NICU. Jennifer went to Nursing School where she now lives, in San Antonio TX, and has been a Registered Nurse for 20 years. Jennifer's passion is "to improve breastfeeding practices at our hospital by educating our staff, families, and physicians." Jennifer hopes that "by doing this, we will promote proper breastfeeding practices for all our mothers to improve outcomes for our families that we serve."
When Jennifer is not working, she loves to spend time with her children and with her family. Jennifer has been married for 21 years and has two daughters, one a sophomore at Texas State University and one a freshman in high school. They love to travel to the beach together in Texas and in Florida whenever they get the chance.
Jennifer feels like the biggest accomplishment her hospital has made thus far working with CHAMPS is that they have taken the first step on the pathway to become a Baby-Friendly Hospital. "I’m appreciative of the networking and the encouragement we have received from the very beginning of teaming up with CHAMPS. It was the catalyst that we needed to get things moving forward with our Baby Friendly Initiative." Jennifer thinks that the most helpful thing to her hospital was “participating in a mock survey on another campus. It was amazing to see how well they did and to really understand how everything will fall in place as we move forward with our facility’s education and training." Now, as CHAMPS begins to grow, Jennifer hopes that CHAMPS will continue to support her hospital as they educate staff and improve their breastfeeding practices for all mothers, regardless of culture or race
CHEER Champion of the week
Each week, we will recognize a CHEER Champion for all the work they have done for CHEER (Center for Health Equity, Education, and Research)/CHAMPS (Communities and Hospitals Advancing Maternity Practices).