Nikki Lee, RN, BSN, MS, IBCLC, CCE, CIMI, ANLC, CKC, is teaching 2 courses for CHAMPS this week—a “Clinical Skills Training” and a “CHAMPS Education Opportunity” covering 19 hours of training required by Baby-Friendly USA™. We are excited to offer these courses to participating CHAMPS hospitals free of charge and grateful to Nikki for volunteering to teach them!
The death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri sparked a personal crisis and journey for Nikki, and as a result, she desires to use her skills in teaching to reach underserved populations in the South and work towards racial equity in breastfeeding. She met Kimarie Bugg, CHAMPS Community Engagement Director and Change Leader for Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere, Inc., at a conference, who suggested she contact CHAMPS.
Nikki has 40 years of experience in maternal and child care. She currently works at the Philadelphia Department of Public Health as a Lactation Consultant, teaching health care professionals and daycare staff about promoting and supporting breastfeeding. She also has a private lactation consultant practice that uses a holistic approach (integrating aromatherapy, craniosacral therapy, and homeopathy) and teaches courses on infant massage and tummy time.
Nikki has an expansive vision for breastfeeding encompassing change at all levels: “women of all backgrounds collaborating…Baby-Friendly facilities and a milk bank in every sate…policy makers creating initiatives that level the playing field” and more. She is heartened by the changes that are happening, and encourages practitioners to take the long view and support each other during this process of making breastfeeding universally accepted, which, she believes, will take a generation or two to fulfill.
Check out Nikki’s inspiring website for more information about her!
Last week we featured West Jefferson Medical Center in Marrero, Louisiana and their CHAMPS Team Leader, Leslie Lyons. This week’s CHAMPion of the Week is Lori Teachworth, a key player behind the incredible changes at West Jefferson regarding their electronic medical records! Lori has been a Certified Pediatric nurse for 8 years and has worked at West Jefferson for 21 years. West Jefferson is a nonprofit, community hospital, and Lori’s entire career as a nurse has been devoted to working with the children and families of that community. For the past few years, Lori has also been working closely with West Jefferson's Family Birth Place, helping to identify areas for improvement. She was given the duty of overseeing the Perinatal Core Measures, a role that has allowed her to initiate a lot of positive change.
Lori believes CHAMPS has given their hospital the tools needed to improve their breastfeeding rates. She says, “As a result we are seeing an upward trend in our breastfeeding rates, which is very exciting.”
Leslie Lyons, MSN, RN is the CHAMPS Team Leader at West Jefferson Medical Center in Marrero, Louisiana. West Jefferson has done an amazing job integrating the guidance CHAMPS has provided regarding upgrading their electronic medical records to ensure comprehensive, accurate documentation and simple data extraction on all measures, and by race. They are the first CHAMPS hospital to do so for all of the measures, and even went above and beyond by including breastfeeding education, breastfeeding assessment, feeding mechanism and more! West Jefferson has also made great strides in providing skin-to-skin care immediately after birth. Leslie leads a team of providers at her hospital who have made these changes possible. Leslie says, “I am so proud of my Team! We have come together quickly and really formed a bond…we are so excited about the work we are accomplishing!”
Leslie enjoys that CHAMPS provides streamlined educational information and a community that shares the same goals. As CHAMPS continues to grow, she looks forward to more input and support on best practices, and education for RNs and other providers.
A native of Pace, Mississippi, Jacqueline Lambert works as a Lactation Specialist for both the Mississippi State Department of Health and for WIC. She was instrumental in representing WIC at several recent CHAMPS hospital site visits in the Mississippi Delta. She has worked long and hard on speaking up for disadvantaged mothers, and we are proud to have her helping us out with CHAMPS.
In addition to being a Lactation Specialist and breastfeeding advocate, Jacqueline is also a wife, mother, mentor, and pastor. She has 3 children (ages 23, 16, and 9) whom she breastfed for a total of 48 months between the 3. Jacqueline is dedicated to pursuing studies to complete her professional goals. Her next goal is to become a Certified Lactation Consultant, which, she believes, will help her fulfill her “passion to eliminate barriers that keep women of color from continuing to breastfeed.”
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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).