Cindy Greene, RN is Nurse Manager, CHAMPS Team Lead, and Chair of the Baby-Friendly Steering Committee at SEARHC, Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital in Sitka, Alaska. She is doing a great job leading her team in their Baby-Friendly journey!
Mt. Edgecumbe is a tribal hospital serving mostly Tlingit tribal members as well as the general population, and delivering 2-3 babies each month. Mt. Edgecumbe is currently in the Development phase of the 4D pathway, and the staff and administration are highly motivated to become Baby-Friendly. Cindy shares that both nurses and physicians “are embracing this concept [of Baby-Friendly] and integrating the ten steps into birthing plans and nursing policies.” They are also in the process of integrating a new computer system, which will ensure that Baby-Friendly practices are properly documented. “My committee members are an awesome group,” Cindy says, “We are working together to build a strong breastfeeding culture.”
Cindy’s dreams for breastfeeding at Mt. Edgecumbe and in Sitka “are that we have enough community support to assist breastfeeding mothers [and] that these mothers know they can rely on current information and positive feedback from our staff as we work towards achieving Baby-Friendly status…I would love to see this hospital and community foster a strong culture of support for all our breastfeeding mothers!”
Wonderful work, Cindy and team! We are excited to be on this journey with you!
CHEER Champion of the week
Each Monday (besides public holidays), 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).