AMH Offers Additional Breastfeeding Support with Opening of Mommy & Me Gift Shop 03/27/2007
ARLINGTON, Texas – Babies don't come with instruction manuals. But moms who deliver at Arlington Memorial Hospital (AMH) and choose to breastfeed have the next best thing – breastfeeding support and supplies available at Mommy & Me, a new gift shop located on the second floor in the Family Care Pavilion.
Mommy & Me is an official Medela supplier and will stock breast pumps and parts, nursing bras and nursing pads, among other specialty items for preemies and babies with sensitive skin. Additionally, moms can make appointments to meet one-on-one to discuss their breastfeeding questions or concerns with a board certified lactation consultant.
“Breastfeeding not only fosters a close bond between mom and baby, but studies show breast milk can help protect a baby from illness as well as lower a woman's risk for breast and ovarian cancers and osteoporosis,” explains Beth Hawkins, R.N., IBCLC, RLC, AMH lactation consultant. “It's definitely a worthwhile endeavor.”
Lactation consultants are available to all moms who deliver at AMH, and Mommy & Me provides an additional outlet for maintaining the lines of communication once mom and baby leave the hospital.
“Sometimes just having someone to listen to your challenges with breastfeeding and encourage you to keep going, is all it takes to build a mom's confidence,” states Lois Turner, RNC, MS, director of Arlington Memorial Hospital's women's & children's center. “Additionally, this new resource underscores our commitment to transform the delivery of care in North Texas to meet the needs of our patients.” AMH is designated as a Texas Ten Step Facility by the Texas Department of State Health Services. This designation means 75 percent of the moms who deliver at AMH are breastfeeding at discharge.
Mommy & Me will open to the public Wednesday, April 11. An official ribbon cutting will take place on the second floor in the Family Care Pavilion on Wednesday, April 18, at 10 a.m. followed by an open house until 4 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Normal operating hours of the gift shop will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
About Arlington Memorial Hospital Arlington Memorial Hospital is an acute-care, full-service medical center serving Arlington and the surrounding communities since 1958. Services include: comprehensive cardiac care, women's and children's services, ortho, GI, an advanced imaging center, extensive rehabilitation services, emergency services, health maintenance and disease prevention classes, support groups and community service programs. Visit http://www.arlingtonmemorial.org/ to learn more about Arlington Memorial Hospital.
About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources (THR) is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States and the largest in North Texas in terms of patients served. THR controls 13 affiliated hospitals and a medical research organization, and is a corporate member or partner in seven additional hospitals and surgery centers. THR's family of hospitals includes Harris Methodist Hospitals, Arlington Memorial Hospital and Presbyterian Healthcare System. For more information about Texas Health Resources, visit http://www.texashealth.org/.