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Silver Cross Celebrates Annual World Breastfeeding Week Celebration

Joliet, IL (August 9, 2011)— In honor of World Breastfeeding Week, Silver Cross Hospital Lactation Consultants and the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) raised awareness for breastfeeding during the annual World Breastfeeding Celebration. An informative display was available on August 4 in the Birthing Center Lobby at Silver Cross Hospital in Joliet. One of Silver Cross Hospital’s International Board Certified Lactation Consultants answered questions and provided information to hospital visitors and staff members who visited the booth. 

breastfeedingcelebrationaug2011 008Pictured left to right are Lindsey Reyna, R.N., Birthing Center; Silver Cross International Board Certified Lactation Consultants Cathleen Vasquez, R.N., RLC, and Katy Lebbing, BS, RLC; and Carla Mistro, R.N., Birthing Center; share breastfeeding information with visitors at the Breastfeeding Week Celebration on August 4.

This year’s theme, “TALK TO ME!” promotes informing everyone – teens, pregnant parents, grandparents, staff, etc. about why breastfeeding matters and encourages these groups to learn more.

Research shows that the best feeding option globally is the initiation of breastfeeding within the first hour of life, exclusive breastfeeding for a full six months, and continued breastfeeding with solid foods added through the second year or beyond. Breastfeeding improves short and long term maternal and child health; and thus contributes to the attainment of the Millennium Development Goal to Reduce Child Mortality and Improve Maternal Health, to which many countries and agencies are committed.

“More and more studies have shown that implementation of the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, with continued postnatal support, contributes to increased breastfeeding duration,” said Katy Lebbing, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant for Silver Cross Hospital. “Breast milk has antibodies to disease, is always warm and ready, and releases hormones into the mother’s blood stream that calms her while she is nursing. Breastfeeding is so beneficial in fostering good health in babies.

About the Birthing Center
Silver Cross Hospital is in the process of building a replacement hospital at the intersection of U.S. Route 6 and the I-355 extension, three short miles from its current campus, to ensure it can continue its mission of providing healthcare to all area residents for the next century. The Hospital will have 289-beds and be over 600,000 square feet. The project is on schedule and will open in February 2012.

The Birthing Center at the Replacement Hospital will feature 30 large private, patient rooms designed to be acuity-adaptable, which means that the space, supplies and staff will be available in the room to deliver the appropriate level of care to the patient rather than transfer the patient between units as needs change. And, procedures can be performed at the bedside as needed.  The Birthing Center will feature mother/baby couplet care; the same nurse caring for the mother as well as the baby, which improves continuity and communication between the patient, her nurse and her physicians. The Birthing Center will also feature an admission and holding nursery and a special care nursery with eight infant care centers, a lactation consultation lounge, and an education conference room. It will also include three nesting rooms, an isolation nursery and treatment room. The Labor & Delivery unit will include 12 spacious rooms, with an 8 bed triage, two operating room suites, four bed recovery rooms, and an outpatient testing clinic located in the medical service building.

In addition, each room will include wireless internet, 30” flat screen TV system, and family-friendly décor that can be controlled by the patient. There will also be a comfortable sofa-sleeper so family members can stay around the clock and be involved in the plan of care. 

Silver Cross will continue to partner with Children’s Memorial Hospital for 24/7 pediatrician coverage to care for patients in the Pediatric Unit.  Children’s Memorial also has an outpatient center on the replacement hospital campus that opened last summer offering numerous pediatric specialist and other services. 

For more information about the Silver Cross Replacement Hospital, visit www.silvercross.org.  To assist the area’s only community hospital in its initiative to bring state-of-the-art lifesaving services close to home, call the Silver Cross Foundation at (815) 740-7105. 

About Silver Cross Hospital
Silver Cross Hospital is a not-for-profit health care provider serving Will County and southwest suburban communities since 1895.  Silver Cross has been recognized as a Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals National Award winner for the last seven consecutive years and as one of America’s Most Customer Friendly Hospitals by the American Alliance of Healthcare Providers. With over 2,900 employees, physicians and volunteers, Silver Cross operates a 304-bed acute care hospital and eight satellite facilities providing outpatient services and physician offices. Construction has begun to build a state-of-the-art replacement hospital opening in 2012 in New Lenox. To learn more about Silver Cross Hospital or a referral to a physician on staff, visit www.silvercross.org or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).

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