Holzer Health System is a hospital system in the Appalachian regions of Ohio and West Virginia. The main hospital in Gallipolis, OH hosts a birthing center and lactation program. In 2016, Holzer OB started a beautiful journey in changing the breastfeeding culture within the hospital system. By providing routine skin to skin care after birth and implementing a quiet time in the afternoon each day, Holzer is making it easier for mothers to breastfeed their babies successfully. In January 2017, the first ever full time lactation consultant position was filled and a lactation program was started. In February, the hospital officially applied to begin the process of Baby-Friendly designation in conjunction with the Ohio First Steps program as well. While there is still a lot of work to do, Holzer is welcoming to these positive changes. By April of 2017, outpatient lactation services will be available as well as a new support group - Mentoring Mommies. In addition to the new support group, Holzer plans on offering breastfeeding and childbirth classes to better fit the needs of the community. From comprehensive breastfeeding classes to specialized breastfeeding classes such as breastfeeding troubleshooting, breastfeeding myths, and tips for going back to work - there will be education to fit the lifestyle of any patient's needs. Holzer is excited and honored to be chosen as Appalachian Breastfeeding Network's Practice of the Month and is embracing the many positive changes that comes with Baby-Friendly Designation! To learn more about this practice go to: www.holzer.org
Each month, our ABN board uses a random number generator to pick our member of the month. In an effort to showcase our many different members in many different fields from all over Appalachia working towards the same goal: transforming breastfeeding culture in Appalachia.