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District of Columbia Breastfeeding Promotion Mother Baby Summit

Infant Feeding: Narrowing the Gap

Background:

In 2007, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) began a national survey of US birthing facilities to characterize maternity practices supportive of breastfeeding. The survey, Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care (or mPINC), consists of 52 questions regarding the hospital/birth facilities' maternity practices, training, personnel, policy, and organizational characteristics. The CDC conducts the mPINC survey every two years.

The average score for the nation was 63 out of 100 in 2007 (and 65/100 in 2009), leading the CDC to conclude. "Maternity practices in US hospitals and birth centers must be changed to improve breastfeeding, thereby helping to improve maternal and child health" [MMWR 2008; 57(23):621-625].

The goal of the District of Columbia Breastfeeding Promotion Mother Baby Summit is to provide education and support to leaders from 8 maternity facilities to facilitate change to maximize best practices in mother baby care. The project is modeled after similar events held in Massachusetts, Philadelphia, and New Jersey. The summit is made possible by generous funding provided by the DC Department of Health and the Center for Perinatal Advocacy at Providence Hospital.

When is it?

Friday, October 26, 2012
8:00 AM to 3:30 PM
(Continental Breakfast will be served at 7:30 AM during Registration)

Where is it?

Providence Hospital
St. Catherine.s Hall
1150 Varnum Street
NE Washington, DC 20017

Who is invited?

The summit is a "by-invitation only" conference. Each site can send 6 staff members, a team, drawn from the following list.

  • Nursing: Vice President, Director Maternal Child Health, Nurse Manager Post Partum, Nurse Manager L&D, Nurse Manager NICU, Clinical Educator
  • MD: Department Chairman, Directors of L/D, Nursery, NICU (any MD can attend)
  • One IBCLC LC from each sire can attend (but cannot come alone and must come with at least 2 other staff members from the list)
  • Other: Vice President QI, Hospital President, COO, CEO
  • VIPS including officials from DC Department of Health, DC Hospital Association, DC Health Licensing Regulations Administration, DC Chapter of the AAP, DC Section of the ACOG, and DC AAFP.

What is the fee?

There is no charge for the day thanks to the generosity of DC Department of Health and the Center for Perinatal Advocacy at Providence Hospital.

Task Force

Sahira Long, MD, IBCLC Children's National Medical Center (Chair)
MaryEllen Revenis, MD Children's National Medical Center
Jennifer Tender, MD, IBCLC Children's National Medical Center, AAP DC Chapter Breastfeeding Coordinator
Michal Young, MD Howard University Hospital, AAP DC Chapter Breastfeeding Coordinator
Gwendolyn West, IBCLC Howard University Hospital/DC WIC
Kathleen Logan, CPNP, IBCLC Kaiser Permanente, Family Health and Birth Center
Paulette Thompson DC Department of Health, DC WIC Breastfeeding Coordinator
Gabriela Garcia Providence Hospital, Center for Perinatal Advocacy
Maria Jaramillo Providence Hospital, Center for Perinatal Advocacy