Fisher-Titus has expanded their breastfeeding program to include an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). Carrie Daugherty, RN, a registered nurse in the Fisher-Titus Birthing Center, has successfully passed the IBCLC exam.
“We are so fortunate to have Carrie on staff here in the Birthing Center,” said Alisha Nims, BSN, RN, manager, Birthing Center. “She has a passion for helping mothers find success in achieving their feeding goals. She spent months preparing, reviewing, reading, and staying abreast of the most up-to-date evidence-based practices regarding lactation information. We are proud of her hard work to receive her IBCLC certification.”
An IBCLC is a health care professional specializing in the clinical management of breastfeeding. They work in a wide variety of settings, including hospitals, pediatric offices, public health clinics, and private practice.
In order to sit for the IBCLC exam an individual must have a health-science background, a minimum of 90 hours of lactation specific education, lactation specific clinical experience, and attest to adhering to the Code of Professional Conduct for IBCLCs.
The IBCLC exam consists of seven content areas: development and nutrition; endocrinology and physiology; pathology; pharmacology and toxicology; anthropology, psychology, and sociology; techniques; and clinical skills.
“Having an IBCLC nurse on staff, in addition to our wonderfully trained Certified Lactation Counselors and Certified Breastfeeding Counselors, means that we can work to expand our lactation services,” said Nims. “Having an IBCLC means that we can schedule more routine follow up visits, have a nurse specializing in breastfeeding rounding daily on patients, maintain and expand our 3 star rating in OHA’s First Steps for Healthy Babies program, and even expand to telehealth breastfeeding services in the future.”
Fisher-Titus regularly offers breastfeeding support groups and education for expecting and new mothers. These programs have been put on hold due to the pandemic but will be posted online at fishertitus.org/upcoming-events once they resume. In addition to Daugherty’s IBCLC certification, the Fisher-Titus Birthing Center has five nurses who are Certified Breastfeeding Counselors (CBC) and one nurse who is a Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC). In December, Fisher-Titus received its 3-star designation in the Ohio First Steps for Healthy Babies program from the Ohio Hospital Association and the Ohio Department of Health.
For more information on the Fisher-Titus Birthing Center, visit fishertitus.org/birthing-center.