Reid Family Birthing team among first to receive ‘EMPower’ training
The Reid Health Family Birthing Center staff is among the first in the nation to successfully complete the "EMPower Training initiative," a competency training program to advance knowledge and skills in evidence-based maternity practices to promote optimal infant nutrition.
Funded by the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC), the EMPower Training initiative is committed to
safe implementation of maternity care practices to support infant nutrition,
including breastfeeding, with a goal of improving public health.
As part of this effort, Reid Health committed to training
staff in accordance with the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF Baby-Friendly
Hospital Initiative (BFHI) guidance outlined in the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding.
Misti Foust-Cofield, Vice President/Chief Nursing
Officer, notes the news comes on the third anniversary of the health system's
receiving international Baby-Friendly® designation and
during National Breastfeeding Awareness month. "This is another example that
illustrates our commitment to offering our moms and babies exceptional support
and education designed to encourage their best health."
"This education program will help us continue to provide
up-to-date information to our families and give them the support they need to
be successful in breastfeeding their babies," said Rachele Severance, RN, Nurse
Manager of the Family birthing Center. She and Stephanie Field, RN, Service
Line Director for Women and Children's Services, said the training, along with
the Safe Baby car seat and Safe Sleep initiatives, are instrumental in helping
reduce infant mortality in Indiana. "All of these initiatives support state
legislation aimed at reducing Indiana's high infant Mortality rates by focusing
on support and education for our mothers and families."
With the help of the EMPower Training initiative, the
Family Birthing Center is using a more standardized program to equip staff with
the skills needed to continue to support mothers in the safe implementation of
optimal infant nutrition.
The EMPower Team is led by Abt Associates, Carolina Global
Breastfeeding Institute, and the Center for Public Health Quality.
The training, along with the Safe Baby car seat and Safe Sleep initiatives, are instrumental in helping reduce infant mortality in Indiana.