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Mother Baby Unit Nurse Manager Veronica Hudson stands inside of the new breastfeeding/pumping room in USA Children's & Women's Hospital.
Not long ago, a Mobile mom was ejected from the courthouse for trying to breastfeed her baby in a courtroom.
Not so at USA Children’s and Women’s, where patients, staff and visitors alike can relax in the Pumping Room to breastfeed their infants or pump milk for later.
“Every public place should have a private place for breastfeeding mothers,” says Veronica Hudson, nurse manager at CW’s mother and baby floor.
For many years, women might have sought the quiet of a closet, unoccupied patient room or restroom to feed their babies, she said, but for the past few years the hospital has designated a special room to accommodate those who need breastfeeding space.
“It’s a nice room,” says Hudson, with sofa, rocking chair, TV, bathroom, telephone and a nice view to outside. “We try to keep it clean and fresh.”
“We are a family-centered hospital,” she explains, working hard to involve parents, grandparents and siblings in the best possible care for infants.
“We promote breastfeeding because it’s an important source of nutrition,” she says.
Nurses, physicians and other staff members use the room routinely, she says, and the pamphlet given to new patients includes details about the room as a service to patients and their visitors.
If you need help with breastfeeding issues, then the Pumping Room is the right place, because staff members can offer information and advice to new mothers.
It’s in Room 241, a former patient room.
About USA Children's & Women's Hospital
The University of South Alabama Children's & Women's Hospital is among a handful of freestanding hospitals in the United States dedicated specifically to the health care needs of children and women. USACWH health care professionals are uniquely qualified and equipped to provide a wide range of therapeutic and surgical services for children and women, be it life-threatening illness, traumatic injury, premature birth or high-risk obstetrical and gynecological needs.
USACW is the Mobile area’s leading provider of health services for newborn babies and their mothers. The Labor & Delivery Unit successfully delivers more than 2,800 babies each year, an average of five to 15 babies each day, which is twice as many births as any other hospital in Mobile. The unit also features 15 private birthing suites promoting family-centered care and three operating rooms for cesarean section deliveries and other obstetric procedures.
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