(Annapolis, MD) February 7, 2011 – The District of Columbia and Maryland Breastfeeding Coalitions have jointly awarded Anne Arundel Medical Center (AAMC) with the Silver Breastfeeding-Friendly Workplace Award for the hospital’s efforts on behalf of breastfeeding mothers.
To be eligible for consideration, a business must meet criteria established in the Affordable Care Act and by Healthy People 2020, a program from the Department of Health and Human Services. For several years, AAMC has offered breastfeeding employees the use of breast pumps in clean, private rooms.
AAMC also excelled in the following areas:
- Private lactation rooms with multi-user pumps
- Flexible breaks from supervisors
- Bulletin board for mom-to-mom sharing in the lactation area
- Mom-to-mom breastfeeding support groups
- Ability to work part-time or telecommute
- Provides a list of local breastfeeding resources
- Provides educational packets/ materials about breastfeeding for all expectant parents
- Provides on-site pre-natal and birthing classes
- Has a lending library of breastfeeding resources
- Contract with International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) to provide one-on-one consults for employees paid by employer
- Refrigerator in lactation room available for breastmilk storage
“As the hospital that delivers the second highest number of babies in the state of Maryland, AAMC understands and respects the needs of every new mom,” said Misa Ewing, senior director, Women’s and Children’s Services, Anne Arundel Medical Center. “We take equal care of our employees as we do our patients. We look to them for feedback and will continue to evolve the programs to meet the needs and requests of our staff.”