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Release: Immediate

UIHC appoints lactation specialist to provide patient care

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A longtime nurse at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC) has a new job helping mothers who choose to breastfeed. Deborah Hubbard was recently appointed as lactation specialist in the Division of Children's and Women's Services to standardize patient and staff education and to promote the benefits of breastfeeding.

"Our goal with this new position is to provide support to women who have chosen to breastfeed," said Linda Petersen, advanced practice nurse for Children's and Women's Services. "We will be able to show the positive impact of breastfeeding and how beneficial it is for infants and mothers."

The department wanted to enhance the education and support that staff already provided. "Education is really important to help a mother get off to a good start," Hubbard said.

Hubbard has been employed at UIHC for more than 23 years as a registered nurse, concentrating her work in patient education. She has taught childbirth preparation classes, breastfeeding classes, newborn parenting classes and refresher classes at UIHC.

Hubbard is certified by the International Board of Lactation Consultants Examiners, the National Association of Childbirth Education Specialists, and ASPO Lamaze, and she is a labor support specialist. She is also a member of the Johnson County Breastfeeding Coalition.

As lactation specialist, Hubbard is in the developmental stages of implementing a follow-up phone call program and support group for breastfeeding mothers. "We want to provide support to impact the duration of breastfeeding," Petersen said.

Hubbard is available from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information regarding lactation services at UIHC, call (319) 384-8741.