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Myrtue Medical’s Birthing Center Receives IBCLC Care Award

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Myrtue Medical’s Birthing Center Receives IBCLC Care Award

The International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners® (IBLCE®) and International Lactation Consultant Association® (ILCA®) have recognized Myrtue Medical Center (MMC) for excellence in lactation care.

MMC has received the IBCLC Care Award in recognition for staffing professionals who hold the prestigious International Board Certified Lactation Consultant® (IBCLC®) certification and provide a lactation program for breastfeeding families. In addition, the facility demonstrated that it has recently completed activities that help protect, promote, and support breastfeeding.

“I am very excited to receive the IBCLC Care Award on behalf of Myrtue’s Birthing Center,” said Michele Monson, RNC-OB, Birthing Center Manager. “Achieving this distinction has been a collaborative effort between our expert lactation consultant and our Birthing Center staff. Our medical providers and nurses work hard to implement best practices in infant nutrition through education, guidance, and support of our Birthing Center families.”

IBCLCs focus on preventive care, so they are available before, during, and after pregnancy to assess and provide information on how to successfully initiate breastfeeding and how to overcome breastfeeding challenges after birth. Cara Cacy, RN, IBCLC, is Myrtue’s in-house Lactation Consultant and is available to meet with patients here at the Birthing Center.

“I am deeply passionate about all aspects of breastfeeding and my role encompasses a wide range of responsibilities; prenatal education, assisting with newborns' initial feedings, and identifying and resolving complications that may arise during the breastfeeding process,” stated Cara. “My commitment to this cause is rooted in the vast amount of scientific research that supports the mother/infant bond and the numerous benefits of breastfeeding to both mother and baby. I am dedicated to sharing this knowledge and experience with all expectant and new parents, as they navigate the challenges of pregnancy and early parenthood. I feel privileged to play a part in helping families achieve their unique feeding goals and am proud to be part of the MMC Birthing Team.”

As allied healthcare professionals with the leading internationally recognized certification for professional lactation services, IBCLC professionals work in hospitals and birthing centers, clinics, public health agencies, private practice, community settings, government agencies, and in research. There are currently nearly 36,000 such professionals in 131 countries worldwide who are IBCLCs ( The IBCLC certification program is accredited by the NCCA, the accreditation arm of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence. NCCA accreditation represents a mark of quality for certification programs.