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CMH Earns Breastfeeding Coalition’s Breastfeeding Friendly Award

Ventura California, 08/17/2010

Community Memorial Hospital has been recognized for its support of employees who are nursing newborns.

The Breastfeeding Coalition of Ventura County honored CMH with its 2010 Breastfeeding Friendly Award. Megan Meeker, CMH’s director of Maternal Child Health Services, accepted the award during a ceremony held at the Ventura County Board of Supervisors meeting on Aug. 3.

CMH earned the countywide honor in the nonprofit employer category. The Breastfeeding Coalition cited the hospital for the services it provides employees while on pregnancy and maternity leave, its breastfeeding support group and its employee “Lactation Lounge” that is equipped with a high-quality, hospital-grade pump.

Nursing CMH employees also have access to supplies and services offered by the hospital’s New Parent Resource Center for patients who are new mothers. They include childbirth and new parent classes; support groups; consultations; bra fittings; and a “Breastfeeding Boutique” that stocks breast pump kits, nursing bras and breastfeeding supplies for sale. Breast pumps are also available for rent.

“We’re honored with the award and excited to serve the needs of both our employees and our patients,” Meeker said.

Community Memorial Hospital is a member of Community Memorial Health System, a not-for-profit health system, which is comprised of Community Memorial Hospital, Ojai Valley Community Hospital, and nine family-practice health centers entitled Centers for Family Health.  The health system is located in Ventura County, California.