Lactation Program Assistant

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917036

Vidant Medical Center

Part Time

Regular

Summary

About James and Connie Maynard Children's Hospital

The James and Connie Maynard Children's Hospital at Vidant Medical Center offers 197 beds and bassinets and an array of specialized services unequaled in eastern North Carolina. Our patient-and-family-centered care philosophy is more than a mantra; it's the guiding force of our efforts and has been for nearly 30 years. It is expressed in tangible ways throughout our recent 78,000-square-foot expansion.

Responsibilities

The Lactation Program Assistant is preferably certified through the International Board of Lactation Consultants or has successfully completed the requirements of the NC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Program. The Lactation Program Assistant (LPA) works with a Lactation Specialist RN to provide family centered maternity newborn care breastfeeding support to patients and their families.  The LPA will make inpatient visits and follow-up phone calls to aid in the establishment and maintenance of breastfeeding. The LPA will provide assistance to patients and families in Maternal Expressions Breastfeeding Boutique.

  • Reinforce breastfeeding education under the supervision of the Lactation Specialist or RN while practicing the 10 Steps of Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative. 
  • Provide family centered maternity newborn care inpatient and outpatient follow-up support visits through Maternal Expressions.
  • Identify patient behavior that might indicate the need for additional support,  or referral to a Lactation Specialist.
  • Assist in teaching infant feeding classes.
  • Facilitate the Breastfeeding Support Group as delegated by Lactation Specialist.
  • Facilitate Maternal Expressions rentals and sales.
  • Maintain Maternal Expression inventory, expand the product line and the facilitate pump rental program as delegated.
  • Document in the Electronic Health Record and The Lactation Consultant software.

Minimum Requirements

  • High School plus less than 1 year of formal training or education. Basic course in Breast-feeding and Nutrition Support.
  • Ability to speak Spanish preferred to work with the high number of Hispanic clients in the program.
  • Must demonstrate competency in principles of breast-feeding support.
  • Related Work Experience: 3 months to l year
  • Because this is a peer counselor position, the person must have personal breast-feeding experience-must have breastfed an infant for a minimum of 6 months. Previous experience in a Human Service position preferred, but not required.

General Statement

It is the goal of Vidant Health and its entities to employ the most qualified individual who best matches the requirements for the vacant position.

Offers of employment are subject to successful completion of all pre-employment screenings, which may include an occupational health screening, criminal record check, education, reference, and licensure verification.

We value diversity and are proud to be an equal opportunity employer.   Decisions of employment are made based on business needs, job requirements and applicant’s qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, genetic information and testing, family and medical leave, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression or any other status protected by law. We prohibit retaliation against individuals who bring forth any complaint, orally or in writing, to the employer, or against any individuals who assist or participate in the investigation of any complaint.

 

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