Breastfeeding Coalition

Overview

The Healthy Communities Breastfeeding Coalition works to ensure every new mom has the education and resources needed to successfully breastfeed their baby.

Healthy Communities Breastfeeding Coalition 2019 Accomplishments

  • The breastfeeding coalition wrote a grant to support the cost of construction related to our CRH Mothers’ Room South. The space is available for visitors and patients to comfortably feed and care for their babies. Staff will also have access to this room for pumping. Thanks to the Columbus Regional Health Foundation for the generous grant!
  • We partnered with The Milk Bank and the CRH Outpatient Lab to have our first ever Milk Donor Drive. We had great volunteer coverage, had 100s of ounces of milk donated and signed up a few new moms to donate.
  • The coalition supported the CRH Birthing Centers successful, “Baby Friendly re- designation.”
  • The coalition raised over $2,000.00 to support a second day of Nurse n’ Chat. Nurse n’ Chat is now biweekly, which gives moms two opportunities to access consistent help from an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC).
  • We donated two bags of clothing from our second annual Swap, Don’t Shop.
  • We closed Fourth Street to celebrate breastfeeding families at the Live, Love, Latch. We had 18 vendors sharing breastfeeding resources, safe-sleep and insurance information, as well as other resources for families. 154 people attended our event. We worked with the City of Columbus to declare August 10, 2019 as, “Breastfeeding Awareness Day.”
  • The Breastfeeding & Baby Care Station at the Bartholomew County 4-H Fair was used 127 times.
  • Mom’s said, “This was a lifesaver! Rockers were extra appreciated, keep up the great work.”
  • “Amazing! Such a blessing you are to this community!”
  • “Thank you so much for the cool space to feed and care for my little guy. We give it 4 thumbs up! :)”
  • “Love the safe and cool place to nurse my baby. The literature was an added bonus, Thanks!”
  • “Amazed by the support given to breastfeeding mommas! Thank you so much!!”
  •  Our Breastfeeding & Baby Care station moved onto the main strip at the 2019 Ethnic Expo. We partnered with Clarity to provide diapers and wipes for moms.
  • Birdie Gunyon Meyer, RN, MA, PMH-C discussed Perinatal Depression on August 28th at our continuing medical education program at CRH. 67 people attended, (8 MD, 59 Non MD) Birdie Gunyon Meyer received overwhelmingly positive feedback. We were able to provide continuing education for Lactation Consultants, (CERPS)
  • Our Milk Donation Site received 6,489 ounces of donated breast-milk in 2019. We had 17 donors share their extra breast milk.

Nurse n’ Chat usage data 2013-2019

Total Usage

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

January

3

5

7

8

34

30

52

February

5

8

8

8

35

31

48

March

4

14

5

8

29

29

39

April

8

1

18

5

41

40

50

May

4

13

9

10

44

44

48

June

4

16

8

10

35

49

67*

July

10

9

5

9

20

54

62

August

5

11

13

11

49

54

57

September

7

8

10

16

33

37

59

October

3

17

6

7

46

63

71

November

3

12

4

19

21

43

46

December

0

5

6

17

22

34

60

Total

56

119

99

128

409

508

659

* Added a second weekly session on Fridays

  • Weekly Nurse n’ chat sessions offer all breastfeeding mothers free, regular and predictable support and guidance by a Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC).
  • Held every Tuesday and Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Mothering Essentials, 424 Washington Street, Columbus (above Lockett's - elevator available).
  • Scales available to weigh you baby.
  • 100% of participants surveyed would recommend Nurse n’ Chat to a friend.
  • The Community Doula Program is part of the Breastfeeding Coalition of Bartholomew County.
  • A doula is a woman experienced in childbirth that provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother and birth partner, before, during and just after childbirth.
  • Birth Doulas and Post-Partum Doulas are available and can help support breastfeeding efforts.

Community Doula Program Staff

Audrey Tyree
Birth Doula DONA Certified, 
Email: audrey.s.tyree@gmail.com 
Phone: 812-603-2046

Mayita Rising (Español) 
Birth Doula DONA Certified
Email: mayita112@hotmail.com 
Phone: 812-344-7668

Sara Galbraith 
Birth Doula 
Email: sara.galbraith@live.com 
Phone: 812-371-8064

Briana Hamblin 
Birth Doula 
Email: brianahamblin19@gmail.com
Phone: 309-212-9351

Ashley Rutledge
Birth Doula 
Email: ashleyhilycord@gmail.com 
Phone: 812-341-1362

How are Doulas Qualified? Columbus Area Doulas are professionally trained and certified by DONA international, (if not noted- they are DONA pre-certified) 

DONA is an amazing community with a shared passion for families that reaches around the world.  DONA doulas serve in over 20 countries. 

Fees: The cost of the program is on a sliding fee schedule that can be determined with you and your doula.

La Leche League

  • All breastfeeding mothers and mothers-to-be interested in breastfeeding are welcome to come to free meetings or call one of four Leaders for breastfeeding help or information. Babies are always welcome.
  • Breastfeeding Cafés every month at Mothering Essentials, 424 Washington Street, Columbus (above Lockett's - elevator available).
    • 1st Tuesday 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
    • 3rd Tuesday 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

New Hope Services - Bartholomew County WIC

http://www.newhopeservices.org

Doug Otto United Way Center
1531 13th Street, Suite G 450
Columbus, IN 47201
Phone: 812-379-1557