UnityPoint Health – Finley Hospital’s Family Birthing Suites is pleased to announce the addition of an International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). Laura Knabel, RN, who has worked at Finley for 27 years, recently completed robust training and testing required for the designation. Knabel leads eight other Certified Lactation Counselors (CLCs). In addition, all of Finley’s Family Birthing Suite nurses receive lactation training.
According to the International Lactation Consultant Association, an International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) is a healthcare professional who specializes in the clinical management of breastfeeding. An IBCLC can work in a variety of settings including: patient care, professional development, and advocacy.
As part of the growing program, Knabel and other counselors visit with moms while they are still in the hospital – helping to establish breastfeeding. Upon discharge, mothers can attend a weekly support group and call Finley’s Mom and Baby phone for 24/7 breastfeeding support. Knabel also provides professional development, education, and leadership to Finley staff.