Category Archives: Celebrations

All I Ever Need to Know I Learned From Breastfeeding?

We’ve all heard of the Robert Fulghum book All I Ever Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten. I think it’s true—be nice, share, don’t pull on pigtails, tie your shoes—these are life lessons that never lose their value. Those … Continue reading

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So Normal Now

It all seems so normal now, this Baby-Friendly journey. It’s been made part of our work lives, and sometimes I forget we’re special, part of a single-digit percentage of hospitals in the country making these recommended changes. But then I … Continue reading

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Not Just About Football

I’ve lived in South Bend, Indiana for 12 years. Becoming a Notre Dame football fan is not required to live here, but you’re the odd duck if you don’t at least know a little bit about the game when you … Continue reading

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Don’t Wait! Teach Rooming-in Benefits Early and Often

Here it is! The first “product” of our Work-Out Day is finished! One thing we determined as a result of our rooming-in Performance Excellence Work-Out is that rooming-in education has to begin well before families are admitted to the Mother/Baby … Continue reading

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Tipping Point

Purdue University Bell Tower It happened again. I was stung with Baby-Friendly thoughts at the oddest time. This time I was at Purdue University to register my oldest daughter for her freshmen classes. I was smiling ear to ear, enjoying … Continue reading

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A 1/2 Year in Review

Baby-Friendly is a huge process-improvement project, requiring multiple nursing units to work together to change policies and practices. We are very fortunate at Memorial to have a highly cooperative team of nurse leaders, physician champions, as well as support and … Continue reading

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Dare to be Danish!

Change can be frightening, confusing or exciting. I’ve noticed some nurses and doctors embracing the change Baby-Friendly will bring to our hospital, and I’ve heard some tell all the reasons they think it won’t work here. I’ve seen smiles and … Continue reading

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