Enriching Maternity Care Communities in the Carolinas is a 3-year Duke Endowment funded project. CGBI will support hospitals as they pursue official state recognition and/or Baby-Friendly designation, and will work with them to ensure the sustainability of lactation services in the future. In addition, we will provide training and education to affiliated prenatal clinics and to child care providers and community leaders in the hospital communities.

This exciting new project helping maternity care facilities in the Carolinas has gotten off to a great start. We have begun on-boarding facilities via a Welcome Webinar and a mailed Welcome Binder, explaining details of participation in the project. We have also held our first content-related webinar, introducing more details of the project, including data measures and our online communication platform.

Our breastfeeding and quality improvement coaches are also off to a great start, having already visited 7 facilities since April 1st. These full-day visits allow our coaches to get to know each hospital team individually, assessing needs and creating relationships to sustain the work going forward. We plan to visit each facility this summer, after which we will convene all hospital teams together here in Chapel Hill, NC, for a 2-day collaborative learning meeting in September. Teams will benefit by learning from one another and also from several clinical expert speakers, including representatives from Baby-Friendly USA and the NC State Breastfeeding Coordinator.  We look forward to this event and establishing relationships to last throughout our 3-year project and beyond.

Breastfeeding Coach Gigi Lawless with the team at WakeMed North in Raleigh, NC

Please email the project manager, Kathy Parry, with any questions you might have about this project at enrich_carolinas@unc.edu.

We are grateful to The Duke Endowment for sharing our vision to improve care in the Carolinas. Based in Charlotte and established in 1924 by industrialist and philanthropist James B. Duke, The Duke Endowment is a private foundation that strengthens communities in North Carolina and South Carolina by nurturing children, promoting health, educating minds and enriching spirits. Since its founding, it has distributed more than $3.4 billion in grants. The Endowment shares a name with Duke University and Duke Energy, but all are separate organizations.

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