American Academy of Pediatrics
Illinois Chapter

Ten Steps Forward: Building Momentum on the Baby-Friendly Pathway in Illinois

  • 11 Sep 2014
  • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Dove Conference Center, Prairie Heart Institute at St. John’s Hospital, 619 East Mason Street in Springfield, IL
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  • The registration fee covers the cost of a box lunch and beverages on the day of the conference. You will have the opportunity to indicate your meal preferences via a separate form prior to the event.

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ICAAP We Choose Health

This is an exciting time in Illinois, with almost half of the state’s maternity hospitals pursuing Baby-Friendly Hospital designation. In order to assist hospitals throughout the state as they work on implementing the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, the Illinois Department of Public Health We Choose Health Initiative, in collaboration with the Illinois Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (ICAAP) and the Illinois State Breastfeeding Task Force, is sponsoring a one-day statewide conference, Ten Steps Forward: Building Momentum on the Baby-Friendly Pathway in Illinois, in Springfield, IL on September 11, 2014.

This conference will not only provide participants with valuable resources that will facilitate their journey to Baby-Friendly designation, it will also help hospitals to network and collaborate in their efforts throughout the state as they work on implementing the Ten Steps, complying with the Illinois Infant Feeding Act and meeting requirements of the Joint Commission related to exclusive breastfeeding measures and reporting.

Conference Registration:  The conference is for representatives of organizations pursuing Baby-Friendly Hospital designation, as well as any individuals who are interested in supporting the Baby-Friendly initiative in their communities. 

CE Information:  St. John's College, Department of Continuing Education is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. 5.5 contact hours will be awarded for this educational activity.

Education Stipend Availability:  Thanks to conference support from the We Choose Health Baby-Friendly Hospital Project, an education stipend of $100 is available to a limited number of eligible registrants on a first-come, first-served basis with a limit of two stipends per organization. Due to grant funding requirements, attendees from or representing organizations located in Cook, Lake, Kane, DuPage, and Will counties are ineligible for stipends.

Conference Agenda
8:30-9am Registration
9-10am Update on Baby-Friendly in Illinois
10-10:45am Strategies for Physician Engagement
10:45-11am Break
11am-Noon The Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding - One Step at a Time
Noon-1pm Lunch
1-1:30pm Breastfeeding Policy and Staff Training
1:30-2pm Education and Community Support for Breastfeeding
2-2:30pm Skin-to-Skin and Rooming In
2:30-2:45pm Break
2:45-3:15pm Promoting Exclusive Breastfeeding
3:15-3:45pm Cue Feeding
3:45-4pm Wrap Up

This project is part of the Illinois Department of Public Health’s We Choose Health Initiative, which is made possible by funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

About the Presenters:

Mary Dobbins, MD, FAAP
Dr. Dobbins joins us from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, where she serves as an Associate Professor in Pediatrics and Child Psychiatry. Dr. Dobbins originally received her training in lactation management through Wellstart International/UCSD. This led to her involvement with the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative, and St John's Hospital, the SIU affiliate, became the twelfth Baby-Friendly hospital in the nation and the first in the state of Illinois. Dr. Dobbins has been involved with breastfeeding promotion at the national level through her work as a charter member and Policy Committee Chair for the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine, on the leadership committee of the Breastfeeding Task Force/Section on Breastfeeding for the American Academy of Pediatrics, and as a speaker at numerous national meetings, including Le Leche League International and the Global Forum on Breastfeeding Medicine. At the state level, Dr. Dobbins is a charter member of the State Breastfeeding Task Force, co-founder of the Physician’s Breastfeeding Network of Illinois, and past member of the IDHS Nutrition Services Advisory Committee. A long-time member of ICAAP, Dr. Dobbins was the Chapter’s first Breastfeeding Coordinator.

Barbara O’Connor, RN, BSN, IBCLC, ANLC
Barbara has been involved professionally in promoting breastfeeding and human lactation for the past 20 years. She has served as a local WIC coordinator, assessment manager for Baby-Friendly USA, and a national and international lactation educator. Currently, Barbara is working as faculty for the Healthy Children Project. Barbara co-authored the book Maternal and Infant Assessment for Breastfeeding and Human Lactation: A Guide for the Practitioner, developed the “Grandmothers’ Tea Project” and provided breastfeeding education for physicians in Latvia and Egypt. Barbara is a member of the Illinois State Breastfeeding Task Force and the United States Breastfeeding Committee.

Janet Tolley, RNC, BAN, IBCLC, CD, CPD (DONA)
As the Lactation and Doula Program facilitator at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, Janet has worked in the maternity field for more than 30 years. She started the lactation program at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield in 1993 and led St. John's in pursuing Baby-Friendly designation, becoming the first Baby-Friendly hospital in Illinois in 1988. Janet has assisted several hospitals in their implementation of the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding and achievement of Baby-Friendly designation. She has spoken on the topics of breastfeeding and Baby-Friendly throughout the state of Illinois.

Beth Seidel, BA, IBCLC
Beth is the current ICAAP project manager for the We Choose Health Baby-Friendly Hospital project and provides expertise and support to hospitals and health departments as they work together to achieve Baby-Friendly designation for the hospital. She is also a lactation consultant at Illinois’ second Baby-Friendly hospital, Pekin Hospital, where, in addition to seeing both inpatients and outpatients, she oversees all Baby-Friendly activity for the hospital. Beth also conducts breastfeeding education for local families and health care personnel throughout Illinois.

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