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Janine Wright, Human Resources Service Specialist, Einstein Healthcare Network, holding a Breastfeeding Friendly Employer Award, shown with Dr. Donald F. Schwarz, Health Commissioner and Deputy Mayor for Health and Opportunity for the City of Philadelphia, who presented the award.
PHILADELPHIA, August 8, 2012 – Einstein Healthcare Network has been recognized as a breastfeeding friendly employer by the City of Philadelphia, together with the Maternal, Child and Family Division of the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, and Maternity Care Coalition. Einstein was one of 12 Philadelphia employers recently recognized during World Breastfeeding Week for taking steps to support mothers and become officially certified breastfeeding friendly workplaces.
There are two dedicated, well-equipped lactation rooms at Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia where employees can go to pump breast milk to take home for their babies. Plans are in the works to expand the program to the newest addition to the Einstein family – Einstein Medical Center Montgomery, slated to open the end of September in East Norritown, Pa. “Breastfeeding gives babies the healthiest start to life since breast milk contains vitamins and nutrients that help protect babies from illnesses, so we’re happy to offer these comfortable breastfeeding lounges to our employees,” said Janine Wright, Human Resources Service Specialist at Einstein Healthcare Network. “The response to the lactation program has been extremely positive from all levels of staff, and it’s a great recruitment tool as well as a retention tool, so everyone benefits.”
Supervisors work with employees to adjust their schedules to enable enough time to pump breast milk while balancing work expectations with the operational needs of the department. Employees can call the Women and Children’s Service Line lactation representative if they have questions or need assistance with breastfeeding. The breastfeeding lounges are equipped with hospital grade breast pumps in case an employee doesn’t have her own pump.
BackgroundThe landscape for breastfeeding mothers at work changed in 2010 with The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (also known as Health Care Reform). According to the new law, employers with 50 or more employees are required to provide a reasonable break time and a private place for an employee to express breast milk during the workday for the child’s first year of life. In an effort to promote the health benefits of breastfeeding and encourage working mothers to continue breastfeeding, Maternity Care Coalition, in partnership with the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, launched the Breastfeeding Friendly Philadelphia campaign in March 2010. Under this campaign, Maternity Care Coalition helps employers comply with the new legal provision and offers free consultant services to implement a successful workplace breastfeeding support program.
In addition to Einstein Healthcare Network, the other employers that received certificates of participation from Donald F. Schwarz, MD, Health Commissioner and Deputy Mayor for Health and Opportunity for the City of Philadelphia, include: Pennsylvania Hospital, the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, Congreso de Latinos Unidos, Philadelphia Youth Network, The School District of Philadelphia, Saint Joseph’s University, the Philadelphia Workforce Development Corporation, North Inc. (WIC), Mariana Bracetti Academy Charter School, Maternity Care Coalition, and State Representative Babette Joseph’s office.