Methodist Hospital opened in 1963 as the first hospital in the internationally acclaimed South Texas Medical Center. From the beginning, we've recognized the unique needs of each of our patients. It's a process that we continue to improve on, creating ways to better serve the community when they need us the most. Methodist Hospital offers a broad range of specialties including cardiology, bone marrow transplant, emergency medicine, neurosciences, maternity care, gynecology and orthopedics. Methodist Hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission in stroke care and is designated as an accredited Chest Pain Center. We deeply value our staff and our patients. As the flagship hospital of the Medical Center and of the Methodist Healthcare system of hospitals, we appreciate the support and recognition we recieve from the community in being ranked No. 1 in the Express - News Reader's Choice Awards from 2009-2013. We also enjoy being the most preferred hospital in San Antonio, as consistently reported by the Consumer Research Corporation. General Statement of Duties:
The Lactation Consultant/Candidate provides education, assistance and support to breastfeeding mothers and their infants to attain a successful breastfeeding relationship.
Essential Job Functions:
1. Evaluates breastfeeding process with mother/infant dyad, develops and implements a feeding plan based on the individual needs and goals of the breastfeeding mother/infant including evaluation of outcomes and appropriate follow-up.
2. Provides inpatient and outpatient consultations, support, counseling and educational classes for families experiencing routine and/or complex issues associated with lactation and breastfeeding.
3. Serves as consultant/resource for physicians and other healthcare providers concerning lactation issues to achieve optimal patient care breastfeeding outcomes. Provides in-services on current evidence-based breastfeeding issues to others on the healthcare team and shares information from current breastfeeding reference materials.
4. Presents current evidence-based information on breastfeeding issues to empower women to make informed decisions, learn the skills to successfully initiate and maintain lactation and to overcome breastfeeding challenges, thus enhancing maternal role satisfaction.
5. Develops and maintains cooperative working relationships with patients, staff, physicians and community services supportive of breastfeeding families.
6. Communicates effectively with the breastfeeding mother and significant others using age and audience appropriate language/teaching materials
Minimum Education, Experience, Training, Required Knowledge, Skill, Abilities and Other Job-Related Characteristics:
1. Education: Completion of approved Lactation Training Course
2. Experience: None
3. Employee completes initial and ongoing training and competencies as defined by service line, facility and department/unit which are specific to the needs of the patient population served (if applicable).
Includes: Demonstrates knowledge of: breast anatomy, physiology of lactation, benefits of breastfeeding and human milk, basic management and techniques such as positioning, achieving latch-on, and evaluating intake, prevention and management of simple and complex breastfeeding problems, correct usage of breastfeeding equipment and support products, management of special situations, nutritional guidelines, effects of medications and medical conditions in relationship to breastfeeding, and resources for breastfeeding support.
Minimum License, Certificates, or Registrations Required:
International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) certification within two (2) years of hire date.
A little about us:
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