Georgetown Hospital System Employee Credentialed As Lactation Consultant

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The Tidelands Health Newsroom

Published on October 27, 2004

Georgetown Hospital System Employee Credentialed As Lactation Consultant

Wednesday, October 27, 2004

Georgetown, SC – Carla Wham, RN, an obstetrics educator for Georgetown Hospital System, has successfully completed Board Certification examination requirements leading to certification as an International Board Certified, Registered Lactation Consultant (IBCLC).

The examination is offered by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (ILCE). A registered lactation consultant is a member of the health care team possessing specialized skills and knowledge in lactation management. The IBCLC consultant is qualified to provide skilled technical breastfeeding assistance to mothers and babies experiencing breastfeeding problems.

The IBCLC credential certifies attainment of the gold standard of competency in the lactation field and is the only official, international credential for those offering breastfeeding and lactation care and services. Candidates for the exam must meet stringent eligibility requirements that demonstrate proficiency and understanding of practical skills, clinical judgment, current research knowledge and attainment of a significant number of continuing education credits directly related to lactation.

With this certification, Carla will be available to meet lactation needs prior to delivery, while in the hospital, and as needed after discharge. Carla Wham has worked as a nurse in the Obstetrics departments of both Georgetown Memorial and Waccamaw Community Hospitals. In her current role as a fulltime, dedicated Obstetrics Educator, she provides classes and information for expectant parents and family members in a variety of educational classes offered by Georgetown Hospital System.

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