MMC Nurses Earn Lactation Consultant Accreditation

February 9, 2015

Five Memorial Medical Center nurses completed the requirements to earn their International Board Certified Lactation Consultant® credentials. Pictured, from left to right, are Tracy Alsup BSN, IBCLC; Genoveva Soto RN, IBCLC; Deborah Stafford RNC, IBCLC; Denise Morales BSN, IBCLC; Andrea Cathey BSN, IBCLC.


Five MMC Labor & Delivery Nurses Earn Prestigious

Lactation Consultant Credential

The International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners® (IBLCE®) credentialed five Memorial Medical Center nurses as International Board Certified Lactation Consultants®.  The IBCLC® is a mark of excellence in the lactation field and the IBCLE is the global authority that determines the knowledge of practitioners in lactation and breastfeeding care. IBCLE was founded in 1985, with the vision of advancing the health and well-being of mothers and children worldwide by providing standards of knowledge and increasing the number of practitioners in lactation and breastfeeding care.  IBCLE has certificants in 100 countries.

Since 1988, the IBCLE certification program has held accreditation through the prestigious National Commission of Certifying Agencies of the Institute of Credentialing Excellence, and was one of the very first certification programs worldwide to earn this mark of quality and distinction. NCCA reaccredited IBLCE again in 2014.

MMC labor and delivery nurses Tracy Alsup, Genoveva Soto, Deborah Stafford, Denise Morales and Andrea Cathey, each met rigorous prerequisites and passed a challenging exam to earn this prestigious certification. They were awarded with their certificates in November. Demand for lactation consultants is on the rise as more and more mothers recognize the importance and benefits of breastfeeding.  These IBCLCs will provide collaborative care for mothers delivering their baby at MMC by mapping out a plan to help them achieve their breastfeeding goals. They will help mothers and families make informed decisions regarding nutrition for their baby while taking into consideration the family’s individual situation.

MMC is dedicated to offering the highest standard of care for mothers and their newborns.  The hospital is well on its way to achieving Level III NICU status, the only hospital in southern New Mexico to offer this standard of care.  Recently MMC has added a neonatal transport unit which contains an isolette and specially trained neonatal clinicians. The goal is to offer families in our community an option to stay close to home when there are complications with pregnancy or delivery instead of having the baby in El Paso or Albuquerque.

Since December, MMC offers all patients a private room (with the exception of the Pediatric and Behavioral Health units).  Remodeling is planned for the Labor and Delivery rooms and lobby during the first half of 2015. Memorial Medical Center is proud to now offer certified lactation consultation for all of our new babies and their families.