How Maternity Services and Spiritual Health partnered to create a special space for prayer, meditation and breastfeeding women

Oct 4, 2018 | News

This week, October 1-6, 2018, is World Breastfeeding Week. Perinatal Services of BC defines breastfeeding as an infant receiving breast milk, regardless of how that breast milk is delivered. So no matter whether an infant is nursing or being given a bottle of breast milk, this is breastfeeding.

In early 2018, Maternity Services and Spiritual Health were given the green light to do something amazing to benefit patients, families, and even staff at Providence. Together, they created a shared space at St. Paul’s Hospital to be used as both a quiet space for prayer and meditation, and for breastfeeding. The Shared Space is located in room 372 in the Burrard Building, just in front of the Social Work and Occupational Health Departments.

The aim is to ensure that there is a comfortable and recognized space where mothers can feed their infants, whether they are actively nursing or pumping. In doing so, the hope is to help families achieve their goals for feeding their infants by maintaining breastfeeding beyond return to work or visitation outside the home. Women who wish to use the room for pumping are asked to bring and use their preferred apparatus from home, and the appropriate containers for storing their breast milk.

Read the full story on The Daily Scan.

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