St. David's HealthCare

St. David's HealthCare is one of the largest health systems in Texas and Austin's third-
largest private employer, with more than 60 sites throughout Central Texas, including
seven hospitals, four urgent care centers, four ambulatory surgery centers, and two
freestanding emergency departments, with a third set to open in Bastrop this summer.

St. David's HealthCare has a long history of serving the residents of Central Texas
with exceptional medical care. Our 7,500 employees touch over 858,000 lives each
year with a spirit of warmth, friendliness and personal pride.

St. David's Medical Center Lactation

Welcome to the wonderful experience of breastfeeding. By choosing to breastfeed your baby, you are offering her the best possible start in life. Being familiar with some breastfeeding basics will help you to settle into breastfeeding with less difficulty. St. David’s Medical Center’s Lactation Program offers a variety of lactation services for the breastfeeding mom. It is our hope that we can offer you the information and support you will need to enjoy your new role as a breastfeeding mom. Attending a breastfeeding class will help you get off to a great start.

Our Services

Inpatient Lactation Services

Our all RN Lactation Consultant team sees every breastfeeding mother while they are in the hospital, 7 days a week. These experts assist you and your baby in proper breastfeeding techniques and practices, giving you both the best possible start to your breastfeeding experience.

 

Mother & Child Connection

             

The Mother & Child Connection Boutique is located on the Maternity floor. The convenient location and competitive pricing is perfect for new parents that need breastfeeding supplies, but don’t want to leave the hospital. The store is open Monday – Friday, 11:30am – 3:30pm and Saturdays, 11:30am – 2:30pm. We offer a variety of supplies including breast pumps for rental and purchase, nursing pillows, nursing bras and more. For more information please call 512-544-4104

 

Breastfeeding Warm Line - 512-544-4104


Some moms leave the hospital feeling confident with breastfeeding, only to get home and feel overwhelmed. We are here for you. St. David’s Medical Center’s Lactation Program has a warm line to support you with breastfeeding. This line is answered by an IBCLC Certified, RN, Lactation Consultant during Mother & Child Connection business hours.



 

 

St. David’s Medical Center Named a 2014 Texas Ten Step Facility For Its Support of Breastfeeding Mothers

Texas 10 Step Program FacilitySt. David’s Medical Center has been designated a 2014 Texas Ten Step Facility by the Department of State Health Services and the Texas Hospital Association. This annual designation is awarded to birthing facilities that provide optimal care to improve breastfeeding outcomes.

The Texas Medical Association officially endorsed the Texas Ten Step Program in 2009 to encourage hospitals to create an environment that supports the breastfeeding mother. Health professionals agree that breastfeeding is the first step toward a healthy life. St. David’s Medical Center is providing an environment that creates positive outcomes for breastfeeding families.

St. David’s Medical Center has implemented 10 goals or “steps,” to support mothers who intend to breastfeed their infants before, during, and after delivery. These practices will help the facility meet Texas Breastfeeding Initiative’s goal of having 75 percent of mothers exclusively breastfeeding when they go home with their newborn. This is an essential step toward longer durations of exclusive breastfeeding after discharge. Among the goals that a facility must maintain to acquire the Texas Ten Step designation are training staff within the first six months of employment and offering annual updates. Staff provides the mother with resources to get continued care after discharge as well. The information provided allows staff to give mothers the care that they need in order to succeed in breastfeeding.

For more information on the Texas Ten Step Program, visit
http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/wichd/lactate/TXfact.shtm

 

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Related Services:

Newborn & Neonatal Intensive Care

The Breast Center

For more information, call (512) 544-4226 or e-mail stephnie.patterson@stdavids.com

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    919 E 32nd Street
    Austin, TX 78705
    Telephone: (512) 476-7111
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