DCMH Dedicates Employee Lactation Room; Holds Open House
During the dedication
ceremony, Hoover presented
Ivker with a commemorative
Sacajawea coin that belonged
to Chris Mulford.
In January, Delaware County Memorial Hospital officially renamed its employee lactation room to the Chris Mulford Employee Lactation Room.
Mulford was a local lactation consultant who was known nationally and internationally for her dedication to breastfeeding protection, promotion and support. She passed away suddenly in August 2011, prompting Linda Ivker, R.N.C., B.S.N., IBCLC, DCMH Labor and Delivery nurse and certified lactation consultant, to officially name the hospital’s lactation room in Mulford’s honor. Ivker then coordinated an open house and invited Mulford’s family to attend.
At the event, Mulford’s daughter Zoe sang a song that she and her mother had written together, called “Smoothing the Way,” to acknowledge women’s breastfeeding efforts. DCMH’s is the first lactation room in the state to be named in Mulford’s honor.
DCMH has offered its employees the lactation room, which is a quiet, comfortable and private place for new mothers to pump breast milk for their babies, since 2008.
Pictured from left to right are Zanet Lester,
CKHS director for Nursing Excellence; Linda
Ivker, DCMH Labor and Delivery nurse and
certified lactation consultant; Kay Hoover,
Mulford’s practice partner; Zoe Mulford,
daughter; George Mulford, husband; and
Margaret Robinson, sister.