The event is hosted by Heywood Hospital’s LaChance Maternity Center and will feature a panel of maternal/child experts including Gail Chafee, RN, IBCLC Lactation Consultant; Karen Beaton, RNC, BSN, MS, Director of Maternal/Child Health; Meredith Boudrieau, Childbirth Education; Lynn Sayarath, Mother, Breastfeeding Support Group; a WIC Peer Counselor and a WIC Lactation Consultant.
Parents who attend will discover the differences between breast milk and formula and learn why breastfeeding is so important for infants. Heywood Hospital’s maternal child experts will also discuss the effects of Labor & Delivery practices on breastfeeding and provide information on services available at Heywood Hospital. Refreshments will be served. Door prize raffles include breast pumps, Gardner Ale House gift certificates, baby t-shirts and more!
For more information, or to register for this event, please contact Community Relations at (978) 630-6248.
About Heywood Healthcare
Heywood Healthcare is an independent, community-owned healthcare system located in the North Central region of Massachusetts. It is comprised of Heywood Hospital, a non-profit, 134-bed acute-care hospital in Gardner, MA; Athol Hospital, a 25 bed not-for-profit, Critical Access Hospital in Athol, MA; Heywood Medical Group with primary care physicians and specialists located throughout the region; and four satellite facilities -Winchendon Health Center and Murdock School-based Health Center in Winchendon, West River Health Center in Orange and Heywood Rehabilitation Center in Gardner.
About Athol Hospital
A member of the Heywood Healthcare system, Athol Hospital is a 25-bed non-profit, acute care and outpatient facility serving the communities of the North Quabbin region of Massachusetts. It is designated as a Critical Access Hospital and Primary Stroke Center, licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and accredited by the Joint Commission.
About Heywood Hospital
Part of the Heywood Healthcare system, Heywood Hospital is a 134-bed acute care hospital in Gardner, MA, which provides a broad range of high quality medical, surgical, obstetrical, pediatric and behavioral health services on an inpatient and outpatient basis. The hospital’s Centers of Excellence include the Watkins Center for Emergency and Acute Care; the Center for Behavioral Health; the LaChance Maternity Center; the Diabetes Center; and the Heywood Heart Center, an affiliate of the Heart and Vascular Center of Excellence at UMass Memorial Health Care.