March 11, 2005

Contact: Jennifer Riordan 272-0261 office, 220-0702 cell; Bridgid Isworth 463-6044

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The University of New Mexico Hospital (UNMH) is proud to announce the opening of the Lactation Assistance and Education Services Program, the newest service available to new mothers and their babies.

The Lactation program provides mothers with lactation-related services before and after their baby is born. Program staff helps mothers with weight checks for their babies and assists in easing the breast feeding difficulties that many moms experience.

According to Unit Director Cynde Tagg, the program was opened on a "wing and a prayer." Through a donation of $3,000 from the UNMH Service League, and various other donations, the clinic is proving to be a success. Other donations included a nursing chair from the College of Nursing, UNM Maintenance staff who donated time and materials to construct a weigh station, and various unit directors who are donating four hours a week of their staff time to run the clinic.

Although patients have been utilizing the services at the center since early January, the official opening of the Lactation Center will take place this Friday, March 11, from 9:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m. at a Ribbon Cutting ceremony.

The Lactation Assistance and Education Services Program is located on the 4th floor of UNMH Learning Center (ACC). Patients can schedule appointments by calling 272-2340.

The development of the Lactation Assistance and Education Services program demonstrates the UNM Hospital's dedication to providing premier care to the New Mexico community.

The University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center is the largest academic health complex in the state. The HSC combines its four mission areas - education, research, patient care and partnership - to provide New Mexicans with the highest level of health care.


Contact: Jennifer Riordan, 272-3322