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I recently spent 3 days in Omaha Nebraska doing a 3 day Train the Trainer Program for the Lactation Consultant leaders in the hospitals.  It was designed to improve the breastfeeding support in their hospitals and move towards Baby Friendly Hospital status.  This was a group of exceptionally well prepared IBCLCs whose passion for the success of breastfeeding for the mothers and babies was evident.  

The evening after our second day, tornadoes moved through Omaha, with torrential rain, flooding and baseball sized hail causing widespread damage in parts of the city and surrounding areas.  None the less, everyone was present for class the next morning.  It didn’t matter that for one student all of her windows were broken by the hail.  Now that is commitment!

Each of the students in the Train the Trainer class taught two of the modules comprising the 15 hour Baby Friendly Hospital training.  In addition, they each taught an aspect of the skills fair preparing  to lead the 5 hours of hands on clinical experience.

Bravo for the Lactation Consultants in Omaha and the breastfeeding mothers and babies in the Omaha hospitals!

Vergie Hughes has a long history of experience in Maternal Child Health including labor and delivery, post-partum and pediatrics, and for the past 25 years she has been involved in lactation management. Ms. Hughes has a BSN from Pacific Lutheran University and a MS from Georgetown University. She has been a board certified lactation consultant since 1985. At Georgetown University Hospital, she was the director of the Human Milk Bank. She created and developed the National Capitol Lactation Center and the one week Lactation Consultant Training Program. This course has trained more than 4,000 Lactation Consultants since its inception in 1990.

She has been a private practice lactation consultant and business owner, and operated her own lactation center, Washington’s Families First. Lactation Education Resources On-Line is her website, offering training to professionals and information to parents as well. Ms. Hughes has served on the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners and has served on the IBLCE exam writing committee. Her first love is teaching and that is exemplified by the creativity of the courses she has developed. A series of courses “The In-patient Breastfeeding Specialist,” "The Out-patient Breastfeeding Specialist” and “The NICU Breastfeeding Specialist” are all designed to advance the lactation management skills of nurses at the bedside. She regularly teaches skills to labor and delivery nurses and just recently developed the course “Towards Exclusive Breastfeeding.”

Ms. Hughes is the program director and content manager for all of the on-line Lactation Education Resources courses. Ms. Hughes was recently honored with a “lifetime achievement award” as Fellow of the International Lactation Consultant Association (FILCA).


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