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Orange Regional Medical Center Supports World Breastfeeding Week

July 10, 2015

Rowley Family Birthing Center Participates in The Big Latch On

Middletown, NY – In support of World Breastfeeding Week, Orange Regional Medical Center’s Rowley Family Birthing Center invites nursing moms to join in The Big Latch On to be held on July 31, 2015 in conference room 1 at Orange Regional located at 707 East Main Street in Middletown. Participants must register by calling 1-888-321-6762 or online at www.ormc.org/communityoutreach. Check in begins at 10:00 a.m. and The Big Latch On begins promptly at 10:30 a.m.

In addition, Orange Regional’s Rowley Family Birthing Center will offer its prenatal breastfeeding class free of charge on August 13, 2015 and on August 18, 2015. Participation is limited and registration is required by calling 1-888-321-6762 or by visiting www.ormc.org/communityoutreach.

World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) is celebrated every year, August 1 through August 7, in more than 120 countries to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies around the world. This year, the WBW theme is “Breastfeeding and Work: Let’s Make it Work!” The 2015 WBW campaign focuses on working women and breastfeeding. The goal is to empower and support ALL working women, to adequately combine work with child-rearing and breastfeeding, in particular.


“Orange Regional has always been dedicated to providing new moms with breastfeeding education and support. We have a robust lactation program and we are proud to continually promote the benefits of breastfeeding,” said Nursing Administrator of Women & Children’s Services Theresa Fay Conte.  “Additionally, Orange Regional supports our employees who are also nursing moms by providing a lactation room which provides privacy and comfort to pump frequently throughout the work day, as well as education and information that they may need.”

“Breastfeeding and pumping has come a long way in 12 years since my first child.  Upon my return to work at Orange Regional, after recently giving birth, I was equipped a pump that was provided by our insurance company and given the access code to the lactation room.  The lactation room also has a pump, a hospital grade pump, a comfortable chair, privacy screen, literature, a sink, and even a bowl of candy. There’s a communication board with Manager of Lactation Services, Debbie Vermilyea’s contact information and news,” said Jessica Gerlach, Manager of Clinical Trials & Community Outreach at Orange Regional Medical Center. “I used the pump in the room for a couple of reasons, it was faster and more efficient and it saved me from packing my pump every day.  More importantly, having Debbie in house is a wonderful benefit. She is kind, resourceful and really helped throughout the entire process.  We are incredibly lucky to have not only the lactation room and Debbie, but the support from the organization as well.  It is typically difficult for mothers to juggle breastfeeding and work, Orange Regional has truly made my experience easy, successful and dare I say enjoyable.”

For more information on the Rowley Family Birthing Center, visit www.ormc.org/maternity.

For more information about World Breastfeeding Week, visit www.worldbreastfeedingweek.org.

For more information about the Big Latch On, visit

For more information about a mother’s breastfeeding rights, visit www.nysbreastfeeding.org/laws-and-legislation.

Orange Regional Medical Center is a member of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System.

About the Rowley Family Birthing Center

The entire sixth floor of Orange Regional’s state-of-the-art facility is dedicated to the Rowley Family Birthing Center, where moms deliver in a nurturing, safe and comfortable environment while having the privacy they need during this special time. Level 2 Neonatal Intensive Care provides advanced and specialized newborn care.

To ensure the needs of mother and baby are met in complete comfort and privacy, the birthing center includes a high-tech security system, 12 private labor/delivery and recovery rooms, 23 private post-partum rooms, private triage rooms and 2 operating rooms for caesarean delivery. Each room has a bathroom with a soothing shower, 300-thread count linens, scenic views, HDTV, an individual thermostat and sleeper sofa for your birthing partner. Carpeted hallways help create a quiet and more peaceful environment for rest and recovery. Room service is also available.

International Board-certified Lactation Consultants are available to provide both inpatient and outpatient support services to breastfeeding mothers. Prenatal breastfeeding classes and the option to rent hospital-grade, electric breast pumps, are available. For general information regarding breastfeeding or pump rentals at Orange Regional Medical Center, please contact the Orange Regional Medical Center Lactation Department at 333-6274.

The Center’s experienced and caring nurses attend to patient’s emotional and physical needs and work to fully support each birthing plan. Nurses work with care providers and guide families through the experience from preparations for birth through delivery and post-partum care.

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