Lactation expert on island

Jacqueline Smith recently passed the annual Board Certification examination offered by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners and is listed with the National Registries as a Registered Lactation Consultant. An IBCLC or Registered Board Lactation Consultant is identified as a member of the health care team possessing specialized skills and knowledge in lactation management and is qualified to provide skilled technical breastfeeding assistance to mothers and babies experiencing breastfeeding problems, states a press release.

Ms Smith was Cayman’s first Physical Therapist and she established the Physical Therapy department at the George Town Hospital in 1975. She went into private practice in 1980, and owned the Island’s first private physical therapy business, Cayman Nautilus Fitness and Physical Therapy Centre. She is the country’s first Certified Doula with the prestigious Doulas of North America, CD(DONA) and is also the first Lamaze certified Childbirth Educator, LCCE.

She owns and operates RVC Rehab Services, a complete rehabilitation and fitness centre, and Nurturing Birth Experience…before during and after, where she maintains her private/hospital based practice and assists many mother-baby pairs a year.

Ms Smith decided to obtain the IBCLC credential because she has become increasingly recognized on the island for her expertise in providing breastfeeding assistance, and took on the challenge of providing a professional credential to her clients. ‘Being certified by the three gold standard organizations in the world, DONA, LAMAZE and IBLCE gives me great confidence in my dealings with families. I now have the evidence-based information to help my clients make informed decisions about anything to do with birth, baby care and breastfeeding. I just love anything to do with babies and the birthing of a family!’

IBLCEs include nurses, physicians, dieticians, educators, midwives, social workers, lay breastfeeding counsellors and physical and occupational therapists. IBCLCs are ideally skilled to help provide quality breastfeeding care, develop and implement protocols, improve lactation knowledge and skills of other staff and assist their facilities in becoming accredited under the UNICEF Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative.

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