New room for new mothers at Yokota
Yokota Air Base, Japan -- New mothers at Yokota now have a cozy, comfortable and private place to feed and take care of their newborns thanks to the efforts of the 374th Medical Group’s staff and Red Cross volunteers.
The new lactation room will serve any new mother to visit the hospital and members of the hospital staff; it is located on the second floor of the hospital in room 258, between the Multi-service Inpatient Unit and Same Day Surgery.
Several volunteers from the 374th Medical Group and Red Cross did the work to make the room possible and officially opened March 3, 2017.
According to Capt. Emlyn E. Mann, 374th Surgical Operations Squadron Multi-service Inpatient Unit clinical nurse, many items including a rocking chair and changing table were donated by the Red Cross. With suggestions from local families the medical staff was able to provide other desired items including one-of-a-kind pieces of art work.
“Creating this lactation room allows families the comfort and privacy needed to help meet their breastfeeding goals and provide optimal nutrition for their infant” said Selina Parker, Red Cross Hospital Co-Chair. “In the past, many working mothers had less than ideal places to pump milk for their baby, but now, we are hoping that mothers will be able to utilize the comfort and availability of this room.”
About 15 infants are delivered at Yokota each month and frequent follow-up appointments throughout the first year means many new mothers will benefit from the comfortable privacy of the new room.
“We hope this room offers the support new families need and encourage anyone with children to use it,” said Mann.