Welcome to the Family Education/ Support
Department of Lee Memorial Health System
Birth is a natural part of life, but the experience sometimes can make new and expecting parents feel unprepared or overwhelmed.
The Family Education/Support Department of Lee Memorial Health System offers personalized and family-centered care to prepare parents for the birth of a child.
Mother-infant bonding is a vital part of the birth experience, and breastfeeding is strongly encouraged. Our board certified
lactation consultants and certified breast-feeding counselors
are available at three locations:
Cape Coral Hospital
Gulf Coast Medical Center
HealthPark Medical Center
Our Mom/Baby Boutique located at HealthPark Medical Center and
Cape Coral Hospital offers a wide selection of high
quality nursing bras, breast pumps (for sale and for rent), nursing pillows, and
other related breastfeeding supplies. Our qualified staff is always
available to answer your questions and concerns. To inquire about our products please call 239-343-5271.
Understand the birthing process, choices in obstetrics, birthing fundamentals, breathing, relaxation, Cesarean preparation, breastfeeding fundamentals, and mother/baby care.
Childbirth Preparation includes access to an on-line learning program plus a 3-hour Tour & Talk session, conducted by nurses nationally certified by the International Childbirth Education Association. Women and their support person will receive a tour of the birth facilities and will have the opportunity to ask questions and seek additional information about the birthing process.
The cost of the program is $60 per couple, and scholarships are available. To register or for more information, call 239-343-5271.
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- Child Preparation Class Schedule
Plan to give your baby the best possible start. Learn about breast-feeding fundamentals and common problems encountered in the first few weeks of breastfeeding. All classes are taught by board certified
For more information or to register, call 239-343-5271.
- Breastfeeding Class Schedule
Baby Care & Car Seat Safety:
This is a one-time class for expectant parents. The class assists parents in becoming more comfortable and confident in their parenting role following the birth of their baby. This class also teaches parents how to properly use and install child restraints.
For more information or to register, call 239-343-5101.
Pediatric CPR & First Aid:
This course teaches caregivers to respond and manage illnesses in a child or infant in the first few minutes until professional help arrives. The course covers infant/child CPR and first aid basics.
For more information or to register, call 239-343-5101.
Breastfeeding Support Group
Free breastfeeding support groups are offered at three hospitals and lead by a board-certified lactation consultant. Come network with other breastfeeding mothers. Babies are welcome.
||Cape Coral Hospital
||Gulf Coast Medical Center
||HealthPark Medical Center
For more information call 239-343-5271.
Lactation services are available to all new moms during their stay in one of our hospitals. Consultations are available by appointment and can be made by calling your hospitalís lactation office.
- Cape Coral Hospital - 239-424-2246
- Gulf Coast Medical Center - 239-343-0658
- HealthPark Medical Center - 239-343-5186
Once discharged from the hospital, consultations with a breastfeeding professional are available by appointment.
- Cape Coral Hospital 239-424-2246
- HealthPark Medical Center 239-343-5186
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) advocates breastfeeding as the optimal form of nutrition for infants. The AAP states that "human milk and breastfeeding of infants provide advantages with regard to general health, growth and development, while significantly decreasing risk for a large number of acute and chronic diseases."
Our certified breastfeeding counselors and board-certified lactation consultants assist mothers to become more comfortable with feeding their infants. New moms are encouraged to ask about how to:
- Know your baby is getting enough milk
- Determine that breastfeeding is going well
- Return to work and continue breastfeeding
Recognizing that breastfeeding is normal, desirable and achievable, our lactation consultants provide education, help and support for nursing mothers throughout Lee and surrounding counties. Our certified breastfeeding counselors provide 24 hour support to breastfeeding mothers at the bedside. Our consultants make rounds and offer assistance to breastfeeding moms who have additional concerns. The staff works closely with you and your physician to assure a team approach to your care.
All of our lactation consultants are board certified by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE). The IBLCE examination is the leading, internationally recognized measure of competence in lactation consulting. There are more than 12,000 IBLCE certified lactation consultants in the country.
Lactation Services Include:
- Bedside, outpatient and telephone consultations
- Certified bra fitting and sales
- Breastfeeding supplies and breast pump sales and rental
- Prenatal breastfeeding classes
Assisting Breastfeeding Mothers:
Experienced, new, and soon-to-be moms can all benefit from our various programs. Our staff is ready to assist with:
- Difficult latch-on
- Perceived or actual low milk supply
- Sore nipples
- Breast engorgement
- Infant with slow weight gain
- Re-lactation or induced lactation
- Mothers returning to work
- Flat or inverted nipples
- Nursing twins, triplets, or more
- High risk mothers (mothers that have experienced breast surgery, breast trauma, hyper/hypothyroidism, polycystic ovary disease, gastric bypass or fertility treatment)
- Educational materials
During those times when a lactation consultant is unavailable, mothers can turn to our certified breastfeeding counselors for basic breastfeeding education and support.
Consultations and counseling: 239-343-5186
- One-on-one specialized consultations
- Inpatient consultations
- Telephone consultations
- Detailed and comprehensive prenatal counseling
Breastpumps Rental and Sale
Breastfeeding Supplies - information call 239-343-5271
- Breast Pumps - Rental and Sale
- Mini electric pumps
- Double electric pumps
- Medela Swing Breastpump
- Medela Pump In Style Breastpumps
- Pump parts
- Vehicle lighter adapter
- Breast shells
- Nursing bras
- Starter supplemental nutrition system
- Reference books and information
OFFICE HOURS: M - F, 8 to 3:45, no holidays
For lactation consultation call:
- Cape Coral Hospital: 239-424-2246
- HealthPark Medical Center: 239-343-5186
For breastpump rentals/sales and all retail call 239-343-5271