Category: Public Librarians Symposium

110 - Transforming Library Space: Promoting Healthy Babies with a Nursing Mother’s Room

Tuesday, May 22
2:00 PM – 2:55 PM

Objectives: The library’s institution currently has two nursing mother’s rooms in the hospital, neither is conveniently located for students and non-clinical employees. In an effort to support the institution’s recently achieved “Baby-Friendly” status and the active promotion of breastfeeding among new mothers, the library seeks to provide space for nursing in a private, unused room within the library.


Methods:
The CDC’s “Healthy People 2020” breastfeeding objective is for 81.9% of infants to be breastfed for any length of time, or “ever breastfed.” Working with the Nursing Mother’s Room Task Force and following guidelines set by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, an unused room in the library will be repurposed into a place suitable for new mothers to pump breast milk. The room will remain locked for safety and privacy (as determined by the lactation specialist nurse), so the key will be checked out to each user at the library’s circulation desk. Since usage of the room will be tracked, first-time users will receive a short survey. The survey will include questions about satisfaction with the nursing room, and success will be measured by overall user satisfaction and frequency of use.


Results:
An unused room within the library was remodeled to accommodate two women pumping breast milk. After collaborating with numerous departments within the institution (a large academic medical center), the six-week construction project began late fall of 2017. The room features a sink, refrigerator, computers, counter with counter-height electrical outlets, privacy wall, new flooring, paint, adjustable chairs, and artwork. Room usage policies were developed and posted in the room and on the library’s website. Marketing efforts included: a feature article in the institution’s online bi-weekly publication, screensaver notifications on in-network computers, advertisements on the library’s BrightSign, and communications with student and staff leaders. In the first three months since opening, nine breastfeeding mothers have used the room with a total of 153 room checkouts. Survey responses and comments were overwhelmingly positive. 100% of respondents replied that the location of the room is convenient and they would use room again.


Conclusions:
Rowland Medical Library supports breastfeeding mothers by providing a convenient, functional, and attractive space to pump breast milk. Moving forward, Rowland Medical Library will continue to market the nursing mother’s room, monitor and refine room policies, and investigate utilizing the new LMS system to schedule and indicate room privacy preferences.

Keywords:
library space, nursing mothers, breastfeeding, outreach



Sarah C. Adcock

Instruction & Research Librarian
Rowland Medical Library
Jackson, Mississippi

Sarah Adcock, Assistant Professor of Academic Information Services, serves as Instruction and Research Librarian at Rowland Medical Library at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. In her position, she serves as a liaison with the School of Medicine and School of Pharmacy. Her previous roles at UMMC include reference and lending services. She also has experience in school and community college libraries. She received a Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Southern Mississippi. Mrs. Adcock is a member of the Southern Chapter of the Medical Library Association.

Elizabeth G. Hinton

Instruction & Research Librarian
Rowland Medical Library
Jackson, Mississippi

Elizabeth G. Hinton, MSIS, AHIP, is Assistant Professor at the University of Mississippi Medical Center’s Rowland Medical Library and Scientist-Educator in the School of Nursing. After receiving her Master of Science in Information Science from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, she completed a postgraduate internship at the University of Tennessee Medical Center. In her current position, she is library liaison to the School of Medicine (M2 year) and to the School of Nursing, where she serves as a faculty mentor to several Doctor of Nursing Practice students. Ms. Hinton is active in both the Medical Library Association and the Southern Chapter of the Medical Library Association, is currently serving in leadership positions with both organizations, and is a member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals. Her professional interests include systematic literature reviews, library and educational assessment, and interprofessional education.

Susan B. Clark

Director, Rowland Medical Library
University of Mississippi Medical Center
Jackson, Mississippi

Susan Clark, Associate Professor, serves as Director of the Rowland Medical Library and Chair of Academic Information Services at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. She oversees the integration of information seeking and life-long learning skills into the curriculum of all six schools housed at UMMC. She is particularly invested in positioning the library as an active partner in the educational, research, and clinical missions. Her previous roles at UMMC include head of reference and instruction. She received the Master of Librarianship degree from Emory University.

Ms. Clark is active in Southern Chapter/MLA, having served on committees and boards and also represents the library when called upon for NN/LM/SEA committees and activities. She holds memberships in various library associations statewide, regionally and nationally. Through her career in librarianship, she has worked in academic, school, special, and medical libraries.

Chameka C. Robinson

Head, Access Services
Rowland Medical Library
Jackson, Mississippi

Chameka Robinson, Associate Professor, serves as Head, Access Services with the Rowland Medical Library at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. She is responsible for the management of the Interlibrary Loan and Circulation departments. Prior to her current position, she served as Outreach Librarian with Rowland. Robinson received the MLIS and the EdD from the University of Southern Mississippi.
She is a member of numerous national, regional and state library associations.