For Medical Professionals

The care and information provided by doctors and staff in the critical early hours following an infant’s birth impact a family’s attitudes and the mother’s ability to nurse.

Chris Clark offers education for medical professionals in their support role to families and assists hospitals in fulfilling the Baby-Friendly Certification in accordance with the World Health Organization and its American arm, Baby-Friendly USA.

Instruction is based on the current needs of your facility. Choose from the topics below delivered in Grand Rounds, short classes, skills fairs, multi-day seminars, or consultation. Customized options are also available.

Mother-infant Separation with late pre-term and pre-term infants

A three hour class that looks at the neuroscience of mother-infant separation and offers solutions to minimize adverse affects.

Helping Doctors talk to mothers about breastfeeding

Communication skills training to help mothers begin their breastfeeding journey.

Breast Feeding: Baby-Friendly Basics

This 3 hour class fulfills the DONA requirement for doula certification and is Part 1 of the Baby Friendly Training. Participants get professional training in implementing the best breastfeeding practices for the immediate postpartum period.

Breast Feeding: Baby Friendly Advanced Skills

In this four hour class, often taught in tandem with Breastfeeding Basics, participants are prepared to help women more extensively with breastfeeding challenges.  This class is Part 2 of the Baby Friendly Training.

Baby Friendly Staff Education

The Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative is a global effort for improving the role of maternity services to enable mothers to breastfeed babies for the best start in life. Baby Friendly USA (BFUSA) is the accrediting body and national authority for the United States

Skills Development Breastfeeding Competencies

This three hour class covers three of the competency areas – hand expressing; observing, assessing, and assisting a breastfeeding; and communication.

Baby Friendly Audit Requirements

This review process helps hospitals prepare for and begin planning to become Baby Friendly.

Training, Consultation, and Coordination

These two and three day intensives assist hospitals in addressing competencies and preparing for audits.

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Chris has a wealth of clinical experience in the field of breastfeeding medicine and lactation support with a strong foundation in evidence-based medicine. She is well-versed in the Ten Steps of the Baby Friendly certification process and has actively participated in their successful implementation in hospitals with a wide variety of patient population mixes and cultures. Chris has a thorough, practical approach and a very calm, professional demeanor which allows her to work seamlessly with existing health care teams.

Teresa F Kovarik, MD

Medical Director of HealthPartners Lactation Services and Regions Hospital Newborn Services; Fellow in the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine; Coordinator for the Minnesota State Chapter of Breastfeeding; Pediatrician at HealthPartners Como clinic