Victoria Power, MSN , CNM, IBCLC, of Pardee Center for Women's Health, recently received a certificate of competency in lactation consultation from the International Board of Lactation Consultation Examiners (IBLCE). Power is now in a select group of professionals who are both nationally certified in nurse-midwifery and internationally certified in lactation.
An International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) is a health care professional who specializes in the clinical management of breastfeeding. To receive this certification, Power provided at least 1,000 hours of lactation support services, completed 90 hours of lactation-specific continuing education and passed a rigorous examination.
Breastfeeding support for new families was spotlighted in 2011 by the Surgeon General of the United States, Dr. Regina Benjamin. The Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding challenges the entire nation to work toward removing obstacles that can make it difficult for women to achieve their breastfeeding goals, and serves as a model roadmap for governments across the world to robustly address similar challenges.
"As a certified nurse midwife and lactation consultant, my goal is to support the Surgeon General's call to action and to do my part to ensure that the women of Western North Carolina have the care and support they need during pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum," said Power. Victoria Power serves as a certified nurse midwife at the Pardee Center for Women's Health providing gynecological, prenatal, delivery, postpartum and lactation care. To Schedule an appointment with Victoria Power, call (828) 698-7181.
The IBLCE is a non-profit organization established to develop and administer the certification examination for lactation consultants. The IBLCE examination is the premier, internationally recognized measure of competence in lactation consulting. Founded in 1985, the IBLCE has administered annual examinations, in multiple languages and at numerous sites around the world. IBLCE is fully accredited by the U.S. National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), the body which sets stringent standards for certifying organizations.