Release Date: 07/08/2015
the 2014 legislative session, the Rhode Island General Assembly became the
first in the country to pass a law authorizing the director of the Department
of Health to write the rules and regulations to license lactation consultants. That
was accomplished recently, and Michael W. Fink, MS, ICCE, IBCLC, of Memorial
Hospital, a Care New England hospital, became the first lactation consultant in
the country to be state licensed.
began her career as a lactation consultant with the Providence Community Health
Centers in the late 1980s, started making breastfeeding rounds on her class
participants and was certified as an International Board Certified Lactation
Consultant (IBCLC®) in 1991. She now directs the prenatal education program and
serves as a lactation consultant at memorial. She also still makes lactation
rounds on WIC participants at Women & infants Hospital, also part of the
Care New England health system.
Rhode Island law an important step in ensuring that new mothers have the
highest quality of care and guidance as they learn to breastfeed their babies, that
women have increased access to lactation consultants, and that insurance covers
the visits,” Fink says.
is one of the original members and a past chair of the Rhode Island
Breastfeeding Coalition. She served on the licensure committee that helped pass
the recent law in Rhode Island.
has been an ardent supporter of breastfeeding and a woman’s right to provide
breast milk to her child. This milestone she has achieved is admirable and
evidence of her dedication she and other lactation consultants show their
patients each day,” says Michael Pepi, MD, chief of obstetrics and gynecology
at Memorial Hospital.
more information about the prenatal classes Fink organizes at Memorial, call
(401) 729-2510 or go to http://www.mhri.org/birthing-center/.