Forrest General makes donation to Mothers’ Lounge initiative being implemented in Hattiesburg
Forrest General donated a changing table to the Mothers’ Lounge now located at CE Roy Community Center in Hattiesburg. This will be the first city facility to designate a Mothers’ Lounge for use by nursing mothers and on-the-go moms in need of changing stations. The city unveiled the Mothers’ Lounge on Wednesday, May 2, during a press conference at the facility.
Establishing dedicated rooms for nursing mothers and more changing stations in city facilities is an initiative driven by the Mayoral Health Council at the direction of Barker.
The initiative began as a partnership between Forrest General and Southern Miss to provide nursing moms with a quiet, private place to care for their babies during football season. The first Mothers’ Lounge was established at Cook Union on the second floor in room 215. Knowing the need for more family-friendly spaces in Hattiesburg, Barker was inspired to spread the initiative city-wide.
“As a healthcare professional and a mom, it means so much for our city to embrace nursing moms and families in this way. We want women to see breastfeeding as a truly viable option for them rather than viewing it as a hassle, and I believe the Mothers’ Lounge initiative will help with that goal,” said Millie Swan, Forrest Health vice president.
Forrest General has already made great strides for women and children in the Pine Belt by becoming the first Baby-Friendly Hospital in the state and the first hospital in the state to be named a Blue Distinction® Center+ of Excellence for Maternity Care by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Mississippi. Both of these prestigious awards follow strict, evidence-based criteria for their requirements ensuring mothers and babies only the highest quality care at facilities with these designations.
CAPTION: Members of the Mayoral Health Council and Forrest General staff join Toby Barker, mayor, and Millie Swan, Forrest Health vice president, for the opening of the Mothers’ Lounge located inside of the CE Roy Community Center.