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ETMC Tyler deemed a mother-friendly workplace

East Texas Medical Center Tyler has joined a growing number of cutting-edge Texas businesses by becoming designated as a Mother-Friendly Worksite.

Created by the Texas legislature in 1995 and administered by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), this designation recognizes companies that allow new mothers returning to work a place and time for lactation.

“ETMC believes in the benefits of breast-feeding and has a lactation room for employees to pump breast milk,” said Lisa Burkhalter, RN, ETMC Family Birthplace clinical manager. “We have a private room on our Family Birthplace unit where the employee can pump or nurse with access to a sink and a refrigerator to store their milk. We also have accommodations for employees at our off-site locations in Tyler including behavioral health, the wound healing center and ETMC South Broadway.”

To become Mother-Friendly, ETMC developed a policy reflecting its support of breast-feeding and submitted an application to DSHS.

Originally posted July 23 2009