COBA is seeking an Executive Director! Learn more about the position and how to apply by visiting the call for applications page. COBA will accept applications for this position through midnight (CST), March 1, 2020.
In The News
Oklahoma enters 2020 with 10 Baby-Friendly Hospitals!
Congratulations to the teams at Integris Canadian Valley Hospital & The Children’s Hospital at OU Medicine. These two facilities worked very hard for several years to achieve their Baby-Friendly Designations. OU Children’s is the largest birthing hospital in Oklahoma to become designated as Baby-Friendly by the national organization Baby-Friendly USA (BFUSA)! OU’s designation means that almost 32% of Oklahoma babies are born in a Baby-Friendly hospital - well above the national average of 28%. Additionally, OU’s teaching hospital status makes this designation significant because their new physicians will be trained in an environment of best practices for maternal/newborn care. To learn more about Baby-Friendly and see a full list of designated hospitals in Oklahoma, click here.
Congratulations to Hillcrest Medical Center, Oklahoma's 8th hospital designated Baby-Friendly, and Tulsa's 1st! The national average of babies born in a Baby-Friendly hospital is 25%. With the designation of Hillcrest Medical Center, the percentage of Oklahoma babies born in a Baby-Friendly hospital has risen to 20%. Hillcrest is a teaching hospital, which makes this designation significant because their new physicians will be trained in an environment of best practices for maternal/newborn care.
Harvard Business Review published an excellent summary on the why and how of supporting breastfeeding employees.
COBA and the United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC) have put together a Guide to the Rights of Breastfeeding Employees in Oklahoma that shows how federal and state laws affect Oklahoma working parents. Spread the word!
COBA's Strategic Plan Update
At its recent Strategic Planning session, the Board of Directors of the Coalition of Oklahoma Breastfeeding Advocates unanimously voted to adopt a new set of goals and tactics to align COBA’s focus and priorities with our mission and current capacity.
COBA will focus on building organizational capacity and on networking, education, promotion of public awareness, and advocacy for breastfeeding families across the state of Oklahoma. For more information, please download and review our 2019 Strategic Plan.
For direct breastfeeding support resources in Oklahoma City and statewide, please see our Breastfeeding Help menu.
Mark Your Calendar!
8th Annual Becoming Baby-Friendly in Oklahoma Summit
Friday, February 28, 2020
8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Samis Education Center, Rainbolt Auditorium
1200 Children’s Ave., Oklahoma City, OK
Cost: $25/per person
Click Here to Register
CNE Credits: 6.5 (pending) (can be converted into CERPs)
Summit page: https://obrc.ouhsc.edu/Events-Training/BBFOK-Summit
Upcoming Events for Advocates & Professionals
"Making Breastfeeding Easier" & "Breastfeeding Basics and Beyond" Training: Free one-day and two-day classes for health care providers held in Oklahoma City, provided by the Oklahoma Breastfeeding Resource Center (OBRC) with funding from the Oklahoma State Department of Health. Check the OBRC Training Page to register.
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