ECABS Annual Awards 2018

Coming up in just over a week, we will be holding our annual ECABS National Breastfeeding Month Awards Night. Please come out to Sacred Heart Hospital Auditorium, Thursday, August 16th, at 6:00pm for our Award Reception. Two women have been chosen this year for the Frankie Mims Spirit of Service Awards for their support of breastfeeding in our area for many years.

Joan Kirby has been a breastfeeding advocate in our community for many years. She worked in Baptist Hospital nursery in the early 70s and at Sacred Heart in the old women’s hospital as well as in the current hospital for several time periods in the 70s and 80s returning for the last time in 1987 and worked in postpartum, nursery, and lactation along with teaching childbirth classes until she retired in 2013. Joan was instrumental in forming the first lactation and childbirth education program at Sacred Heart. She has assisted families over those many years by teaching classes, forming, leading a breastfeeding support group, and helping moms with breastfeeding as an IBCLC. Joan is known for her kindness and patience when it comes to supporting families. Many people know her in the community and love her for what she has given of herself.

Our second awardee is unable to attend this year and has chosen to have her plaque presented at next year’s ceremony.

The Frankie Mims Spirit of Service Award recognizes and honors individuals, like Frankie Mims, whose dedication, volunteerism, commitment, and leadership significantly contribute to promoting, protecting and supporting breastfeeding as a vital part of the health and development of children and families.

The award recipients recognize breastfeeding as an important health issue, and work with others to support the rights of women and children. All types of breastfeeding advocates, including lay persons, lactation consultants, nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, and physicians are eligible for this award.


We purchase our award plaques from Accolade Designs.

ECABS National Breastfeeding Month Award Night 2017

Our 2017 Breastfeeding Award Night had to be postponed till September, so we didn’t get to celebrate during National Breastfeeding Month.  We had the Award Night at Baptist Hospital on September 21, 2017. We were able to honor an awardee for her support and advocacy for breastfeeding in our area. Jayne Voyles, RN, BSN, LCCE, FACCE, IBCLC Lactation Consultant at Baptist Hospital in Pensacola, FL is the recipient of the Frankie Mims Spirit of Service Award. For over 35 years, Jayne has tirelessly advocated for breastfeeding moms and babies with physicians, nurses and administrators, even when it was not the most accepted or popular stance. Even when not working in Lactation for employment, she has assisted numerous new mothers in many ways and is well known in all three hospitals and this community as a champion for breastfeeding! When you think of Jayne Voyles, that is what defines her. Many friends, colleagues, and former patients came to celebrate this award, which has been long overdue. Learn more about Jayne on our Spirit of Service page.

  • Much thanks to Accolade Designs where we purchase our award plaques

 

ECABS National Breastfeeding Month Awards Night 2016

Tonight we were able to honor two awardees for their support and advocacy for breastfeeding in our area. Dr. Jason Straub, Pediatrician at Pensacola Pediatrics in Pensacola, is the 2016 recipient of the Physician Leadership Award and Judi Deavenport RNC, BSN, Labor & Delivery Nurse at Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola, FL is the recipient of the Frankie Mims Spirit of Service AwardDr. Straub has been an advocate for breastfeeding with his patients throughout his residency and has sought to maintain frequent monitoring of baby weights through Lactation visits after discharge. He currently serves as the Medical Director for ECABS. Judi Deavenport has worked at each of the three main hospitals in Pensacola over the past 25 years. She has been an early advocate for skin-to-skin and baby-friendly practices throughout her career. She has recently become the grandmother of adorable twins who are exclusively breastfed. She says this event has required the culmination of all she has learned regarding advocating for mothers and babies.
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Dr. Jason Straub and Judi Deavenport

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Judi with colleagues from all three local hospitals

ECABS National Breastfeeding Month Awards Night

The Emerald Coast Alliance for Breastfeeding Support will again celebrate World Breastfeeding Week and National Breastfeeding Month this month with a special meeting to honor physicians and breastfeeding supporters who go above and beyond the norm in their support, protection and promotion of breastfeeding. We will be honoring Amy Foland, MD, FAAP, the 2015 recipient of the Physician Leadership Award and Christy Beitel, RN, BSN, IBCLC, the 2015 recipient of the Frankie Mims Spirit of Service Award.

Please make plans to attend the celebration this Thursday night, August 13th in the MOB meeting room at Sacred Heart Hospital at 6:30pm. The meeting room is south of the main entrance to SHH that faces Ninth Avenue. It is across the hall from the Lecture Hall. There is limited parking on the Ninth Avenue side of the hospital, as well as parking in the parking garage and surface lot on the north side, where you can enter through the Women’s and Children’s Hospital, or through the Nemours/Medical Office building.

To read more about the awards and recipients, please go here.

The Pensacola Interstate Fair is about to start! We need volunteers

We will again be sponsoring and managing a breastfeeding support booth at the Pensacola Interstate Fair on October 16th to 26th. ECABS will provide an area for moms to breastfeed in a clean, private area as well as provide a changing table, supplies, and water for moms. This will be our FIFTH year at the fair. We’ve learned a lot from these opportunities to serve our community, and we need your help. We are looking for volunteers to staff the booth during most of the times the fair is open: weekdays 4p.m.-9p.m. and weekends 11a.m.-9p.m.

What do we need right now?
People to volunteer to help. Anyone who wishes to go online and schedule to volunteer at the booth can do so, and we will keep an online calendar frequently updated with the results. The website for the calendar and online sign-up is:
https://emeraldcoastbreastfeeding.com/fair-calendar.html Look at the top or bottom of the page for the link to the sign-up form.

Nominations Still Open for August National Breastfeeding Month Awards

The Emerald Coast Alliance for Breastfeeding Support will again celebrate World Breastfeeding Week and National Breastfeeding Month in August with a special meeting to honor physicians and breastfeeding supporters who go above and beyond the norm in their support, protection and promotion of breastfeeding. We would like your help in this endeavor. Nominations for these awards can be made at our website: emeraldcoastbreastfeeding.com/wbwawards. This site provides an ongoing opportunity for nominations. Anyone may complete a nomination for a breastfeeding supporter who meets the criteria for either award: the Frankie Mims Spirit of Service Award and the Physician Leadership Award. The ECABS board will evaluate the nominees and select the final recipients of the awards. The awards will be made at the August National Breastfeeding Month Celebration. Nominations will be accepted year-round with this year’s deadline for nominations being July 15, 2014. Any suggestions you would like to give for our celebration would be greatly appreciated. Please make plans to attend the celebration, August 14th, 2014. Location and further information will be forthcoming.

The fair is coming! ECABS need volunteers for fair booth!

We will once again be sponsoring and managing a breastfeeding support booth at the Pensacola Interstate Fair on October 17th to 27th. ECABS will provide an area for moms to breastfeed in a clean, private area as well as provide a changing table, supplies, and water for moms. This will be our FOURTH year at the fair. We’ve learned a lot from these opportunities to serve our community, and we need your help. We are looking for volunteers to staff the booth during most of the times the fair is open: weekdays 4p.m.-9p.m. and weekends 11a.m.-9p.m.

What do we need right now?
People to volunteer to help. Anyone who wishes to go online and schedule to volunteer at the booth can do so, and we will keep an online calendar frequently updated with the results. The website for the calendar and online sign-up is:
https://emeraldcoastbreastfeeding.com/fair-calendar.html Look at the top or bottom of the page for the link to the sign-up form.

National Breastfeeding Month Celebration: Thursday August 15th.

ECABS is celebrating World Breastfeeding Week and National Breastfeeding Month this coming Thursday, August 15th at the Sacred Heart MOB Meeting Room (off the main lobby) in Pensacola.

The celebration will begin at 6:30p.m. with a welcome to all those present. We will be presenting the third annual ECABS Awards to highlight individuals in our community who have shown leadership and significant contribution to promoting, protecting, and supporting breastfeeding as a vital part of health and development of children and families.

Please join us in celebrating the work of our 2013 award recipients.

Dr. Joseph Peterson, Obstetrician and Assistant Professor at the FSU Residency Program in Pensacola, is the 2013 recipient of the Physician Leadership Award Christina Schaefer, CLC, is the recipient of the Frankie Mims Spirit of Service Award.

There were many wonderful nominations this year, and we look forward to recognizing others in the years to come. This exciting community event is open to the public and we want to encourage all breastfeeding supporters to attend.

Nominations for ECABS Awards Nears Deadline

The Emerald Coast Alliance for Breastfeeding Support will again celebrate World Breastfeeding Week and National Breastfeeding Month in August with a special meeting to honor physicians and breastfeeding supporters who go above and beyond the norm in their support, protection and promotion of breastfeeding. We would like your help in this endeavor.

Nominations for these awards can be made at our website: emeraldcoastbreastfeeding.com/wbwawards. This site provides an ongoing opportunity for nominations. Anyone may complete a nomination for a breastfeeding supporter who meets the criteria for either award: the Frankie Mims Spirit of Service Award and the Physician Leadership Award. The ECABS board will evaluate the nominees and select the final recipients of the awards. The awards will be made at the August National Breastfeeding Month Celebration. Nominations will be accepted year-round with this year’s deadline for nominations being July 16, 2013.

Any suggestions you would like to give for our celebration would be greatly appreciated. Please make plans to attend the celebration, August 15th, 2013 at Sacred Heart Hospital, Pensacola, FL. Further information will be forthcoming.

Survey for Breastfeeding Advocates Who are Not IBCLCs

We are researchers from the University of South Florida, College of Public
Health and we are looking for participants to take part in a brief (5
minute) online survey.

The purpose of this survey is to assess the need for a breastfeeding
education and clinical training program that would train students and
professionals to become International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs).

You are eligible to take this survey if you live/work/attend school in
Florida and do not already have the IBCLC credential.

We need students from all disciplines, nurses working with mothers and
infants, WIC nutritionists and peer counselors, community health workers who
work with mothers and infants, and any other individuals who work with or
are interested in working with mothers and babies.

Should you decide to complete this survey, you will have the opportunity
to enter a raffle for one of eight $25 Amazon.com gift cards. All
information you share will remain confidential.

Please forward this information to others who may be interested. Thank you
for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,

Aimee Eden, PhD, MPH
Erica Anstey, MA, CLC
Deidre Orriola, MPH
Aynmarie Carter, BS, CLC
Kay Perrin, PhD
Department of Community & Family Health
College of Public Health
University of South Florida