Hannibal Regional’s Chris Coons Women’s Care Center Recognized For Excellence


The International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners® (IBLCE®) and International Lactation Consultant Association® (ILCA®) have recognized Hannibal Regional’s Chris Coons Women’s Care Center for excellence in lactation care.

The Chris Coons Women’s Care Center has received the IBCLC Care Award in recognition for staffing professionals who hold the prestigious International Board Certified Lactation Consultant® certification (IBCLC®) and providing a lactation program for breastfeeding families.  In addition, the facility demonstrated that it has recently completed activities which help protect, promote, and support breastfeeding.

According to Decalie Brown, President of ILCA, “This recognition highlights the efforts being made by maternity facilities all across the world to help mothers get off to a good start with breastfeeding, and to support them in reaching their goals.  IBCLC is the leading internationally recognized lactation certification in the world, and IBCLC certificants are highly skilled in helping mothers with the questions and concerns which can arise. They are also an important part of the overall maternal and child health team by assuring that evidence-based policies and practices are in place that help mothers succeed with breastfeeding.”

“ I am very proud of our IBCLC certified lactation team Diane Bibb and Marla Wheelan for their dedication and continued support for all breastfeeding mothers in our region,” adds Linda Dinges, Chris Coons Women’s Care Center Director at Hannibal Regional.  “ We continue to embrace strong support for our breastfeeding mothers beginning at birth with Skin to Skin and Rooming In, then continuing after home discharge with the Honeysuckle Café, a networking opportunity for breastfeeding moms..  The 24 hour warm-line provides assistance for all mothers with breastfeeding at 573-406-2122 or the hospital at 572-248-5161.”

International Board Certified Lactation Consultants focus on preventive care, so they are available during pregnancy to assess the mother and provide information on how to successfully initiate breastfeeding. They continue that assistance after the baby is born by helping mothers overcome breastfeeding challenges, providing accurate information, and continuing to support them as their baby grows.

Pictured are:   Linda Dinges, MSN, RN, CCE, Chris Coons Women’s Care Center Director, Marla Wheelan, RNBC, IBCLC, Katelyn Chapuis, BSN, RNC-OB, Diane Bibb, NSN, RNC, IBCLC”.  These ladies are members of the community Breastfeeding Task Force which meets once a month for the past 10 years with physicians, several county health department members and WIC peer counselors to best meet the needs of the breastfeeding mothers in our region.”