Culpeper Medical Center serving up new mom friendly support program over coffee

Dr. Alta DeRoo

Novant Health UVA Health System Culpeper Medical Center is no stranger to being first in the state when it comes to bringing innovative services and programs for new moms and their babies in our community. As the first designated Baby Friendly hospital in the State of Virginia, the health system embarked on another first in the region by establishing Baby Café – a free resource for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers to get support from International Board Certified Lactation Consultants.

Baby Café is part of the international Baby Café USA program established in 2011 that offers a national network of free breastfeeding drop-ins, combining breastfeeding information with a relaxed, informal environment where moms can chat and learn about breastfeeding from skilled practitioners and each other.

The Culpeper Medical Center sponsored Baby Café is hosted at Deja Brew Café located at 22 Main St. in Warrenton. Sessions are held in a private area at Deja Brew every other Wednesday from 10 a.m. to noon. Free snacks and drinks are provided for program participants. No registration is needed and children are welcome.

“This program supports our goal to provide comprehensive care and education for women in our community, from adolescent Girlology classes to a premier birthing experience and continued education and care that supports every stage of life,” said Dr. Alta DeRoo, chair, OB/GYN, Culpeper Medical Center. “We are committed to providing a nurturing environment that includes remarkable care and education to promote healthy babies and moms in our facility and in our community.”

Culpeper Medical Center was the first in the state to earn Baby Friendly designation by Baby Friendly USA which is a collaboration between the World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).  This global program recognizes hospitals that give mothers the information, confidence, and skills necessary to successfully initiate and continue breastfeeding their babies, or to safely feed with formula.

The Culpeper Medical Center Family Birth Center was also recently recognized by the March of Dimes and Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association for giving more babies a healthy start in life by reducing the number of elective early deliveries to zero percent.

Join fellow moms us at Deja Brew Café every other Wednesday for breastfeeding support. For more information visit nhuva.org/babycafe.