Pictured: Donna Jagger
As a women's health nurse for over 25 years working in Labor and Delivery, teaching childbirth classes and helping Moms learn how to breastfeed their babies, I am sure that the office of a National Nurse would be a fantastic way to promote health education with our present and next generation!
As a Lactation Consultant, I know we have lots of work to do to influence our culture and see that breastfeeding should be
the normal behavior for mothers and babies. When we support the breastfeeding dyad we not only help to reduce the risk of middle ear and respiratory infections, allergies, childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes, but we also lessen the risks for mom to develop breast cancer, ovarian cancer, uterine cancer and osteoporosis.
But most significant is that we reduce health care costs and create a healthier society! The miracles of childbirth and the natural system of infant nutrition (AKA breastfeeding) should be well explored with health care providers on a regular basis, as part of our educational and health care system.
An adoption of the National Nurse Act would certainly afford nurses like myself to engage in the education of preventive health practices for all Americans! The vast knowledge of the nursing profession, can offer a world of good to every American, strengthening the core of America, the family.
Donna Jagger , RNC IBCLC CCE
Community Medical Center
The National Nursing Network Organization Team—Friday, July 28, 2006