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Vidant Women’s Care—Tarboro receives award for excellence in breastfeeding

April 10, 2018 posted by Erica Mizelle

TARBORO, N.C. – Vidant Women’s Care—Tarboro recently received the Mother-Baby Award for Outpatient Healthcare Clinics from the North Carolina Breastfeeding Coalition (NCBC).

“We’re committed to the health and well-being of eastern North Carolina, and that extends to our smallest patients, their mothers and families,” said Dan Drake, senior vice president of operations for Vidant Medical Group. “We’re proud to receive this recognition, as it underscores the high level of importance we place on providing the very best care, from our clinics to our patients’ homes.”

Awardees represent the best the state has to offer in terms of support for the breastfeeding family. 

“It’s paramount we do whatever we can to ensure the health and well-being of our families,” said Gregory Stark, M.D., a pediatrician at Vidant Multispecialty Clinic—Tarboro. “The more support we can provide to moms the better off we all are in the long run.”

Vidant Women’s Care—Tarboro joins a growing number of recipients committed to evidence-based, high-quality breastfeeding support. 

“It’s important the care we provide is in keeping with best practice and based on the best available research, said Elaine Clark, manager for labor and delivery at Vidant Edgecombe Hospital. “Our moms and their babies depend on us for care.  It is so important for clinics to give moms this knowledge of Baby Friendly before coming to the hospital.” 

In order to earn this achievement, practices must complete advanced education in lactation support; provide quality patient education to ensure that mothers achieve their infant feeding goals; and ensure their patients have access to breastfeeding support in the community.

The North Carolina Breastfeeding Coalition proudly launched the “Mother-Baby Award” for outpatient healthcare clinics in 2014.

About the North Carolina Breastfeeding Coalition

The North Carolina Breastfeeding Coalition (NCBC) partners with the US Breastfeeding Committee. The NCBC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization bringing together health care providers, agencies, organizations, individuals, families, and all other breastfeeding advocates to support, protect and promote breastfeeding in the state of North Carolina. Founded in 2005, NCBC provides a framework for the development and execution of programs to advance breastfeeding support throughout NC. In addition NCBC is a forum for creation and exchange of resources for breastfeeding professionals and families. NCBC’s vision is to ensure that exclusive and continued breastfeeding is the norm in North Carolina. For more information about the North Carolina Breastfeeding Coalition visit

About Vidant Health

Vidant Health is a mission-driven, 1,512 -bed health system that annually serves more than 1.4 million people in 29 eastern North Carolina counties. The not-for-profit system is made up of 12,000 employees, eight hospitals, home health, hospice, wellness centers, and Vidant Medical Group, a multi-specialty physician and provider group with more than 420 providers in more than 80 practice sites in eastern North Carolina. Vidant is affiliated with The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University. As a major resource for health services and education, Vidant has a mission to improve the health and well-being of eastern North Carolina. For more information, visit

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