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MUSC Health Florence Women’s Pavilion Gains International Recognition With Care Award

July 26, 2023
Lela Gregg, MUSC Health Florence Women’s Pavilion Lactation Specialist.
Lela Gregg, MUSC Health Florence Women’s Pavilion Lactation Specialist.

The International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners® (IBLCE®) and International Lactation Consultant Association® (ILCA®) have recently recognized MUSC Health Florence Women’s Pavilion for excellence in lactation care.

MUSC Health Florence Women’s Pavilion has received the IBCLC Care Award in recognition of staffing professionals who hold the prestigious International Board Certified Lactation Consultant® (IBCLC®) certification and provide a lactation program for breastfeeding families. In addition, the facility demonstrated that it has recently completed activities that help protect, promote, and support breastfeeding.

The MUSC Health Florence Women’s Pavilion is one of only six facilities in South Carolina and the only one in the Pee Dee area to be named by the IBCLC.

“Giving excellent patient care is the driving force of what I do. It is my honor to be able to support families in their feeding journey with their new bundle of joy,” said Lela Gregg, MUSC Health Florence Women’s Pavilion Lactation Specialist.

IBCLCs focus on preventive care and make services available during pregnancy to assess and provide information on how to initiate breastfeeding successfully. They continue that assistance after the baby is born by helping families overcome breastfeeding challenges, providing accurate information, and supporting them as their baby grows. They assist families returning to work or school, help families in more unusual situations such as breastfeeding more than one baby or nursing a sick or premature infant, and help train nursing staff to manage basic breastfeeding care.

“Lela is very deserving of this prestigious recognition,” said Catherine Godwin, MSN, BSN, RN, MUSC Health Florence Director of Women’s Services. “Lactation is both her calling and her passion. Her dedication to patients and her craft surpasses our expectations”.

The MUSC Health Florence Women’s Pavilion has been named a 2022-2023 Best Hospital for Maternity Care by U.S. News & World Report and is also Baby-Friendly and Safe Sleep Certified. For more information about prenatal education programs, call (843) 674-5000, or visit


As allied health care professionals with the leading internationally recognized certification for professional lactation services, IBCLC professionals work in hospitals and birthing centers, clinics, public health agencies, private practice, community settings, government agencies, and in research. There are currently nearly 36,000 such professionals in 131 countries worldwide who are IBCLCs ( The IBCLC certification program is accredited by the NCCA, the accreditation arm of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence. NCCA accreditation represents a mark of quality for certification programs.

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