Breast and Rest at Applefest Huge Success

Breast and Rest at Applefest Huge Success

Families with infants appreciate supportive and pleasant environment for breastfeeding

WARWICK – (Oct. 10) The breastfeeding tent initiative was spearheaded by Amy Fotino, RN, a maternity nurse at the St. Anthony Community Hospital  Kennedy Birthing Center.

The tent included privacy sides, rocking chairs, hand sani wipes, a diaper change area, water to rehydrate, a fan for ventilation and soft music. It was made visible with bright pink and neon blue balloons. Maternity nursing staff as well as members of the Warwick mom’s group were on hand to assist moms and encourage use of the tent. All moms with babies were encouraged to take advantage of the tent regardless of formula or breast feeding.

“We were very thankful for this unique service,” said Michael Johndrow, executive director of the Warwick Valley Chamber of Commerce, co-sponsor of Applefest. “This is another example of how our local hospital addresses the needs of our community by providing essential services.”

Other volunteers, including local students, circulated among the crowd at Applefest handing out flyers with the tent location to families with infants. Almost 100 visits to the tent were recorded during the day; it was considered a huge success.

“The St. Anthony Community Hospital Maternity Staff, in the support of breast feeding, wanted to provide a private, comfortable, clean area for breast feeding mothers and infants,” said Diane DeFreest, RN, Maternity Consultant and Nurse Manager of the hospital’s Kennedy Birthing Center. “Families were so appreciative of the service and they encouraged our return next year.”

About Bon Secours Charity Health System

Bon Secours Charity Health System comprises Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Suffern, New York, and two community hospitals, Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis,

New York, and St. Anthony Community Hospital in Warwick, New York. Bon Secours Charity Health System also includes a certified home health agency, two long-term care facilities, an assisted living/adult home facility, and several other off-site medical programs.

The Health System, which draws its name from its two Catholic sponsors—the Sisters of Bon Secours and the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth—serves nearly 1 million people. With more than 3,400 employees, the Health System is one of the region’s largest employers. For more information, visit

Bon Secours Charity Health System is a member of the Bon Secours Health System, a national Catholic system with a strong reputation and robust commitment to bringing compassion to healthcare and serving those in need.

About Bon Secours Health System

Bon Secours Health System, headquartered in Marriottsville, MD, a $3.5 billion not-for-profit Catholic health system, owns, manages or joint ventures 19 acute-care hospitals, one psychiatric hospital, five nursing care facilities, four assisted living facilities and 14 home care and hospice programs. Bon Secours’ more than 21,000 employees help people in six states: Maryland, Virginia, Florida, New York, South Carolina, and Kentucky.
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1.    From left, Tammy Schuler, Amy Fotino, RN, Emily Zaferiou, Andrea Roe and Ellen Reeber, LPN. Not available for the photo: Christine Schieffelin, Josephine Costanza, Jessica Poggioli, and Lori Greenberg, RN

2.    The “Breast and Rest” tent included privacy sides, rocking chairs, hand sani wipes, a diaper change area, water to rehydrate, a fan for ventilation and soft music.

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