Granite Falls Hospital now has a Certified Lactation Consultant!

March 13, 2015 by Deena
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Debbie Eakes, Childbirth Educator at Granite Falls Hospital, has passed her Certified Lactation Consultant (CLC) course and exam. Her services are going to offered to all breastfeeding mothers who deliver at the Granite Falls Hospital. If you have questions, please call 320-564-3111 and ask for the nurses’ station. The nursing staff can assist with questions regarding breastfeeding and get you touch with Debbie if needed.

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Debbie Eakes


More information about Debbie:

I’d like to introduce myself as one of the new Childbirth Educators with Granite Falls Municipal Hospital. I am experienced both personally and professionally with childbirth; I am a mother of seven, ranging in age from 9 to 33, and also a grandmother to four.

In various locations where our family has lived I have become involved with pregnancy programs. In Monterey, CA, it was with the local high school pregnancy and childcare programs. In San Diego, Care House Life Ministries, placing women in crisis pregnancies into shepherding homes. While in the Hampton Roads, Virginia I volunteered as a coordinator, instructor, and doula for the prenatal, childbirth and parent education classes at a local pregnancy center for eight years. I also volunteered as a doula for Operation Special Delivery serving the spouses of deployed servicemen.

In 2006, my husband retired from the Navy and began medical school and I began midwifery school. I began apprenticing in August of 2008 and have trained with several midwives, participated in sixty births to date. Currently I am an assistant with Yellow Medicine Midwifery. I enjoy the opportunity to instruct new mothers in breastfeeding and consider it a privilege to help them walk through pregnancy and birth into motherhood. I have continued my education by attending four midwifery conferences, one with the focus on surviving sexual abuse. My future goals are to complete my midwifery education and support my husband in his family medicine practice. We have a heart to serve in rural communities and feel blessed to be in the Sacred Heart/Granite Falls communities.


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