Kim Rechner, a registered nurse at St. Clare Hospital in Lakewood, has received the 2009 Nancy Danoff, MD, Spirit of Service Award for her work in supporting rights of breastfeeding women in Washington.
She was honored in part because of her exhaustive efforts in support of state legislation that protects the civil rights of women who breastfeed their babies in public. The legislation unanimously passed the state House and Senate, and was signed into law by Gov. Christine Gregoire on April 6.
“It is due to Kim’s dedication and leadership that the new breastfeeding legislation passed,” said Dr. Danoff. “We are proud to recognize Kim for her many years of hard work and ultimately successful efforts.”
Rechner is a member of the South Sound Breastfeeding Network and serves as a legislative representative on the Breastfeeding Coalition of Washington’s steering committee.
“I am thrilled to have another opportunity to get the breastfeeding message out, now that women have the legal right to breastfeed in public,” Rechner said. “The legislation is important because women should not feel ashamed for trying to feed their babies exactly what nature intended.”
The Spirit of Service Award honors individuals whose dedication and leadership significantly contribute to promoting breastfeeding as a vital part of the healthy development of children. Rechner received the award at a special ceremony May 6 in Lynnwood, Wash.
Founded in 1995, the Breastfeeding Coalition of Washington is a statewide coalition comprised of 22 local coalitions working together to promote, protect and support breastfeeding. The organization is online at www.breastfeedingwa.org.
St. Clare Hospital, a 106-bed facility, is part of the Franciscan Health System that has a mission to work toward the creation of healthier communities.