Donation Supports Lactation Training Program

A gift from Santa Barbarans Sandra Schoolfield and Jon Kechejian helped the county’s Welcome Every Baby program provide about a thousand newborns and their families with a personal visit from a trained lactation nurse bringing information and support for the baby, mother, and family. “Despite having one older child,” said one mother, “the nurse told us many new pieces of information about baby care, juggling siblings, and local resources.” The nurses visit families in Carpinteria, Santa Barbara, Goleta, the Santa Ynez Valley, and Lompoc three days after a child is born, and also a month later. The $18,000 gift enabled four nurses to get training and certification in the program, which has seen more than 10,000 families since the County Education Office began the program in 2008.

To submit a comment on this article, email or visit our Facebook page. To submit information to a reporter, email

Be succinct, constructive, and relevant to the story. Leaving a comment means you agree to our Discussion Guidelines. We like civilized discourse. We don't like spam, lying, profanity, harassment or personal attacks.

comments powered by Disqus
event calendar sponsored by:

Iron Chef Caused State Street Pedestrian Death

Famous Chef Larry Forgione charged with misdemeanor for driving into Gilbert Ramirez on February 24.

Lavagnino’s Sudden Victory

5th District supervisor a shoo-in as filing window closes; Gregg Hart also unopposed for 2nd District.

One Half of Old Town Streets to Get Sidewalks

Walkways planned for one side of Goleta neighborhood streets; parking, lighting talks at community meeting March 22.

After Disaster in Montecito, Where Is All the Money Going?

Santa Barbara nonprofits account for millions spent on relief efforts.

Santa Barbara Experiences a Rainy March, but a Dry Year

Water year only 34 percent of normal for precipitation.