NMMC Gilmore-Amory’s Moore Named CHEER CHAMPion
AMORY, Miss.—Kimberly Moore, RN, director of the Women’s Center for North Mississippi Medical Center Gilmore-Amory, has been named CHEER CHAMPion of the Week. The honor is bestowed by the Center of Health Equity, Education and Research (CHEER) and Communities and Hospitals Advancing Maternity Practices (CHAMPS).
As director of the Women’s Center, Moore oversees labor and delivery, NICU, nursery and postpartum units. She joined the NMMC Gilmore-Amory staff in August 2003.
During the pandemic, NMMC Gilmore-Amory put many policies, such as visitor limitations, in place to help protect staff and patients. Moore says the visitation restriction “seems to have helped mothers the most” because “the mothers get rest and bond more with the newborn.” The hospital encourages new parents to practice skin-to-skin and rooming-in during their stay.
Moore says she loves watching mothers’ faces the first time they meet their baby. “I am motivated to prioritize Baby-Friendly when I see how the things we have in place, such as skin-to-skin, golden hour, and rooming-in, all help the mother to be comfortable and confident with her newborn at discharge.” She also enjoys watching a mother who reluctantly decided to try breastfeeding become confident and committed to breastfeeding. “Seeing how empowered they are in the decision at discharge really makes my heart smile,” she said.
Outside work, Moore is a mother to two very active children—Harrison and Susanna.