Breastfeeding Awareness Celebrated in Bennington

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BENNINGTON, Vt. — Local family-focused nonprofits, governmental groups and businesses are coming together to raise awareness and community support for breastfeeding during the Bennington County Breastfeeding Celebration Week 2019.

The week consists of two events: The Global Big Latch On and a Breastfeeding Celebration Luncheon. This is the sixth year Bennington organizations have presented breastfeeding awareness events.

The Global Big Latch on is a worldwide event. Participants can register online or in person starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, at the Bennington Farmers Market on Depot Street in Bennington. The Global Latch On, where communities from around the world nurse their infants and young children simultaneously, will take place at 10:30 a.m. Visit for more information. After the Big Latch On, Megan Cross Photography will offer complimentary nursing portraits on a first-come, first-served basis. Attendees can also join a group walk to local breastfeeding-friendly businesses and collect stamps toward entry for prizes.

A Breastfeeding Celebration Luncheon is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 7, at 504 Main St. in Bennington. Attendees will enjoy lunch and be able to browse vendor booths. In addition, door prizes will be drawn.

Supporters include Catamount Connections, Circle of Life Midwifery & Holistic Health, Green Mountain Birth Connections, Megan Cross Photography, Mountain Mama Midwifery, RiseVT of Bennington County, Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC), Vermont Department of Health in Bennington and Vermont Motherhood Collaborative.

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SVMC Welcomes New Doctor to SVMC General Surgery

BENNINGTON, Vt. — Southwestern Vermont Medical Center has welcomes Surgeon Dr. Gina Melissa Diaz to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Putnam Medical Group and SVMC General Surgery.

Dr. Diaz received her medical degree from Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Honduras Facultad de Ciencias Medicas, Honduras. She completed her residency in general surgery at Virginia Tech's Carilion Clinic. She is a member of the American College of Surgeons, the American Medical Association and the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons.

Dr. Diaz joins doctors Simon Drew, Graham Moore and Charles Salem. Through a team-based approach, they provide minimally invasive surgery using the latest evidence-based protocols.

SVMC General Surgery is located in suite 205 of the Medical Office Building at 140 Hospital Drive in Bennington. For more information or to make an appointment, call 802-447-5060.


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