The certification is awarded to employers that work hard to ensure families receive the support and education they need before, during and after pregnancy. There are three levels of certification: Bronze, Silver & Gold. Certification is based on a self-assessment completed with I am a Healthy Start Employer staff.
To receive the silver-level certification, Inspire to Rise met requirements around breastfeeding; information and resources; policies; and child care.
Inspire to Rise is invested in community health and a healthy workforce through their support and education offered to expecting and new moms and dads. They believe in supporting nursing mothers and have launched a successful lactation environment — they have a written policy, refer for lactation support, offer flexible schedules and breaks and have a private lactation room with a lounging chair, small table and electrical outlet for breast pump. Inspire to Rise also offers many on-site classes through a partnership with Fatherhood PRIDE and the Azalea Project.