National Breastfeeding Month

August is National Breastfeeding Month and the theme is “Every Step of the Way” which focuses on the importance of supporting families along the infant feeding journey with coordinated referrals and transitions.  Recently released data from the CDC National Immunization Survey (NIS) indicates that Louisiana breastfeeding initiation rates among infants born in 2018 increased by 9.3% … Continue reading “National Breastfeeding Month”

Survey Results: Impact of COVID-19 during Pregnancy & Postpartum Periods

In 2020, the CDC Louisiana Pregnancy Risk Assessment System (LaPRAMS) survey began to include COVID-19 supplemental questions to learn about the impact of the pandemic during pregnancy and postpartum periods. The data revealed that during their pregnancy, 11.9% of respondents tested positive for COVID-19, and 13.70% had someone in their household who tested positive. A … Continue reading “Survey Results: Impact of COVID-19 during Pregnancy & Postpartum Periods”

Maternal and Neonatal Morbidity and Mortality & COVID

At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, a team of researchers began to work on closing the knowledge gap related to the association of COVID-19 and subsequent outcomes in pregnant birthing persons, in comparison to non-infected pregnant individuals. The INTERCOVID Multinational Cohort Study, published by JAMA Pediatrics in April 2021, revealed that pregnant birthing persons who were positive for … Continue reading “Maternal and Neonatal Morbidity and Mortality & COVID”

Moving the Needle: Improving Maternal Outcomes in Louisiana 

In August 2018, the LaPQC launched the Reducing Maternal Morbidity Initiative (RMMI), also known as the Safe Births Initiative. It sought to address preventable maternal mortality and morbidity related to hemorrhage and hypertension, while also focusing on reducing racial disparities in these maternal outcomes. Specifically, the RMMI sought to 1) reduce Severe Maternal Morbidity (SMM) by … Continue reading “Moving the Needle: Improving Maternal Outcomes in Louisiana “

Recent Gift Designations

Congratulations to Abbeville General Hospital, which was awarded The Gift Shining Star initial designation and Jennings American Legion Hospital, which was awarded The Gift initial designation. Abbeville General Hospital is located 60 miles southwest of Baton Rouge and delivers approximately 200 babies per year. Lydia Bobo, RNC-OB, Labor & Delivery/Nursery Manager shared some insights, “Historically, new … Continue reading “Recent Gift Designations”