The Gift’s Newest Shining Stars

So far, in 2020, 14 out of 40 Gift designated facilities also hold the prestigious The Gift Shining Star designation, the highest designation within The Gift program. Birthing facilities must apply for re-designation every two years and applications are reviewed quarterly. The most recent designation cycle occurred in June and the following hospitals received the … Continue reading “The Gift’s Newest Shining Stars”

Prenatal Education during “Sheltering in Place”

The COVID-19 pandemic presents new challenges for perinatal teams, including prenatal breastfeeding education. In-person clinic visits are limited and maternity care workers are having to find creative ways to connect with families. Patients may require different approaches to prenatal education. For example, one birth facility in Louisiana shared that they are piloting “introvert” and “extrovert” virtual classes. The introvert … Continue reading “Prenatal Education during “Sheltering in Place””

Discharge Education & Support

Ensuring mothers receive breastfeeding support, in the hospital and post discharge, are especially important during emergencies. If a patient has been diagnosed or is suspected to have COVID-19, the Universal COVID-19 Infant Feeding Checklist is a useful guide for the staff RN. The LaPQC Discharge Guide can help staff have a conversation with mothers and support persons … Continue reading “Discharge Education & Support”

Louisiana Mental Health Perinatal Partnership

Perinatal mental health problems impact 1 in 7 women and can affect any woman during pregnancy and the postpartum period. The Louisiana Mental Health Perinatal Partnership (LAMHPP) provides real-time psychiatric and resource consultations for licensed healthcare clinicians who serve pregnant and postpartum women and their families to help identify and address this health issue. The … Continue reading “Louisiana Mental Health Perinatal Partnership”