Gift Designated Facilities

There are 42 Gift or Gift Shining Star and 16 Baby-Friendly* designated birthing facilities in Louisiana (October 2021)

The Gift program has two designation levels: The Gift and The Gift Shining Star.
The Gift Shining Star is the highest designation with more rigorous requirements.

The Gift Shining Star Designated Facilities:

Abbeville General Hospitaldesignated since 2021
*Ochsner Baton Rouge General Medical Center– designated since 2007
CHRISTUS St. Frances Cabrini Hospitaldesignated since May 2018
East Jefferson General Hospital– designated since 2007
*Lakeview Regional Medical Center– designated since 2011
Lane Regional Medical Center  – designated since 2018
*Minden Medical Center– designated since 2009
*Ochsner Baptist, A Campus of Ochsner Medical Centerdesignated since 2013
*Ochsner Medical Center-Baton Rouge – designated since 2011
*Ochsner St. Anne General Hospital – designated since 2015
Opelousas General Health System designated since 2015
Our Lady of the Angels Hospital  – designated since Oct 2017
*St. Tammany Health System– designated since 2009
*Terrebonne General Health System– designated since 2010
Willis Knighton Bossier Health Center– designated since 2010
Woman’s Hospital– designated since 2011

The Gift Designated Facilities:


Bayne-Jones Army Community Hospitaldesignated since 2015
Beauregard Health Systemdesignated since 2019
Byrd Regional Hospital – designated since October 2017
CHRISTUS Highland Medical Center – designated since 2009
CHRISTUS Ochsner Lake Area Hospital – designated since 2011
Jennings American Legion Hospitaldesignated since 2021
*Lafayette General Medical Centerdesignated since 2008
Lake Charles Memorial Hospital for Women – designated since Jan 2017
Morehouse General Hospitaldesignated since 2020
North Caddo Medical Centerdesignated since 2020
North Oaks Medical Center– designated since 2016
Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport St. Mary Medical Center – designated April 2017
*Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport – Monroe Medical Center – designated since July 2017
*Ochsner Medical Center-Kennerdesignated since April 2018
*Ochsner Medical Center-West Bankdesignated since 2007
Our Lady of Lourdes Women’s and Children’s Hospitaldesignated since 2009
Rapides Women’s and Children’s Hospitaldesignated since 2007
Slidell Memorial Hospitaldesignated since 2011
St. Francis Medical Center designated since 2009
Thibodaux Regional Health System- designated since 2016
*Touro Infirmary- designated since 2016
*Tulane Lakeside Hospital for Women and Children– designated since 2008
West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital- designated since 2016
West Jefferson Medical Centerdesignated since 2007
Willis Knighton South and the Center for Women’s Healthdesignated since 2010
Willis Knighton Pierremont Health Centerdesignated since 2010

The Gift Fact Sheet includes benefits to Gift designation and a list of current Gift designated facilities.

Don’t see your facility on the list? Learn more about applying.

Resources for Gift Designated facilities (password required)

The Gift Above and Beyond Award

The Gift Above and Beyond Award was created in 2010 to recognize a Gift Designated facility each year that demonstrates a high level of breastfeeding promotion and support and also shows significant improvement in breastfeeding rates over time.

The Gift Above and Beyond Award Recipients:
  • 2019 – Lane Regional Medical Center
  • 2018 – Ochsner Baptist Medical Center and Woman’s Hospital
  • 2017 – Baton Rouge General Medical Center
  • 2016 – Tulane Lakeside Hospital for Women and Children
  • 2015 – Opelousas General Health System and Minden Medical Center
  • 2014 – Terrebonne General Medical Center
  • 2013 – Tulane Lakeside Hospital for Women and Children
  • 2012 – Ochsner Medical Center – Baton Rouge
  • 2011 – East Jefferson General Hospital
  • 2010 – CHRISTUS Schumpert Health System

The Gift Making a Difference Award was created in 2016 to recognize a hospital, individual or community partner that embraces the spirit of The Gift by implementing or supporting evidence-based maternity care practices that increase breastfeeding rates.

The Gift Making a Difference Award Recipients:
  • 2021 – Sandra Adams
  • 2019 – Maquanda Roberson
  • 2018 – Amy Zapata
  • 2017 – Gregory J. Gelpi
  • 2016 – Our Lady of the Angels Hospital