Our Lady of the Angels Hospital, located in Bogalusa, Louisiana, recently became the 8th birthing facility in the state to receive The Gift Shining Star designation. The hospital had extraordinary success in improving breastfeeding rates among patients.
In 2014, chart audits revealed that only 1 out of 54 (2%) patients exclusively breastfed. The hospital began working with The Gift program, which provides quality improvement coaching, educational materials for patients and staff as well as guidance for implementing a comprehensive strategy to improve breastfeeding rates. Labor & Delivery Nurse Manager, Patsy Welch said, “We already offered rooming-in as an option, with our nursery only being used for sick babies. We began implementing skin-to-skin on all vaginal deliveries in 2015 and on all C-sections in 2016, unless a medical condition prohibited it.” New moms were very receptive to receiving the breastfeeding education and experiencing skin-to-skin with their baby.
Five years later, Our Lady of the Angels’ Labor & Delivery unit has a 50-60% initiation rate and an average exclusive breastfeeding rate of 30%. This is a tremendous improvement from where the organization began in 2014.
During The Gift Shining Star designation ceremony, Our Lady of the Angels Hospital President, Rene Ragas, said, “I am extremely proud of the dynamic partnership between our Labor & Delivery team, our Women’s Clinic, our Pediatric Clinic, our Family Medicine Clinic and all of our Primary Care providers. Their leadership and innovation have helped to build a premier women’s and children’s program in which our community can trust. They have come together to significantly improve the outcomes of our new moms and babies.”
Congratulations to Our Lady of the Angels Hospital! Please visit The Gift website for a complete list of designated facilities.Back to News