News/Events

Gift Training
  • Hospitals that are enrolled with The Gift receive online and off-line training for hospital staff and providers. Download this executive summary to learn more about the Coffective Provider Education that is now available to enrolled hospitals.
  • To access The Gift Train-the-Trainer and Technical Assistance webinar recordings, enrolled hospitals can visit the “Resources for Enrolled Facilities” section of the website, by clicking here.

LA Medicaid and Breast Pumps

Breast pumps are now covered by Louisiana Medicaid. As of January 1, 2019, double electric breast pumps are covered without prior authorization for nursing mothers through the Durable Medical Equipment (DME) program. Providers, hospitals and community supporters working wtih postpartum mothers should be aware of this process so they can inform mothers and help them … Continue reading “LA Medicaid and Breast Pumps”

LA Hospitals Embrace QI Challenge

At the recent Gift Statewide Hospital Summit on May 3rd, Louisiana birth facilities were challenged to implement a small test of change to complement ongoing quality improvement (QI) activities.  A representative from each hospital shared what their team planned to “Test by Tuesday” using a Plan Do Study Act (PDSA) cycle. The most popular test … Continue reading “LA Hospitals Embrace QI Challenge”

North LA Hospital Uses QI to Increase Skin-to-skin Rates

Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport, an academic hospital, recognized the need to have an “all hands on deck” approach to increase rates of skin-to-skin contact between mother and baby, immediately after birth. As a result, the breastfeeding task force developed a special skin-to-skin task force to use a quality improvement approach to integrate this evidence-based practice. … Continue reading “North LA Hospital Uses QI to Increase Skin-to-skin Rates”

St. Tammany Parish Hospital is Baby-Friendly!

Congratulations to St. Tammany Parish Hospital which received Baby-Friendly designation in October 2018! Baby-Friendly USA recognizes facilities that provide an optimal level of care for infant feeding and bonding between mother and baby. St. Tammany Parish Hospital is a Level III NICU, located in Covington, Louisiana. They delivered 1875 live births in 2017. During the process of becoming … Continue reading “St. Tammany Parish Hospital is Baby-Friendly!”