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”

Donor Human Milk in Louisiana

When a newborn baby does not have access to a parent’s breastmilk, pasteurized donor human milk is the next best option according to major medical organizations, including the World Health Organization (WHO). Although some nutrients are lost in the pasteurization process, donor milk is still more beneficial than formula.  To support the use of donor … Continue reading “Donor Human Milk in Louisiana”

Postpartum Hemorrhage Management – North Caddo Medical Center’s QI Approach

Evidence-based practices such as the Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health’s Patient Safety Bundles, focused on Obstetric Hemorrhage, are key to improving maternal health outcomes. As part of the LaPQC Safe Births Initiative, North Caddo Medical Center saw impressive results from their improvement work during a recent obstetric event. Malana Jester, Nurse Manager of Labor … Continue reading “Postpartum Hemorrhage Management – North Caddo Medical Center’s QI Approach”

The Gift’s Impact on Breastfeeding Rates

A recent article reported that delivering at a Gift designated birthing facility is beneficial for breastfeeding initiation regardless of race/ethnicity. However, racial breastfeeding disparities exist, even in Gift facilities. The Gift works with hospitals to increase awareness of systemic gaps that contribute to breastfeeding inequities by having open discussions about the issue, encouraging diversity in … Continue reading “The Gift’s Impact on Breastfeeding Rates”