Congratulations to Gift designated hospitals, Ocshner Medical Center Kenner and Ocshner Medical Center West Bank which recently received the prestigious Baby-Friendly designation!
Jennifer Melton, BSN, RNC, IBCLC, Director of Women’s Services at Ocshner Kenner shared, “Patients report feeling better prepared for delivery and breastfeeding.” “We have also seen improvements in our exclusive breastfeeding rates for both healthy newborns and those admitted to the NICU.”
Joan Rooney, MSN, RN, IBCLC-Assistant Vice President of Women’s Services of Ocshner West Bank stated, “With the comprehensive education for patients beginning in the prenatal period, combined with staff and physician training, we knew we could implement and be consistent with all of the practices which then resulted in improved patient outcomes.”
Ochsner Kenner has approximately 1,100 births/year and a level II NICU. Ochsner West Bank has approximately 1,200 births/year and includes a level III NICU. Click HERE to access an article about these hospitals, featured on the Centers for Health Equity, Education, & Research website.
Louisiana has 15 hospitals designated as Baby-Friendly and is one of 12 states where greater than 40% of live births occur in a Baby-Friendly facility! Click HERE for a complete list of Baby-Friendly and Gift designated hospitals.Back to News