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State Health Department and March of Dimes Louisiana Announce 40-Week Pledge

March, 13, 2015

The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH), the Louisiana March of Dimes and a group of Louisiana hospitals announced a new, voluntary 40-Week Initiative today. The Go the Full 40 Initiative is a voluntary pledge by hospitals to end non-medically indicated induced pregnancies, which helps reduce c-section rates and ensures newborns reach 40 weeks gestation.  Early elective...

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Be Alert for Measles in Louisiana

February, 04, 2015

Measles (Rubeola) is a highly contagious febrile rash illness caused by a paramyxovirus transmitted via the respiratory route.  The incubation period averages 10-12 days, and 14 days from exposure to rash onset (range 7-18 days).  The prodrome generally lasts 2-4 days and is characterized by fever, increasing in stepwise fashion and often peaking at 103°-105°F.  Fever is followed...

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Opelousas General Health System is “Baby-Friendly”

January, 28, 2015

On January 28, Opelousas General Health System (OGHS) became the third hospital in Louisiana to achieve the prestigious Baby-Friendly hospital designation by Baby-Friendly, USA, joining Ochsner Medical Center-Baton Rouge and Terrebonne General Medical Center.  The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative is a global program of the World Health Organization and UNICEF. This designation...

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Text4baby Launches a New App!

November, 05, 2014

We are excited to announce that Text4baby has launched an app!The Text4baby app makes it even easier for mothers to get critical health and safety information to keep them and their babies healthy. As a complementary tool to Text4baby text messages, the free app offers additional content and interactive features that enhance the overall Text4baby experience.Using the app, moms can...

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Breastfeeding and Safe to Sleep Campaign Update

October, 28, 2014

October is SIDS, Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. In May 2014, the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), part of the National Institutes of Health, hosted a meeting with key stakeholders from the breastfeeding community and the Safe to Sleep® campaign to determine the best strategies to promote safe infant sleep and breastfeeding...

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Terrebonne General Medical Center is “Baby-Friendly”

August, 22, 2014

August is National Breastfeeding Month and Louisiana has had a lot to celebrate. On August 21, Terrebonne General Medical Center (TGMC) learned that it was joining Ochsner Medical Center-Baton Rouge (OMC-BR) as one of the only two hospitals in Louisiana to achieve the prestigious Baby-Friendly hospital designation by Baby-Friendly, USA. The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative is a global...

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Ochsner Baton Rouge is “Baby-Friendly”

August, 01, 2014

The Bureau of Family Health (BFH) applauds Ochsner Medical Center-Baton Rouge (OMC-BR) for becoming the first hospital in Louisiana to achieve the prestigious Baby-Friendly hospital designation by Baby-Friendly, USA. OMC-BR has worked with BFH on increasing breastfeeding rates since it became Gift designated in 2011.The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative is a global program of the World...

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Vaccines: remind parents to keep children up to date

July, 14, 2014

The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals reminds parents that ensuring children have received their necessary vaccinations is not only important, it's the law.  Children in Daycare, Head Start programs, pre-K, and all schools need to be up-to-date with their age-appropriate immunizations.  Parents should contact their child's doctor to have children vaccinated.Children who are...

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Well-Ahead Louisiana Designates First WellSpots

June, 03, 2014

In April, the Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) along with Gov. Bobby Jindal launched the Well-Ahead Louisiana initiative, which encourages healthy behavior and designates organizations as WellSpots.  WellSpots are the healthy places around the state that voluntarily champion and embrace health and wellness.  WellSpots can be employers, schools, health care providers,...

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Text4Baby: Become a Partner

May, 01, 2014

To help more pregnant women and new moms get information about caring for their health and giving their babies the best possible start in life, the National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition launched text4baby. Text4Baby supports moms by providing accurate, text-length health information and resources in a format that is personal and timely, using a channel she knows and uses. Become an...

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