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 is...Read More >
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...Read More >
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...Read More >
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....Read More >
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...Read More >
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...Read More >
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,...Read More >
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...Read More >
The Louisiana Healthy Homes and Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program Tool Kit was created for health care professionals as a reference guide for routine care of infants and children who may be at risk for lead exposure. This tool kit was developed by the Louisiana Healthy Homes and Childhood...Read More >
Each year hundreds of infants die across the country from what could be preventable deaths due to unsafe sleeping conditions. That’s something Southwest Louisiana is trying change. Our five parish region has one of the highest rates of sudden unexpected infant deaths in the country and with new training...Read More >
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