BATON ROUGE, LA. (NBC33) —
Ochsner Medical Center - Baton Rouge’s Family Birthing Center received the Golden GIFT Breastfeeding Award in recognition of its recent GIFT certification. The Louisiana Maternal and Child Health Coalition and the Louisiana Office of Public Health-Maternal and Child Health Program awards GIFT certification to those birthing centers which demonstrate a commitment to breastfeeding through hospital-wide policies that support, promote and protect breastfeeding as the preferred and normal method of infant feeding.
Ochsner Medical Center – Baton Rouge employs three International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC's) to assist new moms with breastfeeding before, during and after baby’s arrival. The hospital’s Family Birthing Center was also designed to allow babies to room in with moms throughout their hospital stay in order to make breastfeeding easier. “All of these efforts are in place to help our moms successfully breastfeed their new additions as soon as they are born,” says Jessica Evins, BSN, RN, IBCLC – Ochsner Lactation Consultant. “Our team of Certified Nurse Midwives and OB/GYN’s encourage their patients to breastfeed and we as lactation consultants do everything we can to help moms succeed.”
Pictured at Ochsner Medical Center- Baton Rouge’s recent GIFT certification award presentation are:
Jessica Evins, BSN, RN, IBCLC – Lactation Consultant, Ochsner Medical Center – Baton Rouge
Amanda Edwards, BSN, RN, IBCLC - Lactation Consultant, Ochsner Medical Center – Baton Rouge
Leslie H. Lewis, MPH, LDN, RD, CLC - Nutrition Consultant, LA Office of Public Health-Maternal and Child Health/Children Special Health Services
Cindy Briody, RNC-NIC - Director, Women's Services, Ochsner Medical Center –Baton Rouge/ Interim Director, OB/GYN Clinic
In 2010 Ochsner renovated the entire fourth floor of Ochsner Medical Center – Baton Rouge creating the Family Birthing Center. The unit features six labor and delivery rooms, two built-in birthing tubs, two cesarean rooms and nine NICU beds.