Louisiana’s primary breastfeeding designation given by
The Gift has been awarded to Lake Charles Memorial Hospital for Women. The Louisiana Department of Health – Office of Public Health –
Bureau of Family Health awards
The Gift designation statewide to Louisiana birthing facilities who improve hospital
practices and policies that are aligned with the evidence-based, internationally
Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding of the WHO/UNICEF Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative. Policy development,
education of staff, patient education and provision of discharge resources
for breastfeeding mothers are key components of the program.
“We are thrilled to join the family of top-tier maternity facilities
in the state in receiving
The Gift designation,” said Janice Redlich, RN, Director of Nursing, Lake
Charles Memorial Hospital for Women. “This achievement demonstrates
our team’s commitment to offering quality, patient-centered care
and highlights improvements our hospital has made specifically to help
produce better outcomes for all mothers and infants, as well as assure
that we are fully supporting mothers who chose to breastfeed.”
The Gift is an evidence-based designation program for Louisiana birthing facilities
designed to increase breastfeeding rates and hospital success by improving
the quality of maternity services and enhancing patient-centered care.
The Gift designation gives
Memorial for Women a better opportunity to achieve further certifications and accreditations,
as well as meet national and international quality measures and standards of care.
“Our goal is to provide mothers and babies with the very best information
and tools at this crucial moment in their lives and we are able to do
so through valuable hospital partners like Memorial for Women,”
said Marci Brewer Asling, State Breastfeeding Program Manager, Bureau
of Family Health.
“The Gift program encourages continued progress toward the pursuit of the international
designation, Baby-Friendly, a global initiative to promote hospitals and
birthing centers that offer optimal care in lactation services.”