WCH is the first hospital in Southwest Louisiana to receive this designation
Lake Charles, La. (April 1, 2011) – Women & Children’s Hospital (WCH) has been designated by the Louisiana Maternal and Child Health Coalition as one of only nineteen GIFT certified facilities in Louisiana and the only hospital within Region 5 (Calcasieu, Allen, Beauregard, Cameron and Jeff Davis parishes) to be a certified Guided Infant Feeding Techniques (GIFT) hospital for protecting, promoting and supporting breastfeeding.
The GIFT designation is a certification program for Louisiana birthing facilities based on the best practice model to increase breastfeeding initiation, duration and support. Earning the GIFT certification requires a hospital to demonstrate that it meets the “Ten Steps to a Healthy, Breastfed Baby” and the criteria for educating new parents and hospital staff on the techniques and importance of breastfeeding.
“I am extremely proud of the work and time spent by our certified lactation consultants, Regina Ledet, RN, BSN, IBCLC and Celeste Walsh, RN, BSN, IBCLC, in order for our hospital to achieve this outstanding certification,” said Felicia Adams, RN, MSN, chief nursing officer at WCH. “Expectant mothers can be comforted to know that there is a hospital in the area that is dedicated to helping them breastfeed and can provide them with the skills they need to be successful at it. Breastfeeding is one of the most important things a mother can provide her baby and this designation makes it clear that our staff is fully committed,” added Adams.
WCH offers the following programs and services to promote breastfeeding and assist new mothers and their babies:
- Monthly prenatal breastfeeding instruction classes
- Employs two full-time, board-certified lactation consultants certified by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE) to assist new mothers and their newborns during their post-partum hospital stay
- Offers free post-discharge phone consults and outpatient consults by appointment.
For more information about WCH’s breastfeeding classes, labor and delivery services or to register for any prenatal class, call 337-475-4700.