Birth Ready+ Designation

March 16, 2022

from Louisiana Department of Health

BATON ROUGE, La. -- Recently named one the World’s Best Hospitals by Newsweek for gynecology and maternity care, Woman’s has also received a Birth Ready+ designation from the Louisiana Department of Health for its efforts in promoting safe, equitable, and dignified birth for all birthing persons in Louisiana -- one of only eight facilities in the state to earn this distinction.

The Birth Ready Designation is a system that reinforces and ensures birthing facilities are implementing best practices to improve maternal health and outcomes from pregnancy through childhood. To achieve designation, facilities met criteria in five dimensions, including implementation of policies and procedures, promoting patient partnership, and addressing health disparities and equity. The eight hospitals that have achieved Birth Ready+ Designation have met a higher threshold of compliance and achievement of the requirements.

“Here at Woman’s we are passionate about giving our moms and babies the safest and highest quality care, while also delivering an exceptional experience,” said Amye Reeves, director of obstetrical services at Woman’s Hospital. “This designation tells patients that when they deliver at Woman’s, they have access to a highly trained care team that will support them through every step of the way and meet their individual health needs.”

Through its work with the Louisiana Perinatal Quality Collaborative, Woman’s has adopted safety bundles to reduce the risks of hemorrhage and hypertension. They have also formed work groups to address several of the main drivers for prematurity – including hypertension, drug use, and incompetent cervix – and implemented evidence-based strategies to effect change in these areas.

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