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Thursday, December 05, 2013
ICYMI: New Orleans Advocate Highlights ‘Best Fed Beginnings’ Program in Louisiana Hospitals

The [Best Fed Beginnings] program’s major goal is to increase the number of breastfed babies.

The $6 million initiative began last year and will conclude in September 2014.

The 89 participating hospitals must complete the American Academy of Pediatrics-endorsed Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding program. By doing so, they will receive a “baby-friendly” designation from the World Health Organization and United Nations Children’s Fund.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012
March of Dimes Recognizes Louisiana’s Work to Improve Birth Outcomes with Leadership Award

Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals Secretary Bruce D. Greenstein received the March of Dimes President’s Prematurity Leadership Award on behalf of the state, for programs and policies health officials have implemented in the past two years to reduce the number of babies born too early.

Wednesday, April 04, 2012
DHH Launches Tracking System to Collect Pre-Term Birth Data Collection

For the first time, health care professionals will be able to use data on births that occur before the 39th week of pregnancy, thanks to enhancements a team of public health leaders developed for the Louisiana Electronic Event Registration System (LEERS).

Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Louisiana becomes first state to target elective births before 39 weeks; 20 hospitals sign on to 39-Week Initiative

Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals Secretary Bruce D. Greenstein today gathered with the Louisiana Hospital Association (LHA), the Louisiana State Medical Society (LSMS), the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and other Louisiana health care leaders at Woman’s Hospital to celebrate the 20 Louisiana hospitals that have demonstrated a commitment to healthier moms and babies through their participation in DHH’s 39-Week Initiative.