LaPQC Birth Ready Hospital Designation

In an effort to recognize participating Louisiana Perinatal Quality Collaborative (LaPQC) facilities and create a system of sustained evidence-based change, the LaPQC offers the Louisiana Birth Ready Designation. With two tiers of achievement – Louisiana Birth Ready and Louisiana Birth Ready+ – the Designation recognizes facilities’ consistent, thoughtful healthcare improvement work. Birth Ready Designation also celebrates improved perinatal health outcomes, the result of implementing clinical practices that promote safe, equitable, and dignified birth for all birthing persons in Louisiana.

Each Designation level includes five areas of requirement: participation in collaborative learning; health disparity and patient partnership; policies and procedures; structures and education; and outcome and process measures. Many of the hospitals awarded Designation have been working for years with the LaPQC, implementing evidence-based best practices that address common causes of maternal mortality and morbidity related to hemorrhage and hypertension, as well as practices that promote vaginal birth.

Facilities awarded Birth Ready Designation

As of 2023, the following Louisiana birthing hospitals have achieved Birth Ready Designation:

  • Baton Rouge General Hospital
  • Christus Ochsner Lake Area Hospital
  • Christus Shreveport-Bossier – Highland Medical Center
  • Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital
  • Iberia Medical Center
  • Lake Charles Memorial Hospital for Women
  • Lakeside Hospital LCMC Health
  • Minden Medical Center
  • Ochsner American Legion Hospital
  • Ochsner Lafayette General Medical Center
  • Ochsner LSU Health Monroe
  • Ochsner Medical Center Baton Rouge
  • Ochsner Medical Center Kenner
  • Ochsner Medical Center West Bank
  • Ochsner St. Anne Hospital
  • Rapides Women’s and Children’s Hospital
  • Slidell Memorial Hospital
  • St. Tammany Parish Health System
  • Terrebonne General Health System
  • Thibodaux Regional Health System
  • West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital
  • West Jefferson Medical Center LCMC Health

Facilities awarded Birth Ready+ Designation

As of 2023, the following Louisiana birthing hospitals have achieved Birth Ready+ Designation:

  • East Jefferson General Hospital LCMC Health
  • Lakeview Hospital LCMC Health
  • Lane Regional Medical Center
  • North Oaks Health System
  • Ochsner Baptist Medical Center
  • Ochsner LSU Health St. Mary Medical Center
  • Our Lady of Angels Hospital
  • Touro Infirmary LCMC Health
  • Woman’s Hospital

Learn more

Hospitals receiving Birth Ready Designation did not pay for this honor; rather, facilities went through a rigorous application and review process by the LaPQC to receive Designation. Facilities interested in joining the LaPQC to earn Birth Ready Designation can contact the  LaPQC team. Please email