In an effort to recognize participating Louisiana Perinatal Quality Collaborative (LaPQC) facilities and create a system of sustained evidence-based change, the LaPQC now 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 August 2021, the following Louisiana birthing hospitals have achieved Birth Ready Designation:
- Baton Rouge General
- Christus Ochsner Lake Area Hospital
- Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital
- East Jefferson General Hospital
- Jennings American Legion Hospital
- Lane Regional Medical Center
- Ochsner LSU Health Monroe
- Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport St. Mary Medical Center
- Ochsner Medical Center Kenner
- Willis-Knighton South and the Center for Women’s Health
- Woman’s Hospital
Facilities awarded Birth Ready+ Designation
As of August 2021, the following Louisiana birthing hospitals have achieved Birth Ready+ Designation:
- North Oaks Medical Center
- Ochsner Baptist Medical Center
- Ochsner Medical Center Baton Rouge
- Our Lady of the Angels Hospital
- Tulane Lakeside Hospital for Women and Children
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 Dr. Amy Ladley, PhD, State Perinatal Quality Program Manager.