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 February 2022, the following Louisiana birthing hospitals have achieved Birth Ready Designation:

  • Christus Ochsner Lake Area Hospital
  • Christus Shreveport-Bossier
  • Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital
  • East Jefferson General Hospital
  • Iberia Medical Center
  • Jennings American Legion Hospital
  • Lake Charles Memorial Hospital for Women
  • Lakeview Regional Medical Center
  • Lane Regional Medical Center
  • Minden Medical Center
  • Ochsner LSU Health Monroe
  • Ochsner Medical Center Baton Rouge
  • Ochsner Medical Center Kenner
  • Ochsner Medical Center West Bank
  • Rapides Women’s and Children’s Hospital
  • St. Tammany Parish Health System
  • Terrebonne General Health System
  • West Jefferson Medical Center
  • Willis-Knighton South and the Center for Women’s Health

Facilities awarded Birth Ready+ Designation

As of February 2022, the following Louisiana birthing hospitals have achieved Birth Ready+ Designation:

  • Baton Rouge General
  • North Oaks Medical Center
  • Ochsner Baptist Medical Center
  • Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport St. Mary Medical Center
  • Our Lady of Angels Hospital
  • Touro Infirmary
  • Tulane Lakeside Hospital for Women and Children
  • 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