Comprehensive Obstetric and Women's Services
Acadiana's First Baby-Friendly Designated Facility since 2015
The birth of your baby is one of the most moving and personal moments you'll ever experience. At Opelousas General Health System Labor and Delivery, we're proud to be a part of so many of these special memories. Each year, more parents in our community choose us to deliver their babies. They - and you - are in good hands.
What to Expect
Having a baby can be an overwhelming experience, and you're probably wondering what to expect when you're expecting. Deciding where to have your baby is an important part of that process. We'd like to invite you to take a personalized tour of our facility so we can answer your questions. You can also see what to expect from Labor and Delivery at Opelousas General, including:
- Spacious Labor and Delivery suites
- A C-section room on the floor in case an emergency procedure is needed
We also recommend you pre-register before your big day by contacting admissions at (337) 948-3011. When you are in labor, please go to the third floor, "Women's Center" entrance, and go to the nurses' station. Here, you'll go through an initial evaluation with our triage nurse in an observation room and if you are in active labor, you will be admitted.
Our medical staff has over 200 years of combined experience and our nursing staff has over 250 years of combined experience so you can be confident when choosing Opelousas General. Your labor and delivery nurses will work closely with your physician to ensure your specific birthing plan needs are met and that you are comfortable throughout your stay with us.
Warm, Comforting Environment
Our Labor and Delivery Center offers a warm, nurturing, healing environment for your baby's birth and your recovery. We have nine spacious Labor, Delivery, Recovery and Post-Partum (LDRP) suites as well as a pullout couch for dad to room in. Each room features handsome wood rockers, state-of-the-art birthing beds and contemporary headwalls that conceal necessary monitoring equipment. All healthy newborns and mothers room-in together 24 hours a day. Our Intermediate Nursery is available if needed if complications arise in the health of mom or baby.
Pre-natal & Nana's Time Classes
Opelousas General offers a variety of prenatal classes to prepare new and experienced moms and dads (and family members) for the new addition, including:
- Diabetes education
- CPR training (infant through adult)
- Nutrition instruction
- Tours of our state-of-the-art OB Unit
- Breastfeeding education
- Newborn care
- Labor and delivery processes
Nana's Time is a fun, informative conversation just for moms & grandmothers-to-be, led by a veteran grandmother, talking about how infant care & hospital practices have changed over the years.
Opelousas General Health System has earned the Baby-Friendly® Hospital
designation in February, 2015
The Baby-Friendly® Hospital Initiative (BFHI) is a global program sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) to encourage and recognize hospitals and birthing centers that offer an optimal level of care for infant feeding and mother-baby bonding. The BFHI assists hospitals in giving mothers the information, confidence, and skills needed to successfully initiate and continue breastfeeding their babies or feeding formula safely, and gives special recognition to hospitals that have done so. Opelousas Genreral Health Sytem is the first hospital in Acadiana to earn this designation and one of only three in the entire state of Louisiana. The Baby-Friendly Designation involves the following:
Step 1 - Infant Feeding Policy
We have an infant feeding policy that all staff in Maternal/Child Services follows. Our pledge is to protect, promote and support breastfeeding and respect the decision of each mother.
Step 2 - Staff Education
Our staff caring for you before, during and after birth of your baby has special education in breastfeeding. This education is based on the latest research and experience
Step 3 - Talk About Breastfeeding
We inform all pregnant women about the benefits and management of breastfeeding so that you can make a good decision for you and your baby.
Step 4 - Start Breastfeeding
We help each mother get breastfeeding off to a good start by skin-to-skin contact between mother and baby right after birth. Skin-to-skin contact helps mothers and babies start breastfeeding.
Step 5 - Learn to Breastfeed
We show mothers how to breastfeed and how to maintain lactation, even if they are separated from their infants.
Step 6 - Feed Breastmilk
Only Unless medically indicated, we do not supply any food or drink for infants. Your baby needs only your breastmilk. This is the normal way to feed your baby and maintain your milk supply.
Step 7 - Room In with Your Baby
To help you care for your baby, we encourage you to keep your baby with you at all times (day and night).
Step 8 - Feed on Demand
Having your baby with you at all times helps you learn baby's hunger signs or "feeding cues". Breastfeeding your baby for as long and as often as your baby needs, helps you produce a good milk supply and gives your baby comfort.
Step 9 - Give No Pacifiers
Bottles with Nipples Pacifiers and bottles with Nipples are not used in the early weeks of breastfeeding because they may cause problems with breastfeeding and your milk supply.
Step 10 - Community Support
Before you leave the hospital, we will make sure you know about and have the phone numbers for any breastfeeding support programs and groups - including our own lactation department.
Breastfeeding not only provides your baby with important vitamins and nutrients, it also serves as a wonderful opportunity for you to bond with your baby. We encourage a "Golden Hour" initiative, which emphasizes skin-to-skin contact with both mom and dad in the hour immediately following delivery. At Opelousas General, we're strong believers in breastfeeding. That's why we were chosen as one of four hospitals in the state of Louisiana and 90 nationwide to participate in a national initiative to promote breastfeeding, the National Initiative for Children's Healthcare Quality's (NICHQ) Best Fed Beginnings Collaborative.
Our Lactation Consultant provides both prenatal and postpartum breastfeeding education, support and assistance. We also offer a breastfeeding warm line phone resource for answering questions once you've left the hospital. The warm line is available to ALL patients both prenatal & postpartal. The number is (337) 594-3804.
The Women's Health Center at Opelousas General Health System is the most comprehensive, state-of-the-art facility between New Orleans and Houston dedicated to women's health, ranking among the leading hospitals its size in Louisiana.
Recognizing the busy lifestyle of today's modern women, the Center is designed for their total needs and comfort. We offer both outpatient and inpatient gynecologic procedures. Our professional team is dedicated to providing each patient with extraordinary care. Because caring for adult women's health demands a multidisciplinary approach, gynecologists work with several different medical and paramedical specialists to offer you the most comprehensive care available.