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OGHS Women’s Health

Comprehensive Obstetric & Women’s Services

Opelousas General Health System provides comprehensive healthcare services throughout every stage of a woman’s life. These medical providers have extensive experience with health issues that frequently affect women. Whether you need gynecology services or help planning for pregnancy, you can find the care you need close to home at OGHS.

Our women’s health services include:

Comprehensive women’s imaging services are available through the Dr. Gerald E. Posner Center for Women’s Health. This state-of-the-art facility is equipped with the latest technology for breast cancer screening, ultrasound, bone density scanning, and more.

The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative

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 General Health System 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:

  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Learn to Breastfeed – 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.
  • Feed Breastmilk – Unless medically indicated, we do not supply any food or drink for infants. Your baby needs only your breastmilk.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.