Abbeville General is proud to announce that our Labor & Delivery unit has achieved GIFT Shining Star designation. The Gift is an evidence-based program for Louisiana birthing facilities designed to increase breastfeeding rates and hospital success by improving the quality of their maternity services and enhancing patient-centered care.

“This honorable designation is a symbol of the hard work and commitment that go into each day, working diligently to make Abbeville General’s obstetrical unit the choice for the community’s mother and baby care. It has been a personal mission of each nurse to assure that the patients we serve understand the importance and benefits of breastfeeding” Lydia Bobo, RNC-OB, Labor & Delivery/Nursery Manager.

There are 42 GIFT or GIFT Shining Star and 17 Baby-Friendly designated birthing facilities in Louisiana (April 2020).  The GIFT program has two designation levels: The GIFT and the GIFT Shining Star. The GIFT Shining Star is the highest designation with more rigorous requirements. Abbeville General is one of 15 hospitals in Louisiana with this most prestigious distinction.

To see the entire list of hospitals with this designation, CLICK HERE.