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East Jefferson General Hospital is nationally recognized by Baby Friendly USA for promoting evidence-based maternity care practices facilitating maternal-infant bonding and breastfeeding. EJGH provides mothers and their babies with support by skilled nurses for practices such as early skin to skin contact, rooming-in, cue-based feedings, breastfeeding, and others.

Early skin-to-skin contact

Skin-to-skin contact promotes maternal-infant bonding, an important foundation for future relationships. At EJGH, skin-to-skin contact and care begins immediately after birth (or as early as mother and baby are ready), lasting for the first hour (or longer), including the first breastfeeding. This contact allows mother and baby to share touch, hearing, smell, taste, and warmth. Skin-to skin contact calms an infant, for increased feelings of safety and lowered stress hormones. Benefits of skin-to-skin care continue beyond the first day, throughout the early weeks.

Practicing skin-to-skin may also help your baby:

  • Remain calm and cry less
  • Regulate body temperature more easily
  • Maintain normal heart rates, respiratory rates, blood pressures and blood sugar levels
  • Achieve a better, more effective latch
  • Breastfeed exclusively and breastfeed longer
  • Indicate when he is ready to feed

Dads can also provide benefits to baby through skin-to-skin contact. Babies know the sound of his voice which will help him to feel calm, safe and loved.

Rooming-in on a 24-hour basis

Rooming-in allows mothers and infants to remain together 24 hours a day—a practice known to provide physical, and psychological benefits for mother and child. Skilled nursing staff is available to support mothers and babies during rooming-in.

Benefits for mothers:

  • Easier breastfeeding, as mothers make and provide more milk
  • More likely to breastfeed exclusively and for longer durations
  • Same quality of sleep as mothers whose babies sleep in a hospital nursery

Benefits for babies:

  • Cry less than babies kept in the nursery
  • More likely to gain weight faster
  • Sleep quietly between feedings and are soothed more easily

Mothers are encouraged to enjoy time rooming-in, as mothers and their babies develop their new relationship.

Cuddle Time

“Cuddle Time” at EJGH recognizes needs and requests of new mothers (and their babies) by providing uninterrupted time each day from 2-4pm to promote bonding, breastfeeding, rest and healing. Interruptions are limited to those requested by the patient or medically necessary. Research confirms that daily rest time for new families promotes healing, maternal-infant bonding, improved breastfeeding, and improved infant growth and development.

Next Stop, Parenthood!

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EJGH has partnered with Destination Maternity to help expectant families on their journey to parenthood and beyond. Now, in addition to the courses still offered at EJGH’s main campus, classes will be held at the Destination Maternity location on North Causeway Blvd. Click here to register online for Destination Maternity Classes.

Courses offered include:

ABC's of Breastfeeding – Dispels myths and provides basics on breastfeeding. Feeding your newborn and pump pointers are also discussed.

Balanced Nutrition Series – This 5-class series helps you to gain an understanding of balanced nutrition, food safety, postpartum weight loss, lactation nutrition and infant feeding.

Benefits of Prenatal Massage and Yoga – This informative class will discuss the many benefits of Massage Therapy and Yoga during pregnancy. The instructor is a Licensed Massage Therapist and Certified Yoga Teacher at the EJGH Wellness Center. Participants will learn deep breathing techniques and gentle Yoga poses.

Could you be at risk for Gestational Diabetes or Type 2 Diabetes? – Learn when and how gestational diabetes may affect your pregnancy and if you might be at risk for developing Type 2 diabetes. Symptoms, screening and management will be discussed.

Dogs & Storks – This two hour seminar teaches parents-to-be how to successfully prepare the family dog for the arrival of a new baby. For many parents, their first "kids" were pets. Now that a baby is in the future, it is important that parents help their dog adapt to this new addition and create a safe environment for both the dog and the baby. This class is also recommended for grandparents, babysitters, or anyone who owns a dog that will be around the new baby.

Eating Well for You and Baby – In a series if three classes, offered once a month, you will learn what to eat for a healthy pregnancy and how to avoid food borne illnesses. For after baby arrives, we will present ways to maintain a healthy diet during breastfeeding and how best to get back to your pre-baby weight without the use of fad diets. Transitioning baby to solids and navigating the picky eaters phase will also be discussed.

Family & Friends CPR – The American Heart Association created this non-certifying program for anyone who wants to learn how to give CPR to a child or infant.

Fit For Two – EJGH Fitness Principle teaches the usage of stretch-fit bands for a low impact fitness program that is great for women to keep fit before, during and after pregnancy.

Food Safety – With pregnancy comes special considerations concerning food safety. Learn how to avoid food borne illness to have a healthy pregnancy.

Gestational Diabetes – Learn when and how gestational diabetes may affect your pregnancy and if you might be at risk for developing Type 2 Diabetes. Symptoms, screenings and management will be discussed.

Healthy Birth Practices – Lamaze practices are grounded in extensive research and supported by many. Gain an understanding of how six simple steps can help you have a safer and healthier birth. No fees - class is FREE.

HypnoBirthing® - The Mongan Method – This is as much a philosophy as it is a birthing technique. The method teaches you that in the absence of fear and tension, severe pain does not have to accompany labor. You will gain an understanding of how the birthing muscles work in perfect harmony--as they were designed to--when your body is sufficiently relaxed.

Immunizations for Newborns – Learn why vaccinating your child is a safe and effective measure that reduces the risk of illness, disability and death. Immunization schedules and recommendations will also be discussed.

Infant Feeding – Be prepared to raise a healthy baby by learning what foods are appropriate for each age group. Learn what to do with picky eaters to help maintain proper nutrition for your child.

Introduction to Infant Massage – Expectant and new parents learn how a nurturing touch can help relax baby, alleviate colicky symptoms, improve sleep patterns, increase weight gain, but most importantly, enhance a solid bond between parent and baby.

Lactation Nutrition – Learn how to continue your healthy diet during breastfeeding. Make sure you are getting enough of the appropriate foods for healthy lactation.

Navigating the Physical and Emotional Changes of Pregnancy – Find out what types of things you can expect in the first few weeks of pregnancy and beyond. Join us as we present information on how a woman's body changes both physically and mentally during pregnancy.

Newborn Essentials – Get answers from the experts about the first weeks at home with a newborn. Get the basics of feeding, bathing, diapering, swaddling, umbilical cord and circumcision care, and how to take a temperature in this small, confidence-boosting class.

Nutrition Series – Enrollment in Lactation Nutrition, Infant Feeding, Balanced Nutrition, Food Safety, Weight Loss as a series is discounted.

Prenatal Massage and Yoga – Discuss the many benefits of massage therapy and yoga during pregnancy. Mothers-to-be will learn deep breathing techniques and gentle yoga poses.

Prenatal Yoga – Gain and maintain strength and flexibility during pregnancy and alleviate some of the common aches and pains associated with pregnancy. In addition, learn how to use yoga for labor and delivery. This course is for all moms to be, regardless of yoga experience and is safe and accommodating to all months of pregnancy.

Relationships & Babies: A New Beginning – Discussion to assist couples as they transition from life before baby and re-learn how to relate to one another once the baby is home.

Safety Check: Keeping Your Baby Safe – Keeping your baby safe - both inside and outside of your home is an important part of parenting. This class presents general information on first aid, medical and environmental emergencies, car seat safety and ways to prevent infant abduction.

Weight Loss After Birth – Trying to get back in shape after pregnancy? Learn how to lose weight appropriately without fad diets after delivery.

Registration is available at Destination Maternity by using the parent education phone at the juice bar. You can also register through EJGH's HealthFinder at (504) 456-5000 or online by clicking here. Pre-registration is required for all classes.

Mothers-to-be who wish to deliver at EJGH should submit a pre-registration form. Click here to submit an online form or visit the front desk on the 4th floor of the Domino Pavilion at East Jefferson's main campus for a paper form.

Expectant mothers are also invited to take a tour of the facilities. If you would like to schedule a personal tour, please call (504) 503-5555 or womanandchild@ejgh.org.

Woman & Newborn Boutique

The Woman & Newborn Boutique offers a variety of fine infant clothing and accessories. Registered nurses staff the boutique and are happy to help new mothers with all of their breastfeeding needs, including stylish nursing attire, custom-fitted bras, breast pumps and supplies.

Open Monday - Friday from 10 am - 2 pm
4th Floor (Near the Hudson Garage Entrance)
(504) 503-5992



Although it may be a subject that no one wants to consider, the truth is with every pregnancy comes the potential for complications. Many common conditions that are easily managed during a woman's daily life such as high blood pressure, autoimmune disorders, and diabetes can result in a high-risk pregnancy. However, we ensure that all of our patients receive the highest level of care by employing the best doctors in the area, such as EJGH Director of Perinatology Dr. Ann Chau who was named Best OB for High Risk Babies in NOLA baby & family magazine, and by using the most innovative technologies and procedures to diagnose and treat risks as soon as they can be detected. The good news is, even if a mother- to-be experiences a high-risk pregnancy, The Woman and Child Clinic is prepared with a team of qualified staff dedicated to making even complicated pregnancies manageable and safe.

High-risk Pregnancies

In the event of a high-risk pregnancy requiring hospitalization, our antepartum unit offers leading edge monitoring equipment and a multidisciplinary care team. This affords both the mother and family an environment in which the expectant mother can focus her energies on the healthy completion of her pregnancy.

We offer a full range of services and expertise to ensure that our patients get the care they need when they need it. Should a patient's pregnancy require a medical specialist or a newborn need a more advanced level of care, our Maternal-Fetal Medicine service and Neonatal Intensive Care Nursery (NICU) is always available.


At East Jefferson General Hospital, our team of perinatologists, board-certified physicians, specialists and nurses share their combined expertise, so that every mother-to-be treated by at our hospital feels confident and safe.

Three state-of-the-art technologies and procedures patients at EJGH have access to at the Woman and Child Clinic include the following:

  • 3D/4D Ultrasound- used to detect fetal cardiac anomalies, fetal cleft lips, cleft palates and other congenital anomalies undetectable by 2D ultrasound
  • Chorionic Villus Sampling- can provide early genetic information on the developing fetus, and a sequential screening test will detect 90% of fetal Down Syndrome and 90% of Trisomy 18, a potentially life threatening chromosonal defect affecting about one out of every 3,000 births
  • Therapeutic amniocentesis, Intra-uterine blood transfusions, and in-utero placement of fetal catheters may be performed when necessary

The use of ultrasounds and better overall prenatal care has alerted physicians to potential problems sooner. As a result, the mother can be monitored more extensively throughout the entire pregnancy.

Find the Right Doctor

Please call HealthFinder at (504) 503-5000 to find the right doctor for you. Representatives are available from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

For emergencies, please call 911 or proceed to the nearest emergency room.