Opelousas General is set to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week and National Breastfeeding Month with a free Community Baby Shower for new and expectant parents and grandparents.
The event will be held Thursday, August 9th from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm in the Opelousas General Health Systems Auditorium located on the 3rd floor of the facility.
OGHS says the event will allow those in attendance to speak with hospital staff and to find out about the hospitals recent designation as a Baby-Friendly facility. The hospital was also earned "The Gift" designation which is said to allow the hospital "to achieve further certifications and accreditations, as well as meet national and international quality measures and standards of care."
Community agencies will be on had to provide information and education on prenatal care, breastfeeding, and parent resources. Pre-natal mini sessions will also be held covering several topics as well as a class for grandmothers-to-be.
The hospital says there is no need to RSVP for the event. Those interested in registering for the hospital’s pre-natal classes in October or December can visit opelousageneral.com, The OGHS Facebook page, or contact Darlene Fontenot at 337-948-5103.
In 2013, Mayor Donald Cravins proclaimed that August would be recognized as National Breastfeeding Month by the City of Opelousas and the Parish of St. Landry. World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated internationally from August 1 to 7.