Your baby deserves every chance for a healthy and happy life. Breastfeeding is nutritionally sound and a beautiful and intimate way of getting to know your newborn..
Willis-Knighton’s Center for Women’s Health offers breastfeeding classes through Willis’s Baby Bear Club. “Feeding Your Baby” is taught regularly at Willis-Knighton South, WK Bossier Health Center and WK Pierremont Health Center.
After the birth of your baby, it’s good to know that you have help if you need it. Our lactation counselor is a registered nurse, certified breastfeeding counselor, and an internationally certified childbirth educator. She offers
one-on-one lactation counseling services at no charge to you.
A special home-like environment has been created for the comfort of you and your baby. The counselor will answer your questions and offer you helps and hints specific to your needs.
This service is provided by appointment only (212-8123) at the Prenatal Education Office. This office is centrally located in the Medical Arts Building on the campus of Willis-Knighton Medical Center, near I-20 and I-49. in Shreveport, near I-20 and I-49. Take either the Greenwood Road or Hearne Avenue exit off I-20. The Medical Arts Building is located on Greenwood Road between Albert Bicknell Drive and Portland Avenue.
Nutrition after pregnancy is just as important as nutrition during pregnancy. It’s natural for mothers to want to return to pre-pregnancy weight quickly, but there are health hazards associated with losing weight too rapidly.
Mothers seeking assistance with a healthy diet plan should consider the services offered through the WK Diabetes and Nutrition Center. Individual appointments can be scheduled with registered dietitians who will assist you in formulating a healthy meal plan. The Weight & Wellness Solutions classes last six months and address eating habits, exercise and emotional well-being. Call 212-4250 for additional information.
Many women experience back pain and carpal tunnel syndrome during their pregnancies. Willis-Knighton has certified therapists to address these needs. Those who experience either of these conditions, should discuss it with their physicians and ask for a referral to one of the therapists who can help address the pain.
Occasionally, babies will experience developmental difficulties. Willis-Knighton has certified pediatric therapists to help identify and treat developmental disorders.
A gift shop is available at Willis-Knighton South and at WK Bossier Health Center. In addition to a wide array of gifts, both have items designed especially for the new baby and mom. Among the most popular items is the custom-designed door wreath. Any gift item available from a WK gift shop can be delivered to a new mother at WK Pierremont. Call South’s Gift Shop at 212-5455 or Bossier’s Gift Shop at 212-7455 to arrange for delivery of a gift item. For additional information about the Gift Shop, please visit its Web site.
WK/University Perinatal Center, staffed by specialists in maternal/fetal medicine, is available for women with high risk pregnancies. Their clinic is located on the campus of Willis-Knighton South, but the physicians support patients at all three hospitals.
In some instances newborns may require specialized services of an intensive care unit. The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for the health system is located at Willis-Knighton South and the Center for Women’s Health. This NICU is one of the most modern in the country, designed with individual rooms to support developmental goals and bonding. It is staffed with experienced neonatologists and nursing who have special certification in caring for high risk infants. The NICU provides services to infants from all Willis-Knighton hospitals and accepts infants referred from other hospitals.