Special Support Services

Special Support Services

Lactation Consulting

Our International Board Certified Lactation Consultants provide breast-feeding counseling to mothers prenatally and during their hospital stay, telephone assistance for questions or concerns, scheduled outpatient consultations and support groups. Willis-Knighton was the first health system in the states to earn GIFT (Guided Infant Feeding Techniques) certification from the Louisiana Maternal and Child Health Coalition. This certification recognizes Willis-Knighton for its efforts to protect, promote and support breast-feeding. Babies were born to breast-feed and your body was designed for it! We are committed to doing all we can to help you be successful as a new mother. These lactation services are free and available through the WK Bossier, South and Pierremont campuses. Please call one of our lactation offices with any questions or to schedule an appointment.

Willis-Knighton South (318) 212-5632
WK Bossier Health Center (318) 212-7147
WK Pierremont Health Center (318) 212-3081

The Breastfeeding Class is highly recommended for new mothers, and is offered frequently at WK South, Bossier and Pierremont. A Lactation Consultant will prepare you and your partner for breastfeeding success.

Breastfeeding Support Group

Our free mother-to-mother support groups provide wonderful opportunities to get answers to common breast-feeding questions. This group is facilitated by board-certified lactation consultants who provide guidance for common concerns and issues faced by breast-feeding mothers.

WK Bossier Health Center
Mondays, 10-11:30 a.m.
First Floor Conference Room A

Willis-Knighton South & The Center for Women’s Health
Wednesdays, 9-10:30 a.m.
Conference Room B

WK Pierremont Health Center
Fridays, 12-1:00 p.m.
Sixth Floor Serenity Room

Diabetes & Nutrition Center

It’s natural to want to fit in your skinny jeans soon after pregnancy, but there are health hazards associated with losing weight too quickly. Nutrition after pregnancy is just as important as during pregnancy, especially if you are breastfeeding.

The WK Diabetes and Nutrition Center has the resources and guidance to jump-start your healthy nutrition plan. The registered dietitians and clinical staff create a specialized program specific for you and your needs to ensure you are getting back to pre-baby weight as healthy and efficiently as possible. Individual appointments can be scheduled with registered dietitians who will assist you in formulating a wholesome meal plan. The WK Weight & Wellness Solutions program addresses proper eating habits, exercise and emotional well-being in classes during a six-month period. Whatever your needs, the Diabetes & Nutrition Center can help you achieve your health goals.

Physical Therapy

For many women, pregnancy can flare up aches and pains in place where you’ve never felt discomfort. Many women experience back pain, carpel tunnel syndrome and other aches during pregnancy, which leave them tired or unable to care for their newborns. Willis-Knighton’s certified therapists are available to address your pain appropriately. If you experience any of these conditions, please discuss it with your physician and ask for a referral to one of the therapists who can help alleviate your pain through exercises and therapy.

Occasionally, babies will experience developmental difficulties. Willis-Knighton’s certified pediatric therapists will help identify and treat developmental disorders to ensure your child progresses to his or her full potential.

Gift Shop

Willis-Knighton Gift Shops are available at the South and Bossier campuses. In addition to a wide array of gifts, both have items designed especially for the new baby and mom. One of our most popular offerings 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 our Web site.

Maternal/Fetal Care

Regional Perinatal Group, 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. Your obstetrician will refer you to perinatology if he or she deems the services necessary.

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

In some instances newborns may require specialized services in an intensive care unit.The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit located at Willis-Knighton South and the Center for Women’s Health is the area’s most modern NICU featuring individual rooms. It is staffed with experienced neonatologists and experts who have specialized 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.