Our rooms are designed to provide you with a comfortable environment to meet your baby, and our Labor & Delivery and Postpartum Nurses are trained to care for you before, during, and after giving birth.

Our Nursery and Neonatal Intensive Care Nurses are highly skilled and experienced in the latest techniques to care for your baby.

In addition, our comprehensive fetal monitoring system allows Nurses and other healthcare professionals to care for you with minimal interruptions to your rest.

Our rooms are designed to provide you with a comfortable environment to meet your baby, and our Labor & Delivery and Postpartum Nurses are trained to care for you before, during, and after giving birth. Our Nursery and Neonatal Intensive Care Nurses are highly skilled and experienced in the latest techniques to care for your baby. In addition, our comprehensive fetal monitoring system allows Nurses and other healthcare professionals to care for you with minimal interruptions to your rest.

Manage Your Pain

Having a baby is hard work. Some women experience more pain than others. We want to make you as comfortable as possible in every stage. Tell us how much assistance you need. You may require little or no pain medication, but we have an in-house pharmacy to provide any level of support you may need any time of the day or night.

After Baby Arrives

Very little is more precious than the first moments you spend with your baby. We want you to have all the time you need. We understand you’ve been through a lot, too, so our Nursery staff is available when you need a little “me” time for a shower, a bite to eat, or just to rest.

Skin-to-Skin Bonding

The special connection between you and your baby begins long before birth. Skin-to-Skin bonding for at least one hour immediately after birth enhances that connection and offers many benefits to both you and your baby. Women's & Children's Hospital, a proven leader in obstetrical and pediatric services for more than 30 years, continues its long-standing tradition of making your initial face-to-face meeting memorable with services like Skin-to-Skin bonding.

What is Skin-to-Skin? It’s a special way for you to hold your baby immediately after birth. Your baby, wearing only a diaper and a hat, is placed directly on your chest and covered with two receiving blankets for at least an hour. You and your significant other are encouraged to enjoy this experience as often as desired while in the hospital and once you return home.

Why Skin-to-Skin?

  • Keeps your baby warm being “skin-to-skin” with you.
  • Your baby will hear your voice and heartbeat, helping to calm the baby.
  • Paces heart rate and breathing.
  • Increases your confidence as a mom.
  • Provides the time you need to get to know your baby.
  • Decreases the risk of infection. Your baby will not become ill as often during the first six months.
  • Baby cries less.
  • Speeds up your recovery time after child birth.
  • Enhances breastfeeding success. Your baby may take the first feeding of mother’s milk, the best care, during this special time. You will produce more breast milk.
  • Feeding on demand increases, resulting in better weight gain and stable blood sugar for your baby.
  • Your baby will feel less pain when held skin-to-skin for shots and other stressful events.
  • Stimulates your baby’s brain development.
  • Your baby transitions from being inside of you to the outside world more easily by being close to you, hearing your heartbeat and your voice, and feeling your touch.

So, let’s get started! Let your caregiver in the delivery room know you are interested in skin-to-skin bonding, also called Kangaroo Care. Understand, there may be medical reasons why your baby is unable to participate in skin-to-skin bonding immediately after birth. Your caregiver will review these with you.

Celebration for Two Meal

Your work is done. Baby is here! It’s time to celebrate!

Acadiana families for generations have enjoyed delicious meals to celebrate countless milestones and accomplishments. We are honored to prepare a fresh, hot and delicious steak dinner for you and a guest of your choice to celebrate the birth of your baby. Inquire with your Nurse for more details.

Enjoy this complimentary Celebration for Two dinner and rest. You’ve certainly earned it!

Visitation – It’s All About You

We want you to have all the time you need to capture and cherish these moments with those closest to you. Visitation hours are observed daily from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

You and your baby need to have some alone time to foster that special bond and get some rest. It’s okay to set guidelines and let your Nurse know when you need some “me” time or a few moments alone with your baby.

To assist, Women's & Children's Hospital set aside some Quiet Time for you from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Visitation is limited during these times in the Postpartum and high-risk Antenatal units.

Also, we made accommodations for one adult to stay in the room with you overnight. However, in an effort to reduce noise and increase the comfort of all our guests, children under age 12 are not allowed to spend the night.

First Impressions

Professional photography services are available to capture those first few precious moments together.

With your permission, a photograph and information about any new addition to the Women's & Children's Hospital family is shared on our web site in our Web Nursery.

Inquire with your Nurse if you would like more information about either service.

Infant Security

We have taken many steps to protect you and your baby. However, if you have concerns, please ask. Your Nurse is prepared to answer any questions you may have about the comprehensive and progressive infant security system in place at Women's & Children's Hospital.

Personal Belongings

Women's & Children's Hospital has an advanced security system in place to keep you, your baby, and your belongings secured. However, please leave large amounts of money and jewelry at home or arrange to have them brought home from the hospital by a trusted family member. Do not leave cameras, video equipment, and cell phones unattended. Women's & Children's Hospital is not responsible for the loss of or damage to personal items.


Each patient room includes a telephone with free local calls.

Dining In

Your physician will work with the Registered Dietitians and Dietary staff at Women's & Children's Hospital to ensure you will receive meals with the proper nutrients you need during your stay. We have a variety of foods available to accommodate many different dietary needs. Coffee, juice, and snacks are available at no additional charge. Ask your Nurse for more information.

Guest meals are available by visiting the Cashier in the Main Lobby.


The Cafeteria is located on the first floor of the hospital.

7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Breakfast – seven days a week
11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Lunch – Monday through Saturday


During your stay, a member of the Housekeeping team will ensure that you have a clean environment to rest and recover. The daily, thorough service includes providing fresh linens, disinfecting, dusting, and dust mopping.

If at any point during your stay you are in need of additional housekeeping services, just call ext. *1-9239.


Women's & Children's Hospital received the Care Award from the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners and G.I.F.T. (Guided Infant Feeding Techniques) certification through The Gift, a program for Louisiana birthing facilities established to increase breastfeeding initiation, duration, and support.

Certified Lactation Consultants are available from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday by calling (337) 521-9138 or ext. *1-9138 from any phone in the hospital. After hours and on weekends and holidays, call the Well Baby Nursery at (337) 521-9100, ext. *5-5400.

Cord Blood Banking

Saving, or “banking,” your newborn’s cord blood stem cells is a one-time opportunity to protect the health of your family. Stem cells from cord blood have been used to treat certain types of leukemia, lymphoma, aplastic anemia, severe sickle cell, and other diseases. Ask your Nurse for more information.

Birth Certificate

Someone from the Health Information Department at Women's & Children's Hospital will contact you for information regarding your baby to complete your baby’s Birth Certificate.

Some of the items you will need to include are the baby’s full name and date of birth and both parents’ place of birth, Social Security Number, and highest level of education completed.

Once the information you provide is entered into the system, the same representative will review the document with you and have you sign the Birth Certificate. It will then go through several more steps before you receive a certified copy. Inquire with your Health Information Department representative for more information of if you have any questions.

As a special keepsake of this precious event, Women's & Children's Hospital will provide you with a copy of your baby’s footprints – our gift to you and a little token of thanks for choosing to share this wonderful experience with us.

Wireless Internet

Stay connected with free wireless internet service during your stay.

Tobacco-Free Campus

Women's & Children's Hospital is a tobacco-free campus. Use of any tobacco products is not allowed in all surrounding medical office buildings and parking lots.v


The Chapel is located on the second floor near the Nursery and open 24 hours a day.

Thank you! The physicians, staff, and volunteers of Women's & Children's Hospital are honored that you chose to share this precious moment with us.

We are excited to have you and your baby as part of the growing Women's & Children's Hospital family! We’re here when you need us. Below is a list of services available as your little one grows and ways you may stay connected for updates on services, events and much more!

Access Your Personal Health Information

Women's & Children's Hospital makes it easy for you to access information about medical services you have received at our facility. Your time is valuable. Patient Portal enables patients to have free and secure online access to their personal health information. We provide this complimentary service through an encrypted password-protected login process. All portal URLs are secured and encrypted to ensure the protection of your personal health information. Enroll or learn more.

Pediatric Specialists

See the growing list of ">Pediatric Specialists at the Kids Specialty Center on the Women's & Children's Hospital campus and those nearby here to provide the specialty care some Acadiana families need.


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Health I.Q. Health Magazine

Sign up for “Health I.Q.4U,” our monthly electronic newsletter delivered directly to your email inbox. Also, sign up to receive “Health I.Q.,” the quarterly magazine produced by your friends at Women's & Children's Hospital.

One Fish Two Fish - Newborn Exhibit

The Newborn Exhibit, “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, New Fish,” on the second floor features aquarium-themed walls accented by hand-painted, personalized fish tiles announcing the name, birth date, and other information about babies born at Women's & Children's Hospital.

The exhibit is a wonderful way to commemorate the birth of your baby with a permanent tribute. Proceeds from the sale of the fish tiles benefit programs at the Woman’s Foundation, a local nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the total well-being of women and their families. Call (337) 988-1816, visit WomansFoundation.com to find out more.


PLAYday annually features a football toss, fun jumps, a rock wall, an obstacle course, exercise demonstrations, summer camp information, free car seat safety checks and many other ideas to help families get moving during the summer months.

And the best part: There is no cost to attend. The event is open to the public. Families, especially those with children in grades Pre-K to 5, are encouraged to attend together to enjoy the various activities and learn as a family about ways to have fun each summer while staying away from the common pitfalls of video games, television and high-calorie snacks.

The annual event is presented by Southwest Louisiana Area Health Education Center, or SWLAHEC, and the Kids Specialty Center. More than 20 area organizations participate and offer information on summer camps and other activities for Acadiana children to help them have a happier, healthier summer. Other presentations include healthy snacking and eating habits and better alternatives to sodas and heavy-sugar drinks.

PAL Saves Kids

Children locked in an unattended vehicle: It’s an issue that continues to grab the national media’s and public’s attention.

Women's & Children's Hospital and Pop-A-Lock launched PAL Saves Kids in summer 2015 to combat this issue in Acadiana – at no cost to local families.

W.H.A.L.E. Program

The W.H.A.L.E. (We Have A Little Emergency) program is an identification and education program for parents with children riding in a car or booster seat.

Sponsored through Women's & Children's Hospital, the program provides a free W.H.A.L.E. kit to parents of each newborn that includes vital information about your child to help with identification efforts by emergency personnel in the event of a car accident.

Call (337) 521-9172 today for more information about the program or to order additional kits, which are provided at no cost to you.

Shots for Tots

The Louisiana Immunization Initiative launched Shots for Tots in 1992 in response to low levels of immunizations among preschool children and a subsequent measles outbreak in the state.

Women's & Children's Hospital is the exclusive provider of Shots for Tots in Lafayette. Visit the Events tab to see upcoming times/dates for Shots for Tots!

Children are most susceptible to vaccine-preventable diseases during their infant years, according to ShotsforTots.com. The Louisiana Immunization Initiative seeks to immunize 90 percent of children with the primary series of immunizations by age 2 through Shots for Tots, a network of public and private entities working together to educate and update parents and providers about the need for infant immunizations.