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Exceptional Education

Baby with teddy bears We believe education is essential before, during and after childbirth. Touro offers basic and advanced childbirth education classes for parents, as well as a siblings class and a baby sign language class.

>> Click here for details and to register for the ONLINE Childbirth Classes.
>> Click here for details on ALL of the Touro Family Birthing Center classes.

Our board-certified lactation consultants provide each nursing mother with daily breastfeeding assistance. We offer prenatal and postnatal consultations, as well as a free daily phone service for your breastfeeding questions and concerns. A complimentary breastfeeding class is held monthly and our breastfeeding boutique is conveniently located on the second floor of the hospital to accommodate your supply needs. An array of breastfeeding products including nursing bras and breastpumps are available for purchase. We also provide professional nursing bra fittings and a breastpump rental service.

We’ve even prepared information for expectant mothers during hurricane season.
Click here to download. (PDF)


Touro is proud to support the AWHONN’s 40 reasons to go 40 campaign, educating families on the importance of 40 weeks gestation.
Your baby needs a full 40 weeks of pregnancy to grow and develop. Inducing labor during those last few weeks of pregnancy is associated with increased risks, including: prematurity, cesarean surgery, hemorrhage, and infection. Labor should be induced for medical reasons, not for convenience of scheduling concerns. Baby will let you know when he or she is ready to emerge. Until then, click below for  40 reasons to go at least the full 40 weeks of pregnancy:

40 reasons to go 40 - English
40 reasons to go 40 - Spanish


Touro is a Safe Sleep Champion
Touro is proud to be a “Safe Sleep Champion” by educating new mothers and families on recommendations made by American Academy of Pediatrics in 2011 regarding Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and other sleep related infant deaths. In Louisiana, approximately 80 babies die each year from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), which is the broad medical term for sudden, unexplained deaths of infants before they reach their first birthdays.

SIDS occurs when otherwise healthy babies die in their sleep for no apparent reason. These deaths are often related to an unsafe sleep environment, and all new mothers and their families need to understand the importance of placing infants in a safe sleeping environment to reduce the risk of SIDS/SUIDS. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends several actions related to creating a safe sleep environment for infants. AAP’s Recommendations include placing the baby on his/her back to sleep for every sleep, using a firm sleep surface, sharing the room but not the bed, and keeping soft/loose objects out of the crib. The supine sleep position (sleeping on back/face-up) is recommended for infants to reduce the risk of SIDS; side sleeping is not safe and is not advised. Supervised, awake tummy time on a daily basis can promote motor development and minimize the risk of positional plagiocephaly.

Click here to learn more about Safe Sleep for Infants.
Click here for the American Academy of Pediatrics recommendations on Safe Sleep.
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