Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care Bench Mark Reports

How well does your hospital
provide the maternity care that mothers want
and babies need? According to Dr. Tom Frieden,
Director of the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention, hospital practices
are a critical factor for successful breastfeeding
and infant nutrition. It’s important for all infants
to get a healthy start in life. For nearly all infants, breastfeeding is the
best source of nutrition. It provides remarkable health
benefits to mothers as well. Even though 80 percent of U.S. mothers
begin breastfeeding their infants, many don’t continue
as long as they would like to. And, only one in 5 continues
exclusive breastfeeding for the recommended
minimum of 6 months. Hospital practices in
the first hours and days after birth make a big
difference in whether and how long a mother
breastfeeds her baby. I urge each of you to promote
and support breastfeeding for every new mother
who is able to. Use your CDC Maternity
Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care Bench Mark Report to
improve breastfeeding support for mothers and babies
in your care. The mPINC quality
improvement process started in the early 2000’s when CDC
met with a panel of experts and hospital administrators. They recommended
that improvements in maternity care practices be
assessed and monitored over time in all U.S. birth hospitals. CDC administered the
first mPINC survey in 2007 and has continued the survey
about every two years since. We analyze the data and produce
individual facility mPINC Bench Mark Reports to provide
points of reference for evaluating change
in performance in maternity care practices
that support breastfeeding. The reports are FREE to participating
U.S. birth hospitals! They’re organized to help you
understand how your hospital performs across seven
domains of maternity care that support breastfeeding. This reflects care that begins
prenatally and continues through hospital discharge. It provides a logical framework for integrating evidenced-based
maternity care practices that support breastfeeding in hospital policies
and daily routines. Each domain is scored,
and averaged to provide a total score. You’ll see how well your
birth hospital compares to other birth hospitals
in the US, in your state, and to those of similar size. In addition to improving
birth hospital performance, mPINC Bench Mark Reports have
driven nation-wide improvements in maternity care. Some birth hospitals
use the mPINC process to move towards achieving the
Baby-Friendly designation, a distinguished standard of
excellence in maternity care that supports breastfeeding. Over eighty percent of U.S.
birth hospitals participate in mPINC. Be an mPINC champion. Bring together your
maternity care team to review your mPINC Benchmark Report. Include obstetricians,
anesthesiologists, pediatricians, maternity
care staff, nurse managers for mother baby care,
administrative leaders, quality improvement officers, lactation specialists
and others. Identify and take
action on priority areas to improve your birth
hospital’s performance. If you want to go
fast, go alone. If you want to go
far, go together. 1