SALIDA, Colo.-Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center's Family Birthing Center
exceeded both state and national standards on a nationwide survey of maternity
care practices conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Every two years, the CDC administers the Maternity Practices in Infant
Nutrition and Care (mPINC) survey to all hospitals and birth centers in
the U.S. and its territories that routinely provide maternity care. HRRMC
was one of 2,582 facilities that responded to the mPINC survey in 2015,
representing 82 percent of facilities across the nation that provide maternity services.
The CDC calculated scores for every facility and state and recently released
that data. HRRMC's total mPINC score was 90 out of 100, an increase
of six percent over 2013. Across Colorado, the average score was 63, and
the national average mPINC score was 79.
A facility's mPINC score is an overall quality score that averages
seven sub-scores in areas such as labor and delivery care, postpartum
feeding of breastfed infants, breastfeeding assistance and staff training.
Hospital routines can help or hinder new mothers and babies while they
are learning to breastfeed, according to the CDC. Birth facility practices
that create a supportive environment for breastfeeding begin prenatally
and continue through discharge. These practices include newborns'
skin-to-skin contact with their mothers, hospital staff teaching about
breastfeeding, and hospital staff encouraging mothers and babies to room together.
"I am very proud of this accomplishment. It is a complete team effort
involving the physicians and nursing staff here in the Family Birthing
Center who are all very committed to introducing and helping with breastfeeding,"
said Judy Smith, manager of the Family Birthing Center. "We all spend
time on education and research to be sure we are offering the most up-to-date
information and techniques to the moms."
For more information about HRRMC's Family Birthing Center, call 719-530-2277
or visit hrrmc.com.