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CDC Recognizes Women's Health and Birth Center for Outstanding Care

Wednesday, December 7, 2011   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Kelly Shaw

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) National Survey of Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care (mPINC) Benchmark Report awarded a near perfect score of 98% to the Women's Health and Birth Center (WHBC) in Santa Rosa, California.

mPINC is a national survey of maternity care practices and policies conducted by the CDC to measure infant feeding related policies and practices in hospitals and birth centers. The benchmark report identifies for facilities their strengths and areas where improvement is needed to better support breastfeeding. WHBC's score far exceeds the national average of 65% and is well above California's average of 73%.

The CDC has identified specific interventions and strategies that result in better breastfeeding outcomes and improvements in infant nutrition and care. The WHBC's scores demonstrate that its labor and delivery care, postpartum care and breastfeeding support, staff training, and structure of care delivery combine to implement these best practices in an exceptionally successful manner.

The WHBC is a freestanding birth center, specializing in nurse-midwifery care and focusing on pregnancy, newborn and gynecology services. WHBC is one of the few facilities in the USA to be recognized as a Baby-Friendly facility by the World Health Organization. Fewer than 4% of babies in the US are born in "baby-friendly" hospitals and birth centers, despite the dramatic improvement that is seen in maternal and newborn health within such facilities. The CDC is studying events that occur during the immediate post birth period because it is known to be a critical period for the establishment of breastfeeding. If breastfeeding is not properly supported immediately after birth and in the first few days, the failure rates are higher. More information on the study can be found at:

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