Henry Community Health’s Birthcare Center is ranked above both the national and state averages in a national survey of infant feeding practices in maternity care settings. The Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care (mPINC) Survey was conducted by the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
Henry Community Health received a 93 in the recently released Benchmark Report. Their score was above the average of 88 for the nation, 90 for Indiana and 91 for similar sized facilities.
The survey was conducted in 2015 and produces a quality score based on best practices in infant feeding care including skin-to-skin contact, breastfeeding and other similar information related to infant health.
Henry Community Health is one of only 13 Indiana hospitals currently accredited as a Baby Friendly Hospital by Baby-Friendly USA.
“We are proud of this achievement as the importance of breastfeeding and mother/baby bonding cannot be over emphasized,” stresses Tina Abrams, Director of the Women and Children’s Unit and BirthCare Center. “Breastfeeding is healthier for both mothers and babies, and as our breastfeeding rates continue to increase our community as a whole becomes healthier,” she continued.
Breastfeeding Support Provided
The BirthCare Center encourages and support new mothers to breastfeed in many ways including:
- Breast feeding classes before delivery
- Help in breastfeeding provided by a certified lactation specialist after delivery and for outpatient visits after mothers return home.
- Telephone follow-up after you go home
- Infant Feeding Support Group the second Monday and 4th Tuesday of the month
For more information on any of these programs contact the BirthCare Center at 765.521.1116