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Moving on up: Louisiana Hospitals improve maternity care practices

December 12, 2016

A recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report indicates that Louisiana’s national ranking for hospital implementation of maternity care practices continues to improve. The CDC’s national, biennial survey of Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care (mPINC) assesses the extent to which birthing facilities are implementing evidence-based practices that are supportive of breastfeeding and contribute to improving breastfeeding rates – a public health priority.

The mPINC survey questions measure infant feeding care practices, policies, and expectations of hospital staff. The 2015 mPINC State Report identifies trends in the total mPINC scores and selected items across all surveys (2007–2015). The most recent report shows that Louisiana increased its score from 54 (highest = 100) in 2007, to 76 in 2015.  In addition, Louisiana’s rank has increased from 40th in 2011 to 36th in 2015.

Composite Quality Practice Scores 2007 2009 2011 2013 2015
U.S. National 63 65 70 75 79
Louisiana 54 60 65 71 76
Louisiana’s National Ranking 40th 40th 40th 37th 36th

The Bureau of Family Health’s Gift Program has been working closely with Louisiana birthing facilities to improve their maternity care practices by providing: training and technical assistance, a comprehensive system of tools for patient education, opportunities for hospital collaborative learning as well as increased capacity for continuous quality improvement. Louisiana hospitals are making significant progress in improving their maternity care practices from quick wins to more in-depth challenges that require leadership buy-in.  The Bureau of Family Health looks forward to continuing to build momentum and celebrating successes at The Gift Statewide Hospital Summit in June 2017.

  • mPINC in animation featuring the CDC Director, Dr. Thomas Frieden’s perspective on the impact of evidence-based maternity care practices that are supportive of breastfeeding on the health of mothers and infants.
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