Birth Center at Mad River Community Hospital Receives Great Score from CDC
ARCATA 2016 -- Mad River Community Hospital’s Birth Center receives a total score of 85 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) survey of Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care.
Every two years, the CDC conducts a national survey on birth centers and facilities that provide maternity services. The total score is an overall quality score that ranges from 0 to 100. The survey looks at these categories: labor and delivery care; postpartum feeding of breast-fed infants, breastfeeding assistance, and contact between mother and infant; discharge care; and staff training, and organizational aspects of care delivery.
The Labor and Delivery section received a sub score of 100, which measured reports on how many patients experience mother-infant skin-to-skin contact directly after an uncomplicated birth. Skin-to-skin contact increases infant stability and improves breastfeeding outcomes.
The best practices for infant feeding care is direct skin to skin contact with the mother immediately after birth and allowing uninterrupted time for breast feeding. Mad River Hospital employs two lactation consultants that assist with breastfeeding education to ensure proper postpartum feeding. Kit Boisvert Meyer, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, states that breastfeeding is good for the mother’s health, increases the baby’s immunity, and has less environmental impacts than using formula. Mad River Hospital’s scores are in the top 50th percentile in the nation.
Pictured: Kit Boisvert Meyer, Lactation Consultant at Mad River Hospital