Woman’s Hospital exceeded both the Louisiana and national standards according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's 2013 Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care survey (mPINC), national survey of infant feeding practices in maternity care settings.
Woman’s earned a score of 92 out of 100 on the survey. Across Louisiana, the average score was 71 and the national average was 75.
Woman’s score ranks the hospital in the 90th percentile in the country, 92nd percentile of similar size facilities in the U.S. and 93rd percentile of facilities in Louisiana. Woman’s was also commended for its skin-to-skin practices, education for breastfeeding mothers and encouragement for mothers to breastfeed.
Woman’s mPINC score is based on a number of infant feeding practices, including:
- Labor and delivery care
- Postpartum feeding of breastfed infants
- Breastfeeding assistance and contact between mother and infant
- Discharge care
- Staff training
- Structural/organizational aspects of care delivery at the hospital
Every two years, all U.S. hospitals that provide maternity services and free-standing birth centers are invited to participate.