Gifford scores well in national infant feeding care

-A A +A

Gifford scores well in national infant feeding care

Wed, 12/28/2016 - 11:04am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Gifford Health Care performed better than 85 percent of similar facilities nationwide in a 2015 survey on infant feeding practices in maternity care settings, according to the most recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC).

Gifford scored 92 of 100 points on the Maternity Practices in the Infant Nutrition and Care (mPINC) survey. Across Vermont the average score was 88, and the national average mPINC score was 79. Nationally 2,582 facilities providing maternity services responded to the 2015 mPINC survey (82 percent).

“Gifford has always been a leader in providing women’s and obstetrics services and supporting moms and babies,” said Gifford’s Chief Operating Officer Barbara Quealy. “This report reflects the excellent quality embedded in our pregnancy and maternity programs, which create an environment that promotes and supports health and nutrition practices.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), hospital practices in the first hours and days after birth are a critical factor for successfully breastfeeding and improved infant nutrition. The mPINC survey was created to help hospitals assess their success in seven “best practices” areas of infant feeding care: 

·         Labor and delivery care

  • Postpartum care
  • Breastfeeding assistance and contact between mother and infant
  • Facility discharge care
  • Staff training
  • Structural/organizational aspects of care delivery

For more information on the mPINC survey visit:

Gifford’s Birthing Center: Since 1977 Gifford’s Birthing Center has set the standard of care for women in Vermont and continues to be a leader in family-centered care, obstetrics, and midwifery. For more information call 802-728-2257 or visit

Gifford is a community hospital in Randolph, Vt., with family health centers in Berlin, Bethel, Chelsea, Rochester, and White River Junction; and specialty services throughout central Vermont. A Federally Qualified Health Center and a Top 100 Critical Access Hospital in the country, Gifford is a full-service hospital with a 24-hour emergency department; inpatient and rehabilitation units; many surgical services; accredited cancer program; a day care; two adult day programs; and the 30-bed Menig Nursing Home, which was named by U.S. News and World Report as one of the best 39 nursing homes in the country in 2012. The Birthing Center, established in 1977, was the first in Vermont to offer an alternative to the traditional hospital-based deliveries, and continues to be a leader in midwifery and family-centered care. The cancer program is accredited by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons. The hospital’s mission is to improve individuals’ and community health by providing and assuring access to affordable, high-quality health care in Gifford’s service area.