Jessica Anderson, Tawnee Selbrade and Susan Shaft

Left to right: Jessica Anderson, RN, birth center; Tawnee Selbrade, RN and lactation consultant, birth center; and Susan Shaft, manager, birth center. (Submitted photo)

OWATONNA — Owatonna Hospital recently scored exceedingly well on The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) 2013 survey of Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care (mPINC). With a score of 86, Owatonna Hospital is performing better than many facilities nationwide, in Minnesota and similar size facilities.

Owatonna Hospital scored better than 74 percent of all facilities nationwide, 65 percent better than facilities in Minnesota and 77 percent better than similar size facilities in the United States.

According to the CDC, the mother and infants’ stay is typically very short but events during this time have lasting effects. Experiences with breastfeeding in the first hours and days of life significantly influence an infant’s later feeding. Because in most cases these experiences reflect routine practices at the facility level, patients rarely request care different from that offered them by health professionals.

The results mean:

• The total score is an overall quality score that ranges from 0 to 100, with Owatonna Hospital receiving an 86. It averages the Care Dimension Subscores on seven aspects of care.

• The Care Dimension Subscores are calculated for labor and delivery care, postpartum feeding of breastfed infants, breastfeeding assistance and contact between mother and infant, discharge care, staff training and structural/ organizational aspects of care delivery.

All facilities that provide care during labor and delivery in the United States and Territories are invited to participate in mPINC. The survey response rate was 83 percent.

For more information about the mPINC survey, visit

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