Pen Bay birth center recognized for patient care

Nov 18, 2012
Pen Bay Birthing Center nurses, from left, Sara Smith, Ronda Brock, Dawn Tassi, Kathleen Hastings, Lynn Tauss, Sue Fleming and Maud Reddy. Liz Breen and Ann Healy were unavailable for the photo.

Rockport — The Centers for Disease Control National Survey of Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care Benchmark Report awarded an 81 percent score to Pen Bay Healthcare's Birth Center.

mPINC is a national survey of maternity care practices and policies conducted by the CDC to measure infant feeding-related policies and practices in hospitals and birth centers. The benchmark report identifies for facilities their strengths and areas where improvement is needed to better support breastfeeding. The CDC has identified specific interventions and strategies that result in better breastfeeding outcomes and improvements in infant nutrition and care. Pen Bay's score of 81 out of 100 demonstrates that its labor and delivery care, postpartum care and breastfeeding support, staff training, and structure of care delivery combine to implement these best practices in an exceptionally successful manner, according to a news release from Pen Bay Healthcare.

Pen Bay's Birth Center specializes in labor, postpartum and newborn care in a family-centered atmosphere, and offers classes in childbirth education, breastfeeding education, infant massage and hypnobirthing. Staff include eight lactation consultants and a supportive staff to assist with breastfeeding. The CDC is studying events that occur during the immediate post birth period because it is known to be a critical period for the establishment of breastfeeding. If breastfeeding is not properly supported immediately after birth and in the first few days,the failure rates are higher. More information on the study can be found at:

Comments (1)
Posted by: April L Berry | Nov 18, 2012 17:09

These women are awesome! Especially Kathleen, she was our doula years ago for births of both our children. We couldn't/wouldn't have done it w/out her! She's the best!

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