The Center for Disease Control calculates scores for each facility based on maternity care practice areas, including labor and delivery care; postpartum feeding of breastfed infants; breastfeeding assistance
; postpartum contact between mother and infant; facility discharge care; staff training; and structural and organizational aspects of care delivery.
MUMS using Huddersfield maternity services are pleased with breastfeeding assistance
- but expressed concerns surrounding the test for Down's Syndrome.
More specifically, the highest average total for the seven categories was for "breastfeeding assistance
" (80 out of 100), even though 65% of the birthing facilities recommended to mothers that they limit how long their infant nurses at each breast and 45% reported that they gave a pacifiers to healthy, full-term infants that didn't otherwise need them (a practice that does not support breastfeeding).
In the survey, facilities were scored on practices such as breastfeeding assistance
, mother and newborn contact, newborn feeding practices and breastfeeding support after discharge, with a possible high score of 100.
Questions regarding maternity practices were grouped into seven categories that served as subscales in the analyses: 1) labor and delivery, 2) breastfeeding assistance
, 3) mother-newborn contact, 4) newborn feeding practices, 5) breastfeeding support after discharge, 6) nurse/birth attendant breastfeeding training and education, and 7) structural and organizational factors related to breastfeeding.