Brookings Health System scored 100 of 100 points on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) most recent survey of Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care (mPINC). 

The mPINC survey is a national survey of infant feeding practices in maternity care settings. Every two years, all U.S. hospitals that provide maternity services and free-standing birth centers are invited to participate. Brookings Health System scored 21 points above the average for hospitals in the region (79) and 19 points above the national average (81). 

“Our obstetrics team at New Beginnings Birth Center is committed to delivering compassionate care to all new mothers,” said Obstetrics Director, Mary Schwaegerl. “As a Baby-Friendly designated hospital, we continue to implement evidence-based practices to encourage breastfeeding and support new mothers in every aspect of nursing.” 

Brookings Health and all the hospitals are rated by mPINC on six care dimensions that demonstrate supportive hospital practices to encourage breastfeeding.

According to the CDC, institutional changes in maternity care practices effectively increase breastfeeding initiation and duration rates. Birth facilities that have achieved designation as a part of the World Health Organization/UNICEF Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI), such as Brookings Health System, typically experience an increase in breastfeeding rates. 


September 28, 2021