Measure Status: Active
Evidence Level: Mixed. Aligns with MCHbest strategy "Hospital Policies" (https://www.mchevidence.org/tools/strategies/4-6.php). Find other NPM 4 hospital-level strategies in MCHbest.
Measurement Quadrant: Quadrant 4: Measuring quality of effect (% of "is anyone better off")
Service Type: Systems level of pyramid
Essential Public Health Services: 6. Utilize legal and regulatory actions
Service Recipient: Activities directed to families/children/youth
Goal: Increase the proportion of births that occur at Breastfeeding-Friendly Maternity Centers
Numerator: Number of live births that occurred at currently accredited MDH Breastfeeding-Friendly Maternity Centers
Denominator: Number of live births in calendar year
Significance: Most births in Minnesota occur in hospital settings. Maternity hospital practices and policies can undermine maternal and infant health by creating barriers to supporting a mother's decision to breastfeed. When hospitals implement the Baby-Friendly Ten Steps, they have the tools to give mothers the information, confidence, and skills necessary to successfully initiate and continue to breastfeed their babies. Women who get the support they need in the hospital are much more likely to continue once they return home.
MDHâ€™s Breastfeeding-Friendly Maternity Center Five-Star program tracks progress by hospitals in implementing evidence-based processes, provides technical assistance to hospitals applying for Stars, and provides intermediate recognition of work on the Ten Steps, without the costs associated with Baby-Friendly designation, which are a barrier to hospitals achieving BFHI designation. MDHâ€™s program is intended to encourage hospitals to move toward BFHI designation. Hospitals can achieve designation are accredited for 3 years, or, in conjunction with Baby-Friendly USA designation, for 5 years. Each two Steps implemented earns one Star, for a possible total of Five Stars/Ten Steps achieved.
Data Sources and Data Issues: Data Source: MN Vital Records and MDHâ€™s Accreditation Database, tracked in Redcap. Accreditation process monitored by WIC breastfeeding unit staff and OSHII staff. Achievement of individual Steps is applied for and progress documented by hospital staff, with completed Steps reviewed and verified by MDH staff and partners from the Minnesota Breastfeeding Coalition.
Limitations of Data: The expiration of accreditation is tied to completion of the 10th Step and other Steps may have been completed longer than 3/5 years prior. MN Vital Records are limited to births that occur to Minnesota Residents in Minnesota.
Unit Type: Percentage, Unit Number: 100