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CDC Survey: Wentworth-Douglass in top percentile nationwide for infant care

Wentworth-Douglass Hospital received a near-perfect score in the 2020 CDC Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care (mPINC) Survey – scoring a 97, well above national and state averages.

The survey is conducted about every two years and assesses maternity care practices at hospitals nationwide, focusing on specific areas of maternity care related to how babies are fed, including immediate postpartum care, feeding practices, and feeding education.

Out of 10 categories that were surveyed, Wentworth-Douglass received perfect scores of “100” in most.

“Wentworth-Douglass is a Baby-Friendly Hospital, meaning we are committed to helping mothers achieve breastfeeding goals. More than 80 percent of mothers here begin breastfeeding, a rate that is well above the national standards. Our care doesn’t end when families leave the hospital. Our board-certified lactation consultants are available to continue offering support,” said Nicole Pendenza, BSN, RNC-NIC, Assistant Vice President of Women’s and Children's Services. “The high scores achieved in the mPINC survey are a testament to the care our professionals offer every family who delivers here.”

Over 1,400 babies will be born this year at Wentworth-Douglass’ Birth Center, making it the most popular on the Seacoast with moms-to-be. It is also a Gold Certified Safe Sleep Hospital for its commitment to best practices and education on infant safe sleep.

To learn more about Wentworth-Douglass Hospital’s Women’s and Children’s Center, visit

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