Each year, the American College of Nurse Midwives allows participating practices to compare themselves to practices that are similar in size and environment to provide a professional self-maintenance strategy and as a method of quality assurance. Babies in Bloom is pleased to be designated a Best Practice in both the Four Core Perinatal Measures and the Triple Aim Achievement categories by the ACNM.
Best Practices – Four Core Perinatal Measures
- Induction of Labor <10%
- Primary Cesarean Birth Rate < 15%
- Episiotomy < 2%
- Exclusive Breastfeeding (first 48 hours) > 75%
The “4 Core” Best Practice designation has been designed to acknowledge practices achieving nationally established benchmarks for physiologic birth. These four measures are harmonized with the National Quality Forum (NQF) and Joint Commission perinatal quality measures. Of the 278 practices participating in the 2016 ACNM Benchmarking project, 23 practices achieved all four benchmarks.
Best Practices – Triple Aim Achievement
- Primary Cesarean Birth Rate < 23.9%
- Preterm Birth Rate < 11.4%
- Exclusive Breastfeeding (first 48 hours) > 81%
“Triple Aim” Best Practice recognizes practices which meet the Institute for Healthcare Improvement “Triple Aim” of improving the patient experience, reducing cost of care, and improving the health of populations. This is demonstrated by high breastfeeding rates, low preterm birth and cesarean rates, and reporting fiscal variables. Of the 278 practices participating in the 2016 ACNM Benchmarking Project, ninety-one practices were designated Triple Aim Best Practices.