Women's Health 2011

Marshall’s new Birth Place will pamper mom & baby

By July 21, 2011

Marshall Medical Center’s doctors and nurses who work at The Birth Place have always been of the highest caliber. Soon, the facility where they work will enjoy the same reputation.

Imagine moving from a 4,000-square-foot building built in 1957 into a 17,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility built just for you. It’s almost as joyous as having a baby.

“I’ve personally been working on this project for 18 years,” said Birth Place Director Deena Purdy, who has worked for Marshall for 23 years. “Now we can see it; it’s physically happening. We’re so excited.”

Construction on Marshall Hospital’s new $40 million wing, which will also house the emergency department and other services, began about two-and-a-half years ago and the new Birth Place is expected to open in January 2012.

At the new Birth Place expectant mothers and their families will not want for anything in new, private birthing rooms that are as spacious as they are comfortable. Private postpartum rooms include “beds for each spouse and they will have private bathrooms,” said OB/GYN Ken Nelson. The privacy will also be appreciated when nurses and lactation consultants come in to help a new mother breast feed her baby.

No more pulling the curtain. No more waiting in line to use the bathroom. No more cramming into semi-private rooms. “Every woman wants that privacy after she delivers a baby,” Purdy said.

Marshall is happy to oblige.

“It’s really going to be the nicest labor and delivery wing in the greater Sacramento area,” said Dr. Nelson, who has worked at Marshall for 26 years.

Keeping the health and safety of mother and baby in mind, Marshall’s new Birth Place has “the latest in remote monitoring so things can be seen from the nursing station,” Nelson added. Marshall staff will also continue to use security measures to ensure no unauthorized visitors enter The Birth Place.

The new wing also includes an on-site cesarean section operating room. Doctors and nurses currently have to take their patients down multiple corridors to get to the operating room, Nelson said.

The staff is already preparing for these new technologies and capabilities. Marshall has hired some new staff and is training its OB nurses to assist in C-section surgeries. The hospital employs six OB/GYNs and 30 nurses in The Birth Place. They deliver 600 babies each year but, Nelson said, after the new Birth Place opens its doors that number could go up.

“It will bring a very comfortable, private, high-tech aspect to our maternity care,” Nelson said of the new facility, explaining that the project should lead to “dramatically improved patient satisfaction” and attract more expectant mothers.

All in all, nothing to cry about.

Noel Stack

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