Lake Regional Health opened the doors to their brand new Lake Regional Family Birth Center for full use May 24. The new center looks to rehaul the birthing process to a modern level, which Public Relations Director Jennifer Bethurem says matches up with the high quality of doctors and nurses staffing the building.

Lake Regional Health opened the doors to their brand new Lake Regional Family Birth Center for full use May 24. The new center looks to rehaul the birthing process to a modern level, which Public Relations Director Jennifer Bethurem says matches up with the high quality of doctors and nurses staffing the building.

The design accommodates what Bethurem calls LDRP, which stands for labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum. In other words, the patient rooms are ready for all parts of the birthing process. Privacy was a major factor when designing the utility of each room, with walk-in showers and pull out sofas for overnight stays. Other suite utilities include a 55-inch tv, wi-fi, a mini-fridge stocked with guest selections and room service amongst other items.

“Our patients know they can expect wonderful care from our doctors and nurses, and now they will receive that personalized care in the area’s newest birth center, designed for our patients’ comfort and safety,” said Mary Lou Gamm, nurse manager of Lake Regional Family Birth Center.

The new Family Birth Center is located on the hospital’s third floor inside the all-new Women’s and Children’s Unit. The space includes a state-of-the-art surgical suite for C-sections, a post-anesthesia care unit and private, overnight rooms. Women’s services include treatments for procedures such as hysterectomies, which patients receive overnight care for.

Bethurem says the birthing experience is focused on an individualized experience for all patients. This includes creating a personalized birth plan, which include details ranging from when visitors will be welcomed to pain management. After delivery, the center hopes to create a peaceful environment for the mother and child, with breastfeeding support that continues after mother and baby go home. Mothers can also look forward to a complimentary celebration meal.

“We wanted to create a modern birthing center that reflects the level of care seen throughout the entire hospital,” Bethurem said. “We are excited for people to take advantage of these new features.”