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Women's Family Birthplace opens at Women's Hospital

More comfortable care for mothers-to-be

Winnipeg Health Region
Published Friday September 8, 2000

The opening of the new Women's Family Birthplace at Women's Hospital will provide mothers with a more comfortable home-like setting in which to deliver their babies.

The unit includes 17 new specially equipped birthing rooms for labour, delivery, recovery and post-partum care for low risk mothers-to-be. Each self-contained birthing room is equipped with such items as delivery beds, fetal monitors, infant warmers, respiratory equipment and extra space for nursery care and nursing services.

"We're thrilled to be able to offer women more comfortable surroundings to birth in and welcome their babies into the world," said Beth Brunsdon-Clark, WRHA Nursing Director of the Women's Health Program Team. "This project has been ten years in the making. It is very fitting that it open in the year 2000 as the Women's Hospital celebrates it's 50th anniversary."

This new unit will focus on family-centered maternal and newborn care and it will allow multiple care providers from many professions including obstetrics, registered nurses, midwives, family physicians, and allied health professionals to facilitate the birthing experience.

"This is a real improvement in the services we provide to low risk obstetrics patients and their families," said Dr. Brian Postl, WRHA CEO. "This new layout will greatly improve how staff are able to do their jobs enabling them to provide better care overall to maternity patients."

The unit will officially open on September 11th. At that time, eight rooms of the unit will be open. The remaining beds will open on an incremental basis, and fully opened by December. The 17 beds replace existing labor, delivery and post-partum beds currently in existence at Women's Hospital. When the unit is fully operational, it will have the support and services of approximately 30 staff.

"The Health Sciences Centre is very proud that this unit will serve as a model, not only because of its beautiful environment, but because of the committed and caring staff," said John Horne, HSC COO.

Government provided $3.5 million in support of this project. Construction began a year and a half ago. With the completion of new obstetrics facilities at Women's Hospital, the second phase of the long term plans for obstetrical services in Winnipeg's Hospitals can get underway with a similar renovation of labour, delivery, recovery and post-partum facilities at St. Boniface Hospital.

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