November 7, 2014
The Birth of the New Women & Infants Center
Saint Joseph Hospital has long been known as the “baby hospital,” with 4,000 births per year and more than 300,000 births in the hospital’s 141-year history. By anticipating the needs of moms-to-be, the new Center for Women & Infants delivers a comfortable, inviting setting that welcomes patients and their families.
Express Elevator to the 4th Floor
A special set of elevators for expectant moms and their families takes them directly from the hospital lobby to the fourth floor, with no stops in between. When the elevator doors open, the calm, soothing and non-clinical guest-like experience begins.
A Spa-Like Retreat
The designers of this new unit had the comfort of mom, baby and family in mind. Artwork by Colorado artists greets guests much like in a hotel lobby. Deep blue and green colors invoke a spa-like feeling of calmness and relaxation. All rooms are private, including the rooms for Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) babies, and have plenty of room for family. There’s even a gift shop on the floor featuring women and baby items.
A Life-Giving Atmosphere
Each room is designed to be more experiential rather than procedural. Natural maple cabinets hide high-tech instruments and medical supplies that support the highest level of care while maintaining a soothing atmosphere. Enhancing the patient experience are additional features such as:
iPod Docking Stations – guests can listen and relax to their own playlists
Water Therapy – jetted tubs ease labor pains
Overnight Guests Encouraged – couches that convert to beds for sleeping
Mini Fridges – guests can bring their own refreshments to enjoy
No Visiting Hours – guests are welcome at any time of day
NICU – These Rooms Do it All
For babies needing extra care after birth, there are 30 private neonatal rooms. Moms can sleep right next to their babies in the NICU, and parents of the sickest babies can stay overnight for free in one of the four family suites. The private neonatal rooms are self-contained so that most procedures and tests can be done right in the room, without having to move the fragile little ones to another area of the hospital. For any NICU surgeries, it’s a short distance across the hall to the special surgical suite.
It’s little things like this that add up to make a difference. Mothers have a choice when it comes to where their babies will be born. Staff members of the new Center for Women & Infants are privileged to celebrate the joy of new life with the entire family.