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New Woman's Antepartum UnitHome Away From Home

Some women experience complications during their pregnancy that require them to stay in the hospital. For these women, the new Woman's Antepartum Unit was designed to be a home away from home. Located adjacent to Labor and Delivery on the hospital's 2nd floor, the 20-bed unit features amenities specifically designed for the patient on bed rest.

"Women can be placed on bed rest at any time during their pregnancy for a variety of conditions. For this reason, we created a positive setting to make patients comfortable and be able to welcome family and friends," explains Marree Saltaformaggio, RN, manager of Antepartum. "The large patient room, at 390 square feet, is an important factor in making our guests feel like they are almost at home." Every room has wood-grained floors, a sofa/bed and a table and chairs for visitors and a view of the Woman's lake.
 
The rooms also feature soaking tubs, which may improve amniotic fluid levels in some women. Hallways are carpeted to reduce sound, and patient room doors are solid wood to eliminate nighttime light from nurse's stations and to reduce noise.

"Bed rest can be difficult for women, as they are away from their family and friends, so we've created a supportive environment where they can learn more about their condition - it's called 'Ocentering pregnancy'," explains Cheri Johnson, RN, director of Obstetrical Services. In the Antepartum Patient/Family Education room, patients in similar situations can connect to each other and support one another. It's also a place for staff to help women learn important information before and after delivery. This education results in better outcomes for the mother and baby.

The new Woman's Antepartum Unit is often a home away from home for women who do not have family nearby. Woman's Maternal-Fetal Medicine physicians travel daily across the state helping women with high risk pregnancies. Often those women are from surrounding parishes and are transferred to Woman's when they need more specialized care than is available in their communities. Because family members often stay for several days, a washer, dryer and a kitchenette is provided for their convenience.

One of the joys of being pregnant is sharing the experience with family and friends ­ an experience often commemorated through a baby shower. Five conference rooms and a private family lounge are available for gatherings. "Everything we do is to make our patients and their families feel at home, while under high-tech care. Keeping women and their infants safe and healthy is our top priority, and we want them to feel cared for," says Johnson.

Woman's always strives to provide exceptional care. At the new campus, thoughtful measures have been taken to improve efficiency, comfort and the overall patient experience. Our new hospital is located at the corner of Airline Highway and Pecue Lane.

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