New Woman's “Circle of Care” Mother/Baby UnitDesigned for Family Comfort and Infant Safety
The new Woman’s Hospital Mother-Baby Unit has designed a “circle of care,” designed specifically for comfort and security during those first precious days. Woman’s drew from over 40 years of staff experience and patient feedback, and chose to retain its hallmark design of circular-shaped units and short hallways to further advance infant safety. While the layout is familiar, larger rooms offer additional comfort for new moms and provide a welcoming family experience.
A prominent architectural element of the new hospital is as functional as it is striking. The Woman’s star-shaped architectural design was created to provide exceptional patient comfort and nursing care. “Based on positive feedback from staff and patients, the design of our current units will be carried over to the new hospital. The layout of short hallways that open up into larger areas provides nurses with optimal views of patient rooms, promoting patient security and accessibility as well as a comfortable environment,” explains Dana Vidrine, RN, Director of Woman’s Mother Baby Unit. “Additionally, each nursing pod is equipped with ample supply storage, improving efficiency by reducing travel time outside of the unit.”
Divided between the 3rd and 4th floors, Woman’s has 84 mother-baby rooms. Twelve rooms line each of the star-shaped arms of the hospital and are anchored by a large self-contained nurses’ station. While new moms are encouraged to keep infants in their room for bonding, sometimes a mother needs more rest. To best meet those patients’ needs, Woman’s has incorporated individual infant nurseries on each floor. Their close proximity reduces the distance from their mother’s rooms and improves security.
“A new baby attracts visitors, and the rooms are perfect for accommodating family and friends, while giving mom space for much needed rest,” says Karrie Delise, RN, Manager of Woman’s Mother Baby Unit. With a scenic view from every window, the 390 square feet rooms have a spacious and welcoming feel. Aside from the patient bed, furnishings include a sofa/bed, a glider and a table with two chairs. Solid wood doors eliminate light from nurse’s stations and reduce noise, as do carpeted hallways and padded laminate floors.
“Whether it’s a two-night stay for a vaginal delivery or three nights for a c-section, our goal is to provide a comfortable environment where women and their families feel safe and prepared to care for their new family member,” says Vidrine.
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, 100 Woman's Way located at the corner of Airline Highway and Stumberg Lane, close to Pecue Lane, relocated and opened August 5, 2012.