Published in the Moms & Dads Today magazine, November/December 2016
Coming Soon: A Brand New Birthing Center
St. Luke’s Remodel Will Give Expectant Parents More Options and More Privacy
St. Luke’s Birthing Center is expecting a new arrival—but not
the kind they’re used to. After a full year of planning, then construction
and interior design, St. Luke’s will unveil completely renovated
birthing suites that are designed to make soon-to-be-moms and their families
feel relaxed and at ease. This remodel is another way that St. Luke’s
brings their mission, “The patient. Above all else.” to life.
Everything is centered on the patient experience.
“We’ve combined an upscale hotel feel with home-like comforts,”
explained St. Luke’s Birthing Center Manager Lori Swanson. “We
want expectant moms to feel at home while they’re also surrounded
by medical professionals who they know and trust,” Lori continued.
Once the remodel is finished, all birthing suites will be completely private
throughout the patient’s stay. Each will include its own bathroom,
comfortable seating and mini fridge so families can bring their favorite
foods from home.
Every suite will also have a newborn bathing sink, open storage and an
intuitive design so that guests can feel familiar with birthing suites
right away. All labor suites will feature deep tubs or showers depending
on the patient’s needs.
Calming and Cohesive
“We wanted to make the birthing center a beautiful environment for
families to be in, so we worked with Suzi Vandersteen, a local interior
designer who is focused on healing design,” explained Dr. Elisabeth
Revoir, OB-GYN at St. Luke’s.
This attention to interior design is evident not only in the birthing center’s
calming colors and thoughtful finishes, but also in how easy it is for
patients to feel comfortable by making the space their own.
“Today’s parents like to customize everything in their lives;
they’re very design savvy,” said Vandersteen. “When
we create a well-designed environment that expectant parents can personalize
and feel at home in, we’re creating even more confidence in patients
and in St. Luke’s as a whole. It adds to the care that patients
At St. Luke’s, there is a commitment to individualized care that
extends from doctors and staff to the birthing suites in which moms deliver.
It’s one of the reasons the St. Luke’s
About Baby Birth Plan is a popular tool for pregnant women: it allows them to think through
and plan their ideal delivery setting—from what music is playing
to who they want in the suite.
The goal of St. Luke’s Birthing Center is to offer as many options
as possible so that expectant moms can customize their birth experience.
St. Luke’s is the only hospital in the Twin Ports that can provide
remote wireless telemetry to every laboring patient, so they can walk
around during labor while the well-being of their baby is still being
monitored. St. Luke’s is also the only hospital in the Twin Ports
offering nitrous oxide as an option for pain management during labor.
These options were both available even before the remodel began.
“We aim to provide options to our patients so we can give them the
best birthing experience possible,” said Swanson.
Throughout the process, no detail was overlooked. It started with feedback
from patients and families, care providers who work in the Birthing Center,
and doulas in the community. Patient requests influenced every aspect
of the birthing center design. With every concern in the design of the
space addressed, patients are able to focus on labor and delivery.
During the remodel, the birthing center will stay open so every labor and
delivery will continue as planned. The first few remodeled suites are
now in use, and each one will become available as it is completed. Anticipated
completion for the entire remodel is soon after the New Year.
“I love what I do and being able to offer this new birthing setting
to my patients is very exciting,” said Dr. Revoir.
Birthing Center Remodel Features
- Newly renovated, private labor and delivery suites
- Private, remodeled bathrooms
- Comfortable seating for families
- New, deep tubs or showers in labor suites
- Updated nurse call system which eliminates unnecessary noise
- Convenient charging stations for modern devices
- Mini fridge in room
- Local artwork throughout Birthing Center
BELOW: Dr. Lisa Revoir, OB/GYN, and Lori Swanson, Birthing Center Nurse Manager