GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) – Spacious rooms, abundant natural light and lots of color. That’s what most impressed some of the pregnant women who toured the new Women’s Children’s Center at Moses Cone Hospital on Feb. 12.
“It’s a big change,” said 27-year-old Telysha Florence, taking in the differences between rooms in the new facility and those at Women’s Hospital. Florence, whose due date is March 29, said she’s most excited by the size of the rooms.
“It’s much bigger and much more accommodating for the family to be together,” the Greensboro resident said. “And it’s much brighter.”
Five years in the making, the $100 million Women’s Children’s Center officially opens to patients on Feb. 23, when the health care system will transfer expectant mothers from Women’s Hospital to the new center.
The center’s 248-square-foot “mother-baby rooms” actually are slightly smaller than those at Women’s Hospital, which were built as semi-private rooms. However, because the new rooms have higher ceilings, more usable space and more light and color, they look much larger, Allred said.
After touring the new center, Lori Poag said her husband “was really impressed with the pull-out b” for family members, noting that he tried one out and found it comfortable. “Before (at Women’s Hospital), he was sleeping in the chair.”
“The staff are very friendly and nice,” said McGhee-Rawls, who’s expecting to give birth to her third girl on April 15. “I love the colors, just everything – the whole atmosphere.”
She’s planning a water birth, which can help manage pain during the birthing process.
The Women’s Children’s Center is only the second hospital in the state that allows water-immersion births, said Amy Skrinjar, the nursing director of labor and delivery who was helping lead tours of the facility.
“It is becoming very popular in our country for women who want to deliver in the water,” Skrinjar said. “Women for years would go and stand in a hot shower when they were in labor because warm water is comforting and soothing. It’s a more natural delivery.”
“I love that they have the big, open space for the family-support center,” Mong said. “There was a lot of conversation around … a community space, where the moms could come and talk to one another and connect with one another.”
Patient rooms have pass-through cabinets for meals and supplies, meaning fewer interruptions to pick up trays and used linens.
The center also is one of the first facilities in the state to offer what it calls “couplet care.” If a mother has a C-section and the baby ne intensive care, the two can remain together with one hospital team.
“We’ll see,” Hezekiah Poag said. “We’ll see.”
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