New Maternity Center Builds on Patient Feedback to Deliver Comfort and Family-Centered Care
Nurses and Providers at MidMichigan Medical Center – Gratiot review the plans for a new Maternity Unit slated to open early in 2019. The new unit will feature 9 private birthing suites with comfortable accommodations for families to stay together during and after the birth, plus other amenities designed to enhance safety, comfort and efficiency.
Patients at MidMichigan Medical Center – Gratiot will soon have a more comfortable, state-of-the-art and family-centered place to give birth. The Medical Center has begun construction on a new Maternity Center inside the patient tower, slated to open in early 2019.
The new Maternity Center will have three triage rooms plus nine private birthing suites where moms can stay in one location throughout their hospital stay, from labor and delivery through recovery and postpartum care. Rooms are designed with the family in mind, offering more space and comfortable accommodations for the baby and support partner to stay with mom. Larger rooms also improve access for clinical staff to provide bedside education and care for the mother and baby.
The new design is the culmination of a five-year project during which the hospital sought input from patients, physicians, nurses and other experts to meet the needs of today’s families while enhancing safety and improving flow for staff.
“Part of the process was interviewing women and asking what they would like to see in the new unit,” said Obstetrician/Gynecologist Mark Maslovich, M.D., department chair for Obstetrics and Gynecology at MidMichigan Medical Center – Gratiot. “We’ve incorporated a lot of those things from the wish list plus many other features to make this a center of excellence for mother and baby.”
According to Dr. Maslovich, some of those features include a state-of-the art operating room for caesarian sections and gynecology procedures; large walk-in tubs enabling moms to safely and quickly access a warm bath for pain relief during labor; a nursery for when babies need monitoring or special procedures; a paramount security system, as well as and in-room refrigerators for patients to keep their favorite refreshments close at hand.
Many of the maternity nurses at MidMichigan Medical Center – Gratiot have delivered their own children at the medical center or will give birth there in the near future. Providers and staff drew upon their experience as both parents and caregivers to design the new unit, in addition to gathering feedback from patients.
“The new Maternity Center will be less hospital-like and more of a home-like environment,” said Kaylee Randall, R.N., maternal child manager, MidMichigan Medical Center – Gratiot. “When patients walk in the door, they will see an attractive, welcoming place where friendly people will greet them and explain what will happen during their labor process to make it the best possible experience for them on an individual basis.”
“In addition to being a physician for 20 years, I’ve also had the opportunity to be a mother, and I’ve delivered four children in four different hospitals including Gratiot,” said Diane Traenkle, M.D., an obstetrician/gynecologist at MidMichigan Medical Center – Gratiot. “That insight into what makes a patient comfortable was always in my input, as well as most likely all of the other women who had input into the development of this unit.”
“Most of our staff have been patients here, have delivered their own babies here, and we have multiple staff who are currently expecting,” Randall added. “That really gives them insight into the flow of the unit and how they see the unit as a patient and not just a caregiver, which has influenced the decisions to make this new unit the most family-friendly possible.”
The existing Maternity Center will continue to serve patients while the new center is constructed.