Published on January 08, 2019

Public Invited to Tour New Maternity Center in Alma January 30

Maternity Training Simulation

Meet Victoria, our training manikin who can talk, breathe and deliver a baby.

Patients at MidMichigan Medical Center – Gratiot will soon have a more comfortable, state-of-the-art and family-centered place to give birth, and the public is invited to tour the new facility.

The public open house will take place Wednesday, Jan. 30, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Medical Center in Alma, and will feature tours and refreshments, an opportunity to meet the obstetrics and gynecology providers, and a demonstration of the Medical Center’s training manikin, which can talk, breathe and deliver a baby. Attendees who bring a new baby item, such as diapers, food, clothing or formula, to donate to Child Advocacy’s Baby Pantry will be entered in a drawing for prizes.

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.

Nurses collecting diaper donations

Bring a new baby item, such as diapers, food, clothing or formula, to donate to Child Advocacy’s Baby Pantry and get entered in a drawing for prizes.

“The new design is the result of a five-year project during which we interviewed our patients, physicians, nurses and other experts to discover their needs,” said Obstetrician/Gynecologist Diane Traenkle, D.O., chair for obstetrics and gynecology at MidMichigan Medical Center – Gratiot. “We’ve incorporated a lot of their wishes, plus many other features that will make this a comfortable, safe and efficient place for mothers and babies.”

Those features include a state-of-the art operating room for caesarian sections and gynecology procedures; a nursery for when babies need monitoring or special procedures; a high-tech security system; and in-room amenities such as large screen TVs, a sleeping couch for the mother’s support person and refrigerators for patients to keep their favorite refreshments close at hand.

“The new Maternity Center will be less hospital-like and more of a home-like environment,” said Kaylee Randall, R.N., maternal child manager at 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 Dr. Traenkle. “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 and have delivered their own babies here,” 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 at MidMichigan Medical Center - Gratiot will continue to serve patients until Monday, Feb. 4, when the new unit opens for patient care.