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Modern experience meets expert care in newly renovated Birthplace at University of Minnesota Medical Center

The renovation project includes a new postpartum care unit, and significant upgrades to our Neonatal ICU (NICU) and the Maternal Fetal Medicine Center.
A significant renovation project will add private bathrooms, soaking tubs and additional space to our patient rooms at the Birthplace at University of Minnesota Medical Center. The construction is part of a larger rebuild of many of our birth and post-birth services.
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Private bathrooms, soaking tubs, a welcoming look and feel, spacious rooms for patients and families.

Those are just a few of the new amenities that will be added to patient rooms in the Birthplace at University of Minnesota Medical Center during a significant building and renovation project slated for this summer.

The project, which also includes an expansion to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and remodeling at the Maternal Fetal Medicine Center, is designed to create a new, more mother- and family-oriented experience at the Birthplace. The improvements are already underway, and will likely be completed by August 2015, although some construction may be finished earlier.

The state-of-the-art upgrades will bring added comfort to our patients and families. When needed, patients will also have access to expert care from a wide spectrum of specialties. Our providers are skilled in the latest non-invasive treatments, innovative birth techniques and life-saving procedures, giving expectant mothers and their families peace of mind and body.

The most significant portion of the project includes the construction of 24 new, more spacious rooms where families and mothers can celebrate and bond with their new baby or babies. The new rooms will be located on the seventh floor of the South Building, atop University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital. Our best-in-marketplace room amenities will include:

  • Microwaves and refrigerators
  • Flat-panel TVs
  • Private bathrooms with bathtubs in most rooms
  • Floor to ceiling windows with skyline views
  • Nearby nursing stations, family rooms and a patient education room
  • Outpatient lactation services
  • Modern, well-appointed rooms that are welcoming and comfortable to enhance the overall patient experience

These new rooms are scheduled for completion in August. The second phase of this project also involves family-friendly updates to the labor and delivery rooms.

“New mothers can look forward to state-of-the-art medical monitoring,” said Carrie Terrell, MD, the medical director for Women’s Health Specialists. “They will also have a well-designed area for recovery from delivery or cesarean or to establish breast feeding, and in-room soaking tubs. For convenience, the NICU is readily accessible from the unit.”

The Birthplace’s updated look builds upon our tradition of breakthrough, multidisciplinary care. Our experienced medical providers at the Birthplace are always innovating and employing new techniques for labor and delivery, including the tap block, a localized pain management practice that reduces narcotics use and allows mothers to remain more lucid following birth. Our providers also employ gentle C-section advancements that simulate a natural birth and allow a mother and child to bond quickly following surgery.

We also employ industry-leading “tele-health” technology that keeps moms and babies connected when they are both hospitalized in different parts of the hospital, or when parents have to return home while their baby remains in the hospital. Because of the relocations and upgrades, we will be able to continue our long tradition of advanced, family-oriented care.

“We’re implementing innovative care techniques that other hospitals aren’t using,” said Lisa Archer, a nurse manager in the Birthplace.

In addition to the remodeling of our Birthplace, the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital NICU will undergo a 13-bed expansion, which includes 11 state-of-the-art, accommodating private rooms—two of which are designed for twins. These renovations will provide more space for families at their baby’s bedside in the NICU during critical phases of the baby’s healing journey. The private rooms present another option for families as their baby grows stronger and they begin to make the transition out of the hospital. This portion of the work will likely be completed by the end of June.

Finally, the University of Minnesota Health Maternal Fetal Medicine Clinic is undergoing a complete renovation and expansion. This clinic houses our Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment Center, our Perinatal Assessment Clinic and our Fetal Ultrasound suite, which produces highly detailed, 3D and 4D fetal ultrasound images. The planned completion for this project is at the end of July.

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