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PHOTOS: New postpartum rooms offer skyline views, family amenities and expert care

“The pregnancy and obstetric care we offer has always been state-of-the-art. Now, our surroundings reflect that fact.”
Scroll through our photo gallery to see images from our newly renovated postpartum unit in the Birthplace at University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital.

A new, 24-room postpartum unit that combines innovative care with modern amenities recently opened at University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital.

“The pregnancy and obstetric care we offer has always been state-of-the-art. Now, our surroundings reflect that fact,” said University of Minnesota Health Obstetrician/Gynecologist Carrie Terrell, MD. “Our entire Birthplace has been renovated over the past year to create a warm, welcoming environment for moms, their babies and their families. The new postpartum unit is the jewel in that crown.”

Learn more about our Birthplace renovations.

When Masonic Children’s Hospital was completed in 2011, the top floor of the hospital was left unfinished. University of Minnesota Health staff saw the space as an opportunity to create an innovative care experience for new mothers, said Terrell, the clinical director for the Birthplace. In mid-August, the floor was completed and now houses 24 postpartum rooms designed for moms recovering from childbirth.

Each of the large suites can accommodate several people, with a pullout couch for partners and other family members staying overnight. There are in-room personal refrigerators and microwaves in case hunger strikes, flat-screen TVs for entertainment, free Wi-Fi so happy parents can share their news and large bathrooms with soaking tubs.

Learn more about our Birthplace facilities and services.

“To me, one of the most amazing things about the rooms is the floor-to-ceiling windows,” Terrell said. “There are amazing views, whether you are looking out at downtown Minneapolis or across the river, into Saint Paul.”

The rooms are a beautiful departure from a traditional hospital setting. More importantly, the new unit is a testament to the University of Minnesota Health standards of medical innovation, compassionate care and comprehensive medicine.

“The design of this unit reflects our philosophy: We’ll do what it takes to ensure a positive birthing experience, whatever that means to each individual walking through the doors,” Terrell said.

For newborns who need advanced care, there’s a newly renovated and expanded Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit within a short distance of the Birthplace. New parents whose children are in the NICU are also given iPads with teleconferencing capabilities so they can watch their babies even if work or other responsibilities take them from the hospital. Mothers who need help with breastfeeding can meet with a certified, caring lactation consultant, and birthing tubs are available for women who would like to pursue that option.

Finally, our doctors are implementing new ideas—like tap blocks and “gentle Cesarean section” techniques—to make our deliveries more mom- and baby-friendly.

“The Birthplace,” Terrell said, “is about options.”