The St. Louis Park, MN birth center will feature four water-birth suits in response to rising demand, as well as additional postpartum suites for families to stay overnight, and other amenities such as breastfeeding recliners and refrigerators. The center will also incorporate a nature theme in patient rooms and use design elements to conceal intimidating high-tech equipment.
The goal of the renovation, which was conceived in 2011, is to create an "optimal healing environment" for expectant moms, Clinical Nursing Director Katherine Todd, whose doctoral work focused on healing design and integrative health, told the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal.
And while the redesign will actually reduce the birth center's patient rooms by four, hospital leaders are confident that patient numbers, which have taken a dip in recent years, will increase.
Last year, Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota opened a $50 million birth center and critical care nursery just 15 minutes away from Methodist, but Todd insists its birthing center renovations are uninfluenced by any competition.
"It's our response to what the community was looking for," she said. "The motivator is really to take the best care of our families."