The Family Birth Center at Garden Park Medical Center delivers not only babies, but patients’ dreams of the experience.
“Our motto is we don’t just deliver babies, we deliver dreams,” says Randy Rogers, center CEO. “I hope we can fulfill the dreams of our patients by offering an exceptional experience.”
Part of the medical center’s dreams was realized in March of 2014 when the hospital was approved of a Level II perinatal, Special Care Nursery.
“We can offer a higher level of care to newborns in the birth center, Garden Park’s Labor and Delivery Unit. We are expected to be in full operation by the end of the 2017,” says Wanda McClain, a 40-year veteran in the nursing field and director of Labor and Delivery. “In addition to our talented pediatricians, we are adding and maintaining a staff of neonatologist and neonatal nurse practitioners through a partnership with Tulane Medical Center Group, our sister facility under the Hospital Corporation of America umbrella.
“I am excited that we are bringing this to our organization. We listened to our community and worked toward fulfilling a need,” McClain says. “Hopefully, this will lessen the anxiety of new mothers and reduce the fear of having to be separated from her infant that may occur if he or she needed a higher level of care. The Level II will reduce this occurrence.”
Having a baby, especially for the first time, comes with enough anxiety. McClain and staff want to help families feel secure in their decisions to choose a facility that takes compassionate care of the mothers, fathers and infants.
To accommodate the expansion, the unit is expanding to include dedicated space for infants born at 32 weeks or more, or who are moderately ill with problems that are expected to resolve rapidly and are not anticipated to need subspecialty services on an urgent basis.
“Developing the capability to stabilize and treat infants born after 32 weeks was our primary goal,” Rogers says. “I have five kids, two of which were born prematurely. Their births were the most important times in my life, and I had great experiences. I want to ensure our patients have one within our facility as well, and knowing that we have trained specialists that provide quality care is key.”
In addition to the Level II nursery that will accommodate infants, the nine-bed deluxe labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum (LDRP) suites are beautifully decorated and equipped with the latest technology for a safe, comfortable delivery for the mother and new babies. The mother remains in the suite during the entire birthing process — throughout labor, delivery, and recovery and postpartum. It’s the perfect setting for a family-centered approach to childbirth.