University of Chicago Medicine and Biological Sciences

Welcoming a new child is a special and exciting time.  It is important that expectant mothers have an environment that offers compassionate, quality care for them and their newborns. The University of Chicago Medicine will open the Family Birth Center’s Mother and Baby Care unit in early March, providing a setting that encourages a warm bond between mother and newborn.

Located on the third floor of the Bernard R. Mitchell Hospital, features of the 21,000-square-foot unit include: 32 private post-partum rooms, a new family waiting room and a reception area. The spacious, light-filled rooms are decorated in soft, warm hues.

The unit was established to provide a state-of-the-art setting for mothers to nurture their newborns, as well as a recovery center for women with complex medical conditions. If a mother or baby needs to stay in the hospital for a longer period, a nearby nursery keeps them close.

“We wanted to create a warm and soothing environment for new mothers to nurture their newborns,” said Kate Jones, executive director of Women’s Care Services. “The rooms are designed to accommodate the entire family and to allow mother and baby to feel comfortable while in our care.”

An integral part of the renovation for the unit also included technology upgrades. UChicago Medicine’s Chicago Biomedicine Information Services (CBIS) and Information Technology Services (ITS) departments partnered with women’s care services to install systems such as nurse call, Cisco phones, and other wireless internet connections to meet patients' needs and to ensure operational efficiency.

“Technology is an important aspect of how we deliver care to our patients" said Jones. "It was imperative for this unit to be compliant with the hospital technology standards and  ensure all of our care providers have access to these technologies as this directly impacts a patient’s experience.”

New mothers will also have access to the GetWellNetwork, an interactive learning tool on inpatient room televisions that is designed to empower patients to participate in their care.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held to celebrate the opening of the unit.

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