ALTON — Having a baby at Alton Memorial Hospital may have just gotten a little bit easier.
A ribbon cutting was held April 16 to introduce the newly renovated and expanded Women’s Health and Childbirth Center. The center, with more than 5,000 additional square feet, now houses new labor/delivery and recovery/post-partum rooms. In addition, there are three new private triage rooms, a new waiting area, and a private and secure birth center entrance.
An increase in births at the hospital (close to 700 last year alone) fueled the project.
“We want to continue to grow our women’s and infants service line and provide the best care close to home,” AMH President Dave Braasch said. “We have seen our deliveries grow substantially.”
The Women’s Health and Childbirth Center, equipped to accommodate 1,000 births a year, is located near the entrance of the Smith Wing. In addition to a safe and secure, round-the-clock entrance, other amenities include a whirlpool tub to help women relax and recover after childbirth and new triage rooms to handle multiple patients.
Once an expectant mother arrives at the hospital, she is quickly escorted to a private birthing suite. For extreme cases when more care is needed, a St. Louis Children’s Hospital Transport Team is on site for transport to a pediatric hospital.
“More and more patients are choosing to deliver here,” manager Jessica Mossman said. “It is because we are big on patient satisfaction. We have great technology and advanced healthcare.”
Mossman also says the staff receives ongoing and continuous education, including Safe Sleep, a public education campaign to help reduce the number of infant fatalities caused by sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and other sleep-related causes of infant death.
To learn more about the amenities and services the AMH Women’s Health and Childbirth center offers, call (618) 463-7455.