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A BI-WEEKLY PUBLICATION FROM THE CEDARS-SINAI CHIEF OF STAFF May 25, 2012 Issue | Archived Issues

Delivering on a beautiful renovation for new moms

With new upgrades that give the Labor and Delivery unit a spa-like feel, mothers will be giving birth at Cedars-Sinai in more comfort than ever.

The first of four phases of renovations for Labor and Delivery are complete after eight months of construction. This phase includes four spacious new labor and delivery rooms, a new operating room geared toward meeting the needs of women having twins, triplets or other multiple births, as well as new workspaces for staff.

"Welcoming a new baby into the family is such an important time in the lives of our patients," said Marle Shelton-Hoff, the Labor and Deliver and Maternal Fetal Care Unit nurse manager. "These new rooms not only provide a beautiful and comfortable environment for them, but also provide better accessibility for our nurses to care for patients."

Spacious bathrooms accompany each room, and two of them include large tubs for the comfort of laboring mothers. Recessed lighting, wood floors, soft green tones and tile offer a spa-like feel to the renovated areas.

Employees also will benefit from the upgrades, with larger work areas for nursing staff, an additional restroom for employees, an office for CN IV nurses and new room for the anesthesiologists who tend to the unit around the clock.

Patients will now be greeted from a large, curved reception counter - rather than the smaller window currently in use.

Employees got their first glimpse of the renovations during an unveiling party on Tuesday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Patients will not be occupying these rooms until licensing is completed in a few months, Shelton-Hoff said. These renovations include converting the small intake rooms to additional labor and delivery suites, as well as expanding some of the staff areas.