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MVHS Opens New Maternity Center

Center offers new choice to moms, physicians who want to deliver close to home

Dayton, OH (August 13, 2012) – The most recent expansion at Miami Valley Hospital South is nearly complete, but the finishing touches will come two tiny feet at a time.

This month the Centerville campus will open its doors to its much anticipated maternity center, offering the same expertise, leadership and care mothers have come to love at its downtown location. The center – equipped with a Level II newborn nursery and capabilities to handle nearly every birthing plan – provides parents with a new choice when deciding where to celebrate one of the most important moments of their lives.

The center will be unveiled Saturday, August 18 at a public open house and baby fair from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The public will be able to tour the facility and enjoy exhibitors, live music and entertainment. A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held earlier at 1:30 p.m. The maternity center will be ready to receive its first patients August 27th.

The nearly 30,000-square-foot center includes five labor and delivery suites, two surgical suites for c-section deliveries and 16 private after-birthing suites.  The center’s services include maternal-fetal medicine and advanced ultrasound, lactation consultation, birth and family education classes, massage therapy and a birthing tub suite. Fifty employees were hired as part of the expansion.

Though the center was designed for low-risk pregnancies, it does however offer the expertise of a staff trained in Level III high-risk competencies. And unlike other Level II maternity centers, this one will have a board-certified obstetrician on-staff around the clock to monitor women until their own doctor is able to make it to their side.

“The staff working at MVHS is trained the same as the staff at the downtown campus,” said Chris Sexton, director of clinical operations women’s services. “It’s important that parents realize while Miami Valley has two locations, it is really one hospital connected by one really long hallway. While the level of nursery capabilities is different at each campus, staff competency is not.”

Every detail of the new center was designed with moms and babies in mind. Large wall-to-wall windows allow natural light to flood both the birthing rooms and the post-birthing rooms while rich wood and cozy furnishings provide the homelike environment families have come to expect. When pushed, a special button just outside the birthing rooms activate “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” throughout the entire hospital system, signaling that another life has entered the world. Meanwhile, tiny twinkling lights in the maternity center’s main rotunda begin to dance.

Obstetricians and pediatricians were part of the design process from the beginning, lending their advice on how to create a family centered care environment. As a result, the hospital incorporated small, yet significant details. Post-birthing rooms, for example, are more spacious than usual so baby can stay with mom even while pediatricians are doing exams.

“We have a wonderful group of physicians who have been championing this and we could never have done it without them,” Sexton said.

The maternity center is capable of handling a variety of birthing plans, including natural childbirth. One of the birthing suites is equipped with a large tub and additional portable tubs are available if moms in other rooms desire a water birth. The center will also implement its new “magical hour” where mom and baby are allowed to bond together for an hour right after birth instead of being separated. Babies who pass a quick assessment will be placed on mom’s stomach and guided up to her chest where he or she can then cuddle or breastfeed.

“We know how important this time is for mom and baby. It’s all part of allowing the baby to experience that transition from mom’s safe womb to the bustling world.” Sexton said. “It’s a very important component of childbirth and we are very mindful of it.”

The first baby to be born at MVHS’ maternity center will receive a year’s worth of cloth diapers for free. The first 500 babies born at the center will receive a specially designed onesie.

Growth at MVH’s Centerville location is nothing new. The maternity center is the most recent in a line of additions made to MVH’s south campus. The location has grown exponentially since it first opened as a health center in 2007. Demand for its services has led it to expand into a hospital including a hyperbaric oxygen therapy and a surgical center. Its emergency department alone had over 30,000 visits in 2011. Meanwhile, work is being done now on the hospital’s new 87,000-square-foot cancer center, which will hold its grand opening on New Year’s Eve 2012.