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First babies delivered at The Mother Baby Center at United and Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota – St. Paul

ST. PAUL, Minn. 10/27/2015

Mary and Steve Shay, Hudson, Wis., are the proud parents of baby girl Cami, the first baby born at the new Mother Baby Center at United and Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota St. Paul. Cami was born at 2:02 p.m., Monday, on the opening day for the Center.

First baby delivered at The Mother Baby Center at United and Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota – St. PaulCami weighed 3 pounds, 14 ounces and was 15.5 inches long at birth.

The first baby boy born at the Center is Wyatt, born to his parents, are Kelsey and Aaron Harmon. He was born just before 5 p.m., Monday. Altogether, four babies were born at the new Mother Baby Center at United and Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota St. Paul on opening day.

About The Mother BabyCenter at United and Children’s Minnesota St. Paul

The Mother Baby Center at United and Children’s – St. Paul is the culmination of creating new spaces and renovating current spaces, creating the ultimate mom and baby facility. The new Center, which opened to expectant families on Monday, Oct. 26, 2015 at 7:30 a.m. It provides mothers and families in the east Twin Cities metro area access to a network of world-class, family-centered birthing options closer to home.

This is the third Mother Baby Center collaboration between Allina Health and Children's Minnesota. It builds on the experience and success of The Mother Baby Center at Abbott Northwestern and Children’s Minnesota Minneapolis campus and at Mercy Hospital with Children’s Minnesota, which opened this summer. In St. Paul, United and Children’s Minnesota have been working together for more than 30 years to provide moms and babies in the east metro an exceptional birth and baby experience. Now, through the formal partnership between Allina Health and Children’s Minnesota, this collaboration is growing with The Mother Baby Center at United and Children’s – St. Paul.

The opening of the new Mother Baby Center at United and Children’s Minnesota – St. Paul marks the completion of phase one of the new Center. Phase two is scheduled to be completed in fall 2016.

Phase one of the Center features:

  • Family-focused design to keep mothers and babies together and foster bonding.
  • 30,000+ square feet of new space:
    • Six triage rooms
    • 11 labor and delivery rooms
      • One room will have a permanent water birth tub
      • All rooms equipped for inflatable water birth tubs
  • Three operating rooms (ORs)
  • Quiet room designed for cultural celebrations, reflection and honor ceremonies after the birth or loss of a child
    • I.e. sage burning, blessings or bereavement
    • Oval design evokes a warm embrace
  • Four antepartum rooms
  • Exterior – new entrance and skyway designed for easy patient access

Hospitality amenities – L&D rooms equipped with patient-controlled blinds, SmartTVs, WiFi, Bluetooth and more – all to help mothers and families feel more at ease.

Expanded programs and services:

  • Integrative medicine options  Penny George Institute for Health and Healing
  • Midwifery services

Nurseries to match each baby’s specific needs, including a newborn care area, Level II special care nursery and Level III NICU.

Phase two features include:

  • New NICU
  • 30 new rooms for families after birth (postpartum)
  • Nine new rooms for mothers on bed rest (antepartum)
  • Improved facilities for providers and staff

About Allina Health

Allina Health is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of illness and enhancing the greater health of individuals, families and communities throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin. A not-for-profit health care system, Allina Health cares for patients from beginning to end-of-life through its 90+ clinics, 12 hospitals, 15 retail pharmacies, specialty care centers and specialty medical services, home care, home oxygen and medical equipment and emergency medical transportation services

For more information, visit us at allinahealth.org, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or Healthy Set Go.

About Children's Minnesota

Children's Minnesota is one of the largest pediatric health systems in the United States and the only health system in Minnesota to provide care exclusively to children, from before birth through young adulthood. An independent and not-for-profit system since 1924, Children's Minnesota serves kids throughout the Upper Midwest at two free-standing hospitals, 12 primary and specialty-care clinics and six rehabilitation sites.

Children's Minnesota maintains its longstanding commitment to the community to improve children's health by providing high-quality, family-centered pediatric services and advancing those efforts through research and education. This work is made possible in large part by generous philanthropic and volunteer support from individuals and organizations throughout the state and region.

An award-winning health system, Children's Minnesota is regularly ranked by U.S. News & World Report as a top children's hospital. Please visit childrensMN.org.