COON RAPIDS, Minn.
It was opening day at The Mother Baby Center at Mercy with Children's in Coon Rapids, and the first arrival was an out-of-towner. Charlotte Guimont (pictured on left) of Princeton, Minnesota was the first visitor. She went to the new Special Care Nursery. The first baby born at the new Mother Baby Center was Kaliyah Taylor (pictured on right) of Coon Rapids. The hometown girl weighed 7.1 pounds and is 20 inches long.
About The Mother Baby Center at Mercy with Children's
The new Center will provide all mothers and families in the north Twin Cities metro area–including Coon Rapids, Anoka, Buffalo, Maple Grove and neighboring communities–access to a network of world-class, family-centered birthing options closer to home.
The Mother Baby Center is a partnership of Allina Health and Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. The Mother Baby Center at Abbott Northwestern Hospital and Children's, Minneapolis, opened in February 2013. The Mother Baby Center at United Hospital and Children's, St. Paul, now under construction, is slated to open in fall 2015.
The Mother Baby Center at Mercy with Children's, a $30 million initiative, features the only Level II special care nursery in the north metro with private patient rooms, providing in-room accommodations for families to stay together with their baby. For babies born at less than 34 weeks gestation, or for those who require a higher level of care, there will also be a seamless transition to and from The Mother Baby Center at Abbott Northwestern Hospital and Children's in Minneapolis.
"Adding more specialized services at Mercy, especially for high-risk mothers and babies will mean fewer will need to go farther from home for care. We want to keep mothers and babies as close together as possible. Patients are happier when they can receive the care they need close to home. That is what Allina Health aspires to do in all of the communities we serve," said Penny Wheeler, MD, president and chief executive officer, Allina Health.
The two-story Mother Baby Center is attached to Mercy Hospital. For high-risk patients, a skyway will grant connection to the hospital's main operating room. Capacity of The Mother Baby Center at Mercy with Children's will accommodate 3,500 births annually.
"Mothers and families want a personalized and safe birthing experience in a space that is thoughtfully designed, features state of the art technology and is staffed by the highest trained professionals. With Children's as a partner, The Mother Baby Center at Mercy with Children's will optimize the quality of care for all mothers and babies in the north metro," said Robert Bonar, Jr., Dr. H.A., chief executive officer, Children's.
"Building on the experience and success of The Mother Baby Center at Children's and Abbott Northwestern and Children's-Minneapolis, I'm confident this expansion will continue to advance the standards of maternal, fetal and newborn care across the state."
Additional features of The Mother Baby Center at Mercy with Children's include:
- A designated entrance with valet services and immediate access to triage
- 13 labor and delivery rooms
- 27 post-partum rooms
- Two large operating rooms
- An infant resuscitation room
- A 10-room Level II special care nursery with 14 bassinets
- A newborn care area
- Five private triage rooms
- All private patient rooms with full bathrooms, luggage carts, hospitality amenities (hairdryers, large screen TV, iPod docking station, fold-out sleeper sofa, etc.)
- A family lounge dedicated to families whose baby requires neonatal care
With the opening of the new center, the birth centers at Mercy Hospital and Unity Hospital, Coon Rapids, are being combined into the one all-inclusive program at The Mother Baby Center at Mercy with Children's.