Updated birthing suites deliver extra comfort

  • Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Trident Medical Center (TMC) has updated, refreshed and restyled the nine birthing suites in The Family Center.

"They are absolutely beautiful," says Deona Ryan, director of Women's and Children's Services. "They have a very soft feel, and we've provided everything possible to make everyone's experience comfortable. The patients who have delivered in them have loved them."

The new look includes elegantly tiled sinks with waterfall faucets. Each room includes either a shower or whirlpool tub, which can help with relaxation during labor and offset discomfort during contractions. The hardwood floors have been refinished as well.

A mother typically will stay in her birthing suite throughout the labor and delivery process and spend an hour or two there afterward with her baby. To help promote bonding, the birthing suites have new overhead lighting systems that can be softened to promote skin-to-skin bonding between mother and newborn, giving the child the best start possible.

In addition to the birthing suite improvements, The Family Center made over its two operating rooms for labor and delivery. "We made them bigger, brighter and more beautiful," says Ryan.

Equipment updates for the birthing and surgical suites include new Panda® Warmers, which keep newborns content as they are being checked and cared for by the medical team.

The changes were completed in December, Ryan says. "They were a great Christmas present to us."

Chris Blough of Ladson has given birth four times at Trident Medical Center, starting off in the mid '90s, and her newest baby, Jillian, the only girl in the bunch, arrived this summer. Blough has seen the facilities at TMC change through the years and this time was especially impressed at the extra space in her birthing suite, which made it more comfortable for family members to join her through the day. She also appreciated the convenient placement of her bed, just a few steps from the bathroom. "The layout of the rooms has greatly improved," she says.

Her suite included a cushioned window seat "long enough that someone could take a nap if they wanted" and "drawers everywhere" so she had ample space to put her personal things. The medical staff also had extra storage available for their equipment. "Everything was convenient for them and for us."

Jillian was running late and stubborn during delivery, her mom reports, so the process lasted from 6 a.m. to a few minutes after midnight. Yet Blough was pleased overall with the facilities and the care they received. "Our experience in the birthing suite was wonderful."

To schedule a Labor and Delivery tour at Trident or Summerville Medical Center, please call 843-797-3463.

Callout: "We made them bigger, brighter and more beautiful." - Deona Ryan, director of Women's and Children's Services

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