New Options for Expectant Mothers in the Pittsburgh Area

The $7 million project strives to make the experience of welcoming a new baby more pleasant for both the woman and her family.

Expectant mothers and family in the Pittsburgh area, particularly those living in the southern region, have a new option for a comfortable and soothing birth experience.

Washington Health System has announced the completion of Phase 1 of its new CARE Center for Family Birth and Women’s Health. This completes the postpartum and recovery side of the unit and the labor and delivery side is expected to be completed in early 2020.

For a year and a half, WHS spoke with community members and new parents about what would make their hospital stay a more positive experience. The feedback was the driving force of the plan for the new unit.

The $7 million project strives to make the experience of welcoming a new baby more pleasant for both the woman and her family.

The revamped suites allow new moms to recover in a calm and comforting environment in contrast to the standard hospital rooms of the past.

The rooms themselves are larger, with a family nook for meals and other activities, a comfortable couch bed, artwork and a more modern bathroom.

The rooms are even equipped with a Bluetooth speaker system that will allow women to play a custom playlist. The space will allow women to feel more at home, rather than the typical hospital environment.

The 22,000-square-foot space fills the same area of the hospital, but the layout of the space has been adapted to offer a more aesthetically pleasing and functional department.

Additional security measures have been added, including a dedicated elevator specifically for the unit.

To take a virtual tour of the unit visit whs.org/CareCenter.

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