Einstein Philadelphia Enhances Maternity Services With All Private Mother/Baby Rooms
To enhance the childbirth experience at Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia, every woman can now bond with her newborn baby in the comfort of a newly-renovated private mother/baby room. Construction has been under way for more than two years to convert existing mother/baby rooms into all private rooms.
“With the completion of this project, we can provide the privacy that families and mothers deserve, and babies can ‘room in’ day and night with their moms,” says David Jaspan, DO, Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology for Einstein Healthcare Network. “We want babies to stay in the room as much as possible since it facilitates bonding and studies have shown improved outcomes when it comes to follow-up care.”
“With so many hospitals in the Philadelphia region having closed their maternity units, Einstein has reinforced its commitment to mothers and babies by investing in this significant upgrade to its postpartum unit,” says Ruth Lefton, Chief Operating Officer for Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia.
There are now 28 private postpartum rooms where the baby will “room in” with their mother following labor and delivery. Amenities include comfortable sleeper chairs for significant others or family members to stay overnight.
The mother/baby rooms are in addition to nine renovated labor and delivery rooms and two semi-private antepartum rooms where high-risk patients or those with existing medical conditions are treated prior to delivery.
“The rooms were designed to be architecturally ideal for visitors and families,” says Dr. Jaspan. “This includes making sure there are no elevations in the room so a patient doesn’t have to step into a shower, placing railings for maximum patient safety, and installing an exam light in each room for pediatric exams.”
In addition to offering a homier, more comfortable stay, the rooms provide better opportunities for bedside diagnostic testing and breastfeeding instruction and practice. The opportunity for the pediatrics teams to do their exams in the room with the family presents a great opportunity for family members to ask questions and learn about caring for their baby.
“We want babies to stay in the room as much as possible since it facilitates bonding and studies have shown improved outcomes when it comes to follow-up care.”—David Jaspan, DO, Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology for Einstein Healthcare Network
“The private room model helps the nursing staff keep a closer eye on the new relationship between mom and baby,” says Marybeth Lahey, MSN, RN, NE-BC, Nursing Clinical Director of Women’s and Children’s Services. “Since mother and baby are together in the same room, it allows us to better assess the mother and baby together as one unit, as well as provide mom with real-time feedback based on cues from the baby as to how the baby is doing and what they may need.”
The obstetrical unit at Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia is housed over four floors in the Lifter Building. It is staffed 24 hours a day by obstetrical nurses, in-house obstetrician/gynecologists, and a dedicated obstetrical anesthesiologist. The maternal-fetal medicine team is located just steps away from the labor floor.
There is round-the-clock pediatrics and neonatology coverage, including a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Level III with 27 beds.
With the renovation completed, Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia, which delivers approximately 3,000 babies each year, is now one of the only hospitals in the city of Philadelphia to offer all private post-delivery patient rooms. The construction was made possible through a donation of $1.2 million from The Friends of Einstein Healthcare Network (formerly the Auxiliary), which was raised at the 61st annual Harvest Ball held in 2013.