YNHH opens new Labor and Birth and Maternal Special Care units

Cutting the ribbon to open the new Labor And Birth and Maternal Special Care units at Yale New Haven Hospital are (l-r): Brad Bevers, system executive director, Facilities Design and Construction; Cynthia Sparer, senior vice president, Operations; Hugh Taylor, MD, chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology; Steven Fleischman, associate chief, Obstetrics; Katie Donohue, RN, executive director, Women’s Services; Beth Holveck, RN, PSM, Labor and Delivery; Christian Pettker, MD, medical director, Labor and Birth and Maternal Special Care; Marianne Hatfield, RN, vice president, Patient Services, Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital and Women’s Services; and Marna Borgstrom, CEO, Yale New Haven Health.

On Dec. 5, Yale New Haven Hospital opened new, state-of-the-art Labor and Birth and Maternal Special Care units on WP 4.

The opening marked the last phase of the “First for the Future” project, which included a new Maternity unit, which opened in 2012, and a new Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, which opened last January.

“With this new unit, teams of specialists have the most advanced technology, equipment and facilities readily available to handle even the most challenging deliveries,” said Cynthia Sparer, senior vice president, Operations, YNHH, and executive director, YNHCH. “Families will enjoy a soothing, spa-like atmosphere and amenities designed with family-centered care in mind.”

“These new facilities will provide the best environment for innovations in maternal-fetal care,” said Hugh Taylor, MD, chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology, YNHH. “The entire project demonstrates Yale New Haven Hospital’s commitment to delivering the best care to women and children."

The special features of the new Labor and Birth and Maternal Special Care units include three operating rooms, 11 labor and birthing rooms, 17 maternal special care patient rooms for women with high-risk pregnancies, four recovery rooms, eight triage rooms and a new neonatal resuscitation room with key features identical to those in the neonatal intensive care units.

“We can celebrate the best days of families’ lives here, and help them through their worst,” said Christian Pettker, MD, chief of Obstetrics, YNHH, and medical director, Labor and Birth and Maternal Special Care Unit.