Billings Clinic to Open Major Expansion of Family Birth Center
Billings, MT— Billings Clinic announces the opening of a major expansion and renovation that will benefit moms and their families for years to come. In response to an increased need for labor, postpartum, neonatal, and antepartum services, the Family Birth Center has been expanded with six new suites as well as new state-of-the-art C-section operating rooms.
The public is invited to an open house and celebration at the new Family Birth Center on Saturday, May 17, 2014 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. with a ribbon cutting and comments at 11:30 a.m. Tours will be provided and families are encouraged to attend for fun games and face painting. Refreshments that suit both kids and adults will be served. The Family Birth Center is located on the second floor on the east side of Billings Clinic hospital above the Pediatrics Department.
The Family Birth Center is a labor, delivery, recovery, and postpartum (LDRP) model, allowing the mother and family to stay in a single suite throughout the entire birthing process. This model improves efficiency, comfort, and the overall patient experience by providing a home-like atmosphere.
The need for women’s and children’s services at Billings Clinic has grown significantly since the first opening of the Family Birth Center in 1999. Pregnant patients come from a large geographic region covering central and eastern Montana, Northern Wyoming and western North Dakota to receive specialized care in maternal fetal medicine and neonatal intensive care.
Dana Damron, MD, and James Alexander, MD, Billings Clinic maternal fetal medicine specialists, care for patients with complex pregnancies. Many MFM patients stay at the Family Birth Center for several consecutive days before giving birth to have their health and the health of their babies closely monitored.
In the spring of 2013, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) located at the center of the Family Birth Center was renovated and expanded to accommodate up to 19 babies and their families. Nadine Seger, MD, and Fermin Blanco, MD care for babies in the NICU, often for months at a time.
In continuing Billings Clinic’s commitment to hiring local businesses, A & E Architects and Hardy Construction were contracted for the Family Birth Center expansion project.