Mayo Clinic Health System Austin Family Birth Center

Austin, Minnesota

Consolidating two existing family birth centers into one location, the Mayo Clinic Health System Austin Family Birth Center synthesized a shared vision to create open, serene, and relaxing spaces that serve the needs of patients and families. This complex remodel project supports greater operational efficiencies and reflects their new integrated approach to provide a consistent patient experience throughout their network. Executing the design of their vision within the confines of the existing space came with its challenges and opportunities, including how to best support the many functions of their new Labor/Deliver/Recovery/Postpartum (LDRP) rooms. The LDRP rooms serve from birth through recovery without moving the patient and family, increasing patient satisfaction. To create a more serene space during postpartum recovery, the room was designed to allow for all highly technical medical equipment required during delivery, including the infant warmer and medical gases, to be concealed when no longer needed. Special consideration was given to the design of the patient bathroom to accommodate both a fully accessible shower and birthing tub. A new Family Lounge was provided at the entry to the unit with added amenities aimed at offering comfort and to encourage family involvement.  

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