CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Mothers who give birth at CAMC Women and Children's Hospital now have an intimate, private space that has been transformed to meet their needs, the hospital's administrator said Monday.
Women and Children's Vice President Andrew Weber unveiled the recently renovated labor and delivery rooms and new private postpartum rooms during an open house hosted on the hospital's second floor.
While the hospital has always offered private labor and delivery rooms and some private postpartum rooms, Weber said making all postpartum rooms private is "an expectation of patients."
Because they shared rooms, mothers had a two-person limit during visitations.
With the hospital's new visitation rules, there isn't a restriction to how many people can stop by the postpartum rooms, said Denise Burgess, director of obstetrical services at Women and Children's.
Finally, the Charleston hospital encourages mother-baby time by allowing the newborn to stay in the mother's private room throughout their entire hospital stay, which is known as "rooming in."
Weber said this 24-hours-a-day relationship improves bonding and breastfeeding and is another request of mothers today.
"These changes have become a must in the world of obstetrical services," Weber said. "The privacy and that intimate environment are imperative."
Women and Children's started its $2 million project to update the rooms in November 2011. Burgess said they completed the project in phases, renovating four rooms at a time.
The 13 labor and delivery rooms and 31 postpartum rooms have light blue, green and beige walls that are "soothing for moms," she said.
The light blue reclining and rocking chairs look more like home furniture rather than something that belongs in an institution, Burgess said. Floral artwork hangs above each bed, and mirrors adorn cabinet doors.
Much of the rooms' decor -- from the newborn's crib and infant warmer to cabinets and closets -- is made up of light-colored wood.