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New Children’s hospital to include spa-like birthing center

WVU Medicine 

When the new WVU Medicine Children’s hospital opens next summer, expectant mothers will deliver their babies in a spa-like environment in the hospital’s birthing center.

“Emotions run high during the birth of a baby, and that can lead to feelings of stress, fear and anxiety. When we designed our new birthing center, we wanted to create a calming environment, where mothers-to-be can find comfort knowing they are receiving the care and support they need in a soothing atmosphere,” Amy L. Bush-Marone,  chief operating officer for WVU Medicine Children’s, said. “Fewer places are more calming than spas, which were our inspiration for everything from our room layout to our color scheme. We hope that the birthing center ultimately gives our patients a sense of security so they can focus on what is most important — the safe birth of their babies.” 

Upon arrival on the eighth floor, patients will step out into the center’s lobby area, which will include a front desk, waiting area and family lounge. Of its 30 obstetrics rooms, seven will have  labor tubs. The center includes its own operating rooms for Cesarean sections, with large enough rooms to allow babies to stay with their mothers. It also includes an infant evaluation area and newborn nursery.

“We looked at the entire birth process — from the moment a patient arrives to the time she leaves with her new baby — not only from a medical standpoint but from a patient and family comfort standpoint. We wanted to be able to deliver the same high quality, family-centered care that we have always delivered in a space that best meets the needs of laboring women and new mothers,” Dr. Leo Brancazio, chair of WVU Medicine Obstetrics and Gynecology, said. “The unit is also set up so that if a mother or unborn baby need the latest and most sophisticated care, they can stay in the unit. The birth of a child is a memorable event, and we are proud to be able to share this time with our patients and their families.” 

In addition to the birthing center, the nine-story, 150-bed WVU Medicine Children’s  will include: 

  •  A Pediatric Intensive Care Unit 
  • A Neonatal Intensive Care Unit 
  • A Pediatric Acute Care Unit 
  • Private inpatient rooms with  window views 
  • A dedicated emergency department 
  • Operating rooms, cardiac catheterization, interventional radiology and endoscopy facilities 
  • A medical office building, including pediatric heart and vascular institute, blood disorder and cancer center and maternal-fetal medicine clinics 
  • A pharmacy, pediatric imaging services, a cafeteria and a gift shop 
  • A family resource center 

For more information on the new WVU Medicine Children’s hospital, including ways to support the “Grow Children’s” capital campaign to complete it, visit For more information on WVU Medicine Obstetrics and Gynecology, visit

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