Created: December 02, 2019 07:00 PM
(ABC 6 News) -- As part of the Mayo Clinic Health System’s OB consolidation, a few months ago the ‘Baby Place' in Albert Lea closed its doors. Now, the new center being constructed in Austin has completed phase one of its services.
On Tuesday morning, the Family Birth Center will officially be ready to host expecting moms in its new cesarean section suite.
"This is like Christmas morning for Dr. Goins. We have spent a lot of time over the last two years preparing for this moment and the additional moments to follow, that are going to allow our patients to have an even better experience,” said Dr. Heidi Gaston, I-90 OBGYN department chair.
"It has been near and dear to my heart, to be able to offer this kind of facility in Austin,” said Dr. Jennifer Goins, I-90 anesthesiology department chair.
"I was so excited when they first opened the hallway, that I took every one of our pediatricians that was here and was like, 'You have to come watch this,’” said pediatrics Dr. Sarah Scherger.
Over their years of operation, MCHS has received suggestions from new moms and families. MCHS has now taken those suggestions and used them to create everything from the layout of the rooms to the paint on the walls.
The doctors say it was important to design the room with the idea that they're not only taking care of the mother but also the new baby.
This opening marks the end of phase one in the consolidation between Mayo Clinic’s OB services in Albert Lea and Austin.
"When we combined the unit of the Family Birth Center here in Austin, we did so with the intent to increase safety for our patients and services to them,” Dr. Gaston said.
While the labor and delivery unit has moved, MCHS still offers clinical services in both Austin and Albert Lea.
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