Minimizing separation between patients and their nurses during labor and delivery leads to good things—greater connection with our patients and improved clinical outcomes.
During a typical delivery, nurses can pass in and out of the patient’s room up to 75 times for equipment, supplies and other tasks. That’s a lot of time away from our patients who thrive on our nurses’ support and care.
We aim to change that with three newly remodeled labor and delivery rooms at Fairview Southdale Hospital, designed to enable nurses to spend more time with patients by putting the nurses’ workstation and all supplies right in the rooms.
When it comes to labor and delivery, the more time nurses are able to spend with their patients, the better,” says Sarah Huffman, Fairview Southdale Birthplace nurse manager. “That’s a big part of what makes these new rooms so exciting.”
Anne Larson, the first patient to deliver in one of the new rooms, agrees.
“I was glad and maybe surprised at how much time staff was able to spend with us,” says Anne.
“We had one nurse, Lindsay, during the first part of labor who was checking in frequently but also giving us space. During the pushing phase, the second nurse, Chelsie, was great.”
Anne credits the nurses for guiding and supporting her throughout the birth of her first child, William.
“The nurses were fabulous. I was wondering how coaching would be during the process, and they were excellent. They let me do what I thought I needed and provided information when I asked for it, but weren’t overwhelming,” says Anne.
“They were respectful about what I wanted. I wasn’t sure if I was going to do medication. They left that decision up to me and gave me information but didn’t make a call one way or the other. That was really nice,” says Anne.
Great nursing care is coupled with an improved physical space designed for patients and their families. The new labor and delivery rooms—made possible by donations to the Fairview Foundation—feature hotel-like amenities including:
Portable, inflatable hydrotherapy pools are also are available.
Construction of two additional labor suites at Fairview Southdale is expected to be completed in mid-July. The suites will include similar amenities to the labor and delivery rooms and also will have permanent hydrotherapy pools.
The hydrotherapy pools feature a special valve that enables them to fill with 90 gallons of water in less than 10 minutes, compared to typical tubs that take between 40 minutes and 2.5 hours to fill.