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A Look Inside UW Medical Center – Northwest’s Childbirth Center Renovations

On December 8, 2020, UW Medical Center – Northwest opened a renovated wing of its childbirth center to provide spacious, private rooms to mothers and their babies.

This renovation is the first phase of three in a massive construction project that, once complete, will be able to accommodate more births and provide patients spacious rooms designed for birth and recovery.

The updates completed in this phase include seven labor, delivery and recovery rooms; three postpartum rooms; two operating rooms with recovery bays; staff work areas; and a dedicated waiting area. The new labor and delivery rooms are equipped with tubs, birthing tools such as a birthing ball and a squatting bar, and a sleeper couch.

The second phase of renovations, estimated to be completed in August 2021, will modernize another wing of the childbirth center to provide 13 postpartum rooms, team space and a dedicated family waiting area and kitchen.

The final phase is scheduled to be completed in March 2022 and includes a triage area with three exam rooms, a level 2b special care nursery and a staff lounge, conference room and locker room.

childbirth center renovation phases
An overview of which areas in the childbirth center will be renovated in each phase.

In total, the project will renovate around 23,000 square feet of existing space in three adjoining wings of the childbirth center. An additional 3,000 square feet of new space will be built out to house a new cesarean section suite and a dedicated waiting area.

The updates made to the childbirth center will help UW Medical Center – Northwest continue to provide high-quality care in a safe environment. The renovations are designed to support the mother’s entire birth experience — from labor through postpartum care.

Renovated waiting area
The waiting area renovated in phase one.

A renovated patient room
One of the seven renovated patient rooms.

a new operating room
One of the two new operating rooms.

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