Preparing for our new delivery: The Mother Baby Center

This is a post by Dr. Michael Slama and Jennifer Olson. Dr. Slama is president of The Mother Baby Center’s clinical service line. Jennifer is the executive director and vice president of operations for The Mother Baby Center’s clinical service line.

The Mother Baby Center

We have a big announcement, and we’re excited to share it on the Kids’ Health Blog. We’re expecting an exciting addition to Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota and Abbott Northwestern Hospital – The Mother Baby Center. Due date: February 2013.

We conceived The Mother Baby Center after years of working together almost exclusively to deliver the best care to new mothers and high-risk newborns. In the event of a high-risk delivery at Abbott Northwestern, babies are historically taken a few blocks away by way of underground tunnel to Children’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) in Minneapolis. While this partnership has worked well, we wanted to provide better care and a better experience at the most appropriate cost for our families.

Enter one of our many crowning achievements – The Mother Baby Center. Located on Children’s – Minneapolis campus and connected by skyway to Abbott Northwestern, The Mother Baby Center will integrate Abbott Northwestern’s maternity and newborn services with Children’s NICU, Special Care Nursery and Infant Care Center (ICC), all under one roof.

The Mother Baby Center reflects a unique partnership that brings together two of the best-known names in mother and baby care. With
more than 4,000 babies born there each year, Abbott Northwestern delivers more babies than any other hospital in the state. Children’s cares for children in all stages of life and was named one of America’s “Best Children’s Hospitals” for its neonatal care, which delivers some of the nation’s best outcomes. These two forces combined make The Mother Baby Center a great place to have a baby and a great place to be a baby.

In the years ahead, we’re committed to delivering an exceptional experience for patients, families, referring physicians and staff; effective outreach programs and services; advanced innovation; programs for healthy families including lactation, maternal mental health and maternal fetal genetics services; and continuous pursuit of quality and research.

We’re also committed to taking our mission beyond the walls of The Mother Baby Center. Through the Kids’ Health Blog, we’ll deliver important information and stories around children’s and women’s health from our physicians, medical experts and our patients. We hope to create a greater sense of community here where staff, families and others can connect. We invite you to leave comments, ask questions, give us feedback and share your stories.

Learn more about The Mother Baby Center at http://www.TheMotherBabyCenter.org. You can also visit our Facebook page here.

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