By GREGORY ZELLER //
After nine months of hard labor, Huntington Hospital has given birth to its newest specialized medical center.
The hospital this week cut the cord (sorry, the ribbon) on its expanded Center for Mothers and Babies. Featuring 19 single-patient rooms – each with a comfy sleeper sofa and its own private bathroom, and each of those with its own shower stall – the center is chock-full of amenities for babies, new moms and their significant others.
The new layout also includes a 26-bassinet nursery and is designed specifically to promote “couplet care,” a progressive care model for mothers and newborns designed to encourage postpartum bonding.
Among those commemorating the opening of the new center, which grew up fast during nine months of renovations that started in January, was midwife Laura Jabbour, who is nine months along herself and looking forward to being “one of the first women to deliver in this beautiful, state-of-the-art space.”
“I’m also looking forward to returning from my maternity leave to deliver our newest neighbors in this new unit,” Jabbour said Tuesday.
Also on staff at the new Center for Mothers and Babies is a bilingual lactation consultant, on-hand to educate new mothers about the benefits and best practices of breastfeeding.
And in addition to topflight medical care, new moms can expect what the hospital called “spa-like” treatment, including a plush robe and a “celebratory filet mignon and lobster tail dinner” with their significant other.
Huntington Hospital Executive Director Gerard Brogan praised the architects, engineers and numerous hospital employees who worked hard to deliver the new center on schedule.
“I appreciate all of the hard work of those who have helped design and create this special place,” Brogan said in a statement, adding the center is an ideal place for “our world-class obstetricians and midwives, Magnet Award-winning nurses and maternity staff to provide a memorable experience for our community members as they welcome their new baby.”