Published on August 11, 2022

Essentia Health-Virginia improves baby-delivery experience with remodeled birthing suites

Essentia Health-Virginia is making the baby-delivery experience more comfortable for moms, partners and families.

The birthplace in the hospital recently underwent a complete remodel of the two birthing suites as well as the postpartum room to make them more private, comfortable and homelike. The project included updating flooring, modernizing the bathroom, adding an additional tub for comfort during and after labor, a sofa with a pullout bed, large TVs and more.

Birthplace Tub“Giving birth is such a special day for any mother, and we really wanted to enhance the experience, making it private, intimate and as comfortable as possible for the whole family,” said Dr. Kelsey Redland-Kladivo, a family medicine physician with obstetrics. “I think patients and their families will find the homelike atmosphere we’ve created to be welcoming and calming.”

“Moms and partners should expect these sorts of accommodations, and we’re happy to provide them,” said Sam Stone, administrator of Essentia Health-Virginia. “This is one of the many ways we can invest in our community and make sure our patients have a good experience and outcome with their care.”

Essentia Health-Virginia offers comprehensive care while keeping patients close to home and eliminating the need to travel to deliver their baby. The well-rounded birth team features three OB/GYNs, four family medicine physicians with surgical OB and a women’s health nurse practitioner. They provide expert, compassionate care from the time you find out you are pregnant, through delivery and beyond.

The team is well-equipped to handle complex births, as well, with a NICU telehealth line to Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth, plus a C-section suite on the labor and delivery floor. Two board-certified lactation consultants help with any breastfeeding questions. There is also a pelvic floor therapist to assist with pregnancy concerns as well as recovery from complex births.

Birthplace BedStone said providing this level of care on the Iron Range is a must.  

“Northern Minnesota has lost some facilities that did baby delivery previously and so we are improving overnight amenities because patients are traveling further than ever before to come here,” said Stone. “We think it’s really important to bring care closer to the communities we are privileged to serve and that’s why we are investing in Virginia — to provide comprehensive care to our patients in rural communities that don’t want to drive an hour or more to get to Duluth. They can receive virtually the same level of care in Virginia, and we’re proud to say that and offer it.”

Tours of the remodeled space are available.