Published on November 17, 2021

Essentia Health unveils new labor and delivery rooms

Welcoming a baby into the world is an experience like no other. At Essentia Health, we provide patient-centered, high-quality care that is second to none, with a comfortable, welcoming and relaxed atmosphere.

Dramatic changes have been delivered to the birthing center at Essentia Health-Fargo. Remodeling is now complete in our 15 labor and delivery rooms on the top floor of the hospital, where floor-to-ceiling windows provide a breathtaking view.

Each room features nearly 420 square feet of space and is designed with the comfort, health and safety of mom and baby first and foremost. Rooms have a fireplace, calm and soothing décor, a whirlpool tub, mini fridge, music, dimmable lighting and aromatherapy. Birth partners now have a couch that converts to a sofa-sleeper for a more comfortable stay.

Virtual tours can be done online.

The rooms are designed to serve the needs of Essentia’s labor, delivery, recovery, post-partum (LDRP) model of care. Each room features necessary supplies, equipment and amenities a laboring woman needs, as well as items for recovery and post-partum care. One-on-one care is provided for laboring moms by highly skilled nursing staff.

“Having an LDRP model, where families are able to stay in their birthing suites their entire stay, has long been a request from our patients,” said Kecia Lund, nursing director for women’s and children’s services at Essentia Health-Fargo. “We are so excited to be able to offer this model of care. In addition, we wanted to create a spa- or hotel-like environment for our patients and their families as we support them on this amazing journey of welcoming their new baby.”

In the case of a cesarean section delivery, the operating room suite is on the same floor, and your labor nurse accompanies you to the procedure. Patients will notice there is no change in their care team if a C-section is needed.

Rooms are designed to be used in high-risk deliveries, as well. Each room features dedicated space if a baby needs additional care from our neonatal intensive care team after birth. Board-certified neonatologists are available 24/7 to be at your delivery if necessary. Essentia features a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) for babies born as early as 23 weeks or having any kind of complication or additional care needs.

Essentia’s NICU features large, private, family-centered rooms with space and amenities for parents to stay at all times. Plus, a Ronald McDonald Room is just down the hall for parents to step away, grab a snack or take a shower, all while still being close.

Essentia is the only Baby Friendly-designated hospital in Fargo and one of only two in the entire state. Baby Friendly hospitals are the gold standard in breastfeeding and bonding practices between mother and child. Designation involves a rigorous process, including application, on-site review and patient audits.

Baby Friendly means Essentia is committed to providing evidence-based care and education to give parents the information they need to make informed decisions about how they want to feed and care for their baby, free from commercial interests and focused on what is best for baby. Your feeding choice is respected and supported, and caregivers provide the same level of information, education and support to each and every mother.

Essentia Health-Fargo also has added Dr. Michelle Wyatt, a maternal-fetal medicine specialist, to its OB team and has partnered with CCRM Fertility to offer additional fertility services in Fargo.

Learn more about Essentia Health’s high-quality, patient-centered care in the Birthing Center and our Women’s and Children’s department by visiting Begin your journey to parenthood with one of the impeccably capable providers you can find on our website.

To schedule a tour of the birthing center or to request additional photos, contact Louie St. George at Essentia Health.

To coordinate interviews, photos, and/or video, contact the media relations team.

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