New Mother-Baby Unit Opens at BMC
Over 2,500 babies are born every year at BMC.
Now, with the opening of the Mother-Baby Unit,
mothers and their newborns have a lovely new
facility in which to recuperate after birth.
The brand new Mother-Baby Unit, which opened last September, features all private, single-family rooms, each with a private bath and large windows facing out to the BMC campus and Boston skyline. A bright nursery with several bassinets sits at one end of the Unit’s wing, and 17 rooms for mothers and their visiting families are spread throughout the Unit. There are also small conference rooms for holding educational classes on infant massage and breastfeeding which are offered in both English and Spanish.
Approximately 2,500 babies are delivered annually at BMC, which has been certified by the World Health Organization/UNICEF as a “Baby-Friendly” hospital—the only hospital in the region to receive such a distinction. “The OB/GYN and labor and delivery departments at BMC have had care that is equal to the rest of the city; now, we have the postpartum accommodations to match,” says Aviva Lee-Parritz, M.D., vice chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at BMC.
BMC specializes in culturally-competent as well as high-risk pregnancy care, and one-third of women delivering here have been referred from one of BMC’s affiliated community health centers. The physicians, nurses, midwives and Birth Sisters (doulas) come from many cultures and countries, including Latin America, Haiti and Cape Verde among others. Each caregiver strives to provide BMC’s diverse patient population with respectful and culturally-sensitive care.>
The comprehensive system of care for new mothers and their infants includes the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, lactation services, and ambulatory services for diabetes, HIV and addiction in pregnancy. “We strive every day to provide every patient who comes through our doors with the highest level of care—the same level of care that I would expect for me and my family,” says Dr. Lee-Parritz.
For a tour of our state-of-the-art labor and delivery and postpartum units, or for more information about the services available to you and your baby, please call 617.414.5200 or visit www.bmc.org/baby.