WAYZATA, Minn. - Our next backyard incorporates utilizing your land, property and gardens for charitable purposes. Today we are gathering at a home on Lake Minnetonka at Spirit Knob Point, a Native American spiritual place, recognizing the new Mother Baby Center that will be opening soon at Abbott Northwestern.
Today 150 people are gathering to celebrate the upcoming opening of the new mother and child birthing center in which Abbott Northwestern and Minneapolis Children's Hospital have partnered together to provide the best care possible for both mother and baby. For decades, critically ill babies born at Abbott have been whisked through an underground tunnel for emergency care at Children's of Minnesota. It is stressful to separate mothers from their babies immediately after birth, but in order to provide the best care possible for both mother and baby this quick hospital transition was necessary.
Soon, the need to separate mother and baby will no longer be necessary. Recognizing the need for a central place where mothers and infants could bond while receiving the highest level of care, Abbott Northwestern and Children's of Minneapolis have partnered to create The Mother Baby Center. The Mother Baby Center at Abbott Northwestern and Minneapolis Children's will merge Abbott's labor, delivery and newborn nurseries with Children's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Special Care Nursery and Infant Care Center.
Located on Children's campus on the north side of 26th Street, will have a dedicated entrance for expectant moms and families. The new 96,000 square foot, four-story building will include 24 private patient rooms, 20-bed ante-partum/post partum unit, 13 labor and delivery rooms, three operating rooms and skyway access to Abbott.
Allina and Children's have a had a solid history of successful collaborations. The two systems operate under a similar model on the St. Paul campus. United Hospital's birthing center is across the hall from Children's NICU. These partnerships have provided a strong foundation to build upon, and the same is expected for Abbott and Children's.
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