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Spring 2008

New UCLA Birthing Center Opens in Santa Monica

New UCLA birthing center opens in Santa MonicaA newly opened birthing center at UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica is designed to enable family members to play a greater role in the process of welcoming their new arrival.

The BirthPlace is a comprehensive maternity center that includes, among its amenities, a family dining room, two large waiting areas, a play area for children and dedicated lactation spaces. In addition to featuring all of the latest technology, labor/delivery/recovery rooms were designed to recreate the feel of the home environment; these rooms feature flat-screen televisions, wireless capabilities and chairs that can be converted into sleepers for overnight guests.

All of the nurses at the facility take extra training to become breastfeeding specialists, and lactation educators are there seven days a week to visit and assist the new parents. “Research has shown that getting the family more involved not only enhances the experience but improves outcomes,” says Lynn Sullivan, community programs manager for The BirthPlace. “We felt it was important to make this center as visitor- and family-friendly as possible.”

For a tour or more information call (310) 319-4947.


To view a video of The BirthPlace, go to http://streaming.uclahealth.org/TheBirthPlace

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