Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Cookeville Hospital Schedules Open House

With the expansion of the Birthing Center at Cookeville Regional nearing completion, the public is invited to an open house to see the new expansion on Monday, September 13 from 1 to 3 pm and again from 5 to 7 pm. Refreshments will be served and new and expecting parents may register for several door prizes to be given away. The expanded unit now has 12 labor-delivery-recovery (LDR) rooms and six observation beds that are all private rooms. The nursery will be doubled in size with special facilities dedicated to intermediate newborn care for those babies needing more advanced services and treatment. In addition to private post-partum rooms, The Birthing Center also includes cesarean surgical suites and is equipped to handle any complications that may arise during labor that require more complex care. Officials say Cookeville's hospital is responsible for delivering close to 1,600 babies per year. The Birthing Center, they say, focuses on patient needs by providing private rooms with home-like atmospheres. Natural childbirth options are also available and a lactation consultant is available for new mothers who wish to breastfeed. Prenatal, childbirth and infant care classes are also available. For information about these classes, call the Education Center at Cookeville Regional at 931-783-2039.