Covenant celebrates completion of birthing center

URBANA — Provena Covenant Medical Center is throwing a party to celebrate the completion of its new Blessed Beginnings Birthing Center, and inviting everyone to sign up to attend.

It will be from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the hospital at 1400 W. Park St., U, and include doctor-led tours of the new birthing center, a doctor panel discussion to answer questions, baby shower games with prizes, mini-manicures, facials and other pampering, and free refreshments.

Also included will be a prenatal yoga demonstration, a chance to meet the hospital's lactation consultant and information about Covenant's nurse partner program that pairs nurses with new moms before, during and after the birth.

Everyone attending will get a free gift, and complimentary child care will be provided, according to a hospital news release. But registration is required because space for this party is limited.

To register, call 1-866-776-8362.

The new birthing center was built in four phases and involved a consolidation of all services for expectant and delivering moms and babies in one space.

It included two new operating rooms dedicated to cesarean procedures, six private labor and delivery rooms, 14 private postpartum rooms, a post-operative/recovery room, a classroom, a regular nursery and special-care nursery. The new patient rooms were given nature-inspired design features and more luxury amenities today's parents are looking for, such as an oversized bathtub in the room, comfortable beds for mom's support person, flat-screen televisions, DVD players and free Wi-Fi, hospital officials said.

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