OGDEN -- Ogden Regional Medical Center has a new wing dedicated solely for women having Caesarean-section deliveries.
The C-wing is the first of its kind in Utah, said hospital marketing director Craig Bielik. It includes eight C-section/postpartum suites, single-room maternity care, newborn and transitional nurseries, larger than normal hospital rooms and rooms fully equipped to handle emergencies.
The new C-wing also includes flat-screen televisions, Wi-Fi access, a sleeper chair and access to the new Ronald McDonald family room.
"It's a complete unit," said Shirley Garcia, a registered nurse and director of women's services. "We will continue to deliver mother and baby care just as we do in the family birthplace."
Garcia said women having C-sections, whether planned or unexpected, require specialized surgical postpartum care. Hospital officials believe the special unit will be more beneficial for patients.
"C-section patients' length of stay is on average 72 hours, where a vaginal delivery is 48 hours," Garcia said. "By providing our C-section patients with their own specialized unit, we will be able to accommodate an increase in vaginal births in the existing family birthplace. This is a win-win situation for all customers, including the OB providers."
A new operating room suite will be located near the new C-wing this year, Garcia said.
Garcia said women have C-sections for various reasons, including high-risk pregnancies, previous C-sections or simply by choice.
According to the National Center for Health Statistics, the number of women having C-sections has doubled over the past decade.