It’s been just over four years since I delivered Miss E at Rex Hospital. At the time, based on where we live, Rex was really the only hospital option for me as the WakeMed main campus was too far of a trek. I didn’t want to have to drive any further than I had to.
I don’t remember much about the room I labored in. I’m guessing my mind was elsewhere (ha!). But I do remember the room I labored in with Mr A. It had a tiny TV with a VCR and a fairly old, crappy chair for J to try to sleep in.
Times have changed my friends.
If you are trying to conceive, you now have another option. The new 248,800-square-foot, 61-bed WakeMed North Family Health & Women’s opened on Monday. The hospital brings with it new and expanded services including general surgery, urology, gynecology and obstetrical care as well as maternal-fetal medicine, lactation specialists, gestational diabetes education, pediatric audiology screening and outpatient diagnostic mammography. Childbirth facilities include private labor & delivery rooms, a C-section room, a family-centered postpartum unit and a six-bed Level III Special Care Nursery.
Upon arrival, you’ll go up to the second floor and wait in this lovely area (also where your family can wait for news of delivery!).
Wakemed aimed for a hotel-like feel and I was very impressed. Take this photo for example:
With the exception of the curtain, doesn’t it remind you of a hotel? This is in one of the postpartum rooms. There’s granite counter tops and all the cabinets are wood. It takes away the sterile feel of being in a hospital and I think it will be very well received.
Want to shower after you’ve settled into our postpartum room? Check it out!
The shower might be nicer than the one I have in my house! And I do remember the desperate feeling of wanting to feel like a normal human being after delivery. My bathroom was dark with no natural light and the shower was pretty teeny. This would have been amazing.
And they didn’t forget your partner! Each L&D and postpartum room has a comfy chair and a fold-out couch. Each room even has two TVS! (Nice touch, WakeMed.)
The hospital also offers an array of food services (which take a separate elevator up to the second floor). It’s just to the left when you walk in the main doors so your family won’t have any trouble getting a cup of coffee o!)r a snack while they wait. You’re also guaranteed a decent meal after delivery, which is a huge plus in my book. (They even have a wood-fire oven!)
Currently one WakeMed OB/GYN practice delivers at the new hospital – WakeMed Physician Practices – Women’s Center. You can also see if your OB has privileges. North also has seven OB hospitalists on staff (one OB hospitalist each 12-hour shift, plus one physician for 24-hour backup coverage). They serve as an extension to your own obstetrician, but are available 24/7/365 to deliver your baby should you not have a regular doctor, if you’re visiting from out of town, or if your doctor can’t get to the hospital in time.
It’s an exciting addition to Raleigh’s medical offerings. You should go check it out.
Don’t forget! The campus also serves men and children through North’s existing emergency department and outpatient surgery, rehabilitation, imaging, lab and physician office services.