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New Labor and Delivery Center Underway


Women & Infants, Brown, and local officials break ground for state-of-the-art facility.

On an auspiciously bright spring morning, health care and education leaders joined elected officials for a ceremonial groundbreaking of the Brown University Labor and Delivery Center—a state-of-the-art unit at Care New England’s Women & Infants Hospital, named in recognition of a $5 million gift from Brown in support of the project.

Hospital leaders said the new facility will replace Women & Infants’ top-ranked but outmoded labor and delivery center, enhancing birthing options, ensuring equity for patients, and providing a world-class center in which families from Rhode Island and the surrounding region can deliver their babies.

With more than 80 percent of local families delivering at Women & Infants, Brown is providing financial support to help advance care for women and families, and to invest in first-class hospital facilities for Care New England, one of Rhode Island’s major health care systems and an affiliate of The Warren Alpert Medical School.

During the Wednesday, May 10, groundbreaking event, Brown University President Christina H. Paxson noted that because the quality of health facilities is closely associated with health outcomes, an updated labor and deliver center will provide a multitude of benefits for birthing families as well as the medical experts who care for them.

“What we’re doing here matters for Rhode Island families,” Paxson said. “It matters because improved resources for clinicians and care providers translates into excellent patient and medical outcomes. And it means a more personalized birth experience for the families who come here, which is really important.”

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