Mount Sinai Hospital Opens New Birthing Suite

Release date

Friday, August 9th 2013

Chicago, IL, 8/9/13—Mount Sinai Hospital opened its new birthing suite, designed for mothers desiring natural childbirth, with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, August 9. A highlight of the new suite is a laboring tub, which offers women desiring natural childbirth a drug-free way to manage pain and relax during the early stages of labor.

“Over the years, thousands of families have chosen Mount Sinai as the perfect place to deliver their babies,” said Mount Sinai Hospital Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Karen Teitelbaum. “We’re delighted to build on that legacy by offering the new birthing suite, which brings all the comforts of home into the safety and security of a hospital.”

The new suite features soft lighting, a flat screen TV, a queen size bed, refrigerator, small dining area, blanket warmers and best of all, the laboring tub. The entire suite is designed to make labor and delivery a more comfortable and positive experience for parents and their babies. “Warm water immersion in a tub during the first stage of labor helps a woman work with her body,” said Mount Sinai Nursing Director Denise Delves, RN, a nurse-midwife who was instrumental in bringing the birthing suite with laboring tub to the hospital. “It also reduces her blood pressure, and conserves her energy.” The therapeutic benefits of warm water immersion during labor have been known for centuries. Studies have shown that women who use a bath during labor have less pain and fewer epidurals.

The hospital does not use the tub for delivery, but only for the early stage of labor, and only for women who have had healthy, full-term pregnancies.

Mount Sinai Hospital, a member of Sinai Health System, serves the medical needs of the west and southwest Chicago areas from its location in the West Side neighborhood of Chicago. As a national model for the delivery of urban health care, Mount Sinai Hospital ranks among the top 10 percent of hospitals nationwide on national hospital quality measures. About Sinai Health System Sinai Health System, a Chicago-based private, not-for-profit organization, is comprised of seven member organizations: Mount Sinai Hospital, Holy Cross Hospital, Sinai Children’s Hospital, Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital, Sinai Medical Group, Sinai Community Institute and Sinai Urban Health Institute. The system has over 800 physicians on its hospital medical staffs, 695 licensed beds, 100,000+ annual emergency department patient visits and eight physician residency training programs. For more information, go to www.sinai.org.

For more information, expectant parents and health care providers can call: 773.257.2622