Regions Hospital

Family Birth Center

An exterior view of the birth center entry
The main reception desk with backlit signage that emulates stone and bright interior lighting.
A couplet care room with beds for mother and baby to stay close in NICU situations.
A family enjoying the seating space in a post op room.
An outdoor patio and greenspace for families and staff to relax.
A water birth room with private tub and complementary resources.
A staff break area with floor to ceiling windows and shared amenities.
The footwall of a post op room with large monitor and nurses station.
A nurse station touchdown between two post op rooms.
View from the corridor into two post op rooms with green entry wayfinding.
View from the nurse station into the MAC patient rooms.
Open waiting seating in the Labor and Delivery unit.
View from the main reception desk to the main circulation corridor.

Regions Hospital

Family Birth Center

Saint Paul, Minn.

2021 Real Estate Medical – East Award, Real Estate Journal, Minnesota

Top Projects of 2020, Finance & Commerce, Minnesota

Designed to comfort mothers, babies, and families, alike, the new Regions Hospital Family Birth Center offers the latest care choices within a supportive environment that emulates the hospitality market. By working closely with HealthPartners and Regions Hospital care providers in the planning process, the team optimized a birth center design that resonates with the multicultural desires of urban Millennial mothers in the Twin Cities.

To provide a more family-centered approach to healthcare, Regions is among the first hospitals in the Midwestern region to offer enhanced couplet care rooms — a progressive birthing model that allows mother and baby to remain together in the same room, even when special needs, such as Level III NICU status, are involved. These rooms are more flexible to accommodate multiple births as well as larger and culturally diverse families. Dedicated staff education and simulation facilities are a key part of the center’s cross-training commitment as enhanced models of care are implemented.

Industry research and interactive room mock-ups heavily informed the design. Clean, fresh interior finishes pair a modern color scheme with geometric patterns to enhance wayfinding without overstimulation. Features such as signage translated in seven languages, healthy food options in the cafeteria, and meditation spaces aid in the comfort of sometimes stressful situations. Staff experience similar soothing touches in break rooms, lactation spaces, and accessible, gender-neutral amenities.

Size: 160,000 sq. ft.

Components: Birthing Suite: four antepartum rooms, seven labor-delivery rooms, and two boutique water birthing suites

Post-Partum Suite: 10 post-partum rooms, five enhanced couplet care rooms, and eight NICU beds

Hospitable finishes such as in-room mini refrigerators and luggage storage; public meeting space; 40-car parking area

Completion: 2020