UofL Health – Mary & Elizabeth Hospital

Mary & Elizabeth Hospital is bringing back labor/delivery services for mothers for the first time since 1974. This is being achieved with partial funding from the Louisville Metro Government -- $8.25 million. Construction on the $20m project is expected to begin in spring 2024.

New vs Proposed The Birthing Center

The new services will allow for care to be administered to mothers by either a certified nurse midwife or an OB/GYN physician. The planned labor/delivery/post-partum suites will be designed in a manner that will invite family participation in the delivery, and all will feature spa-inspired labor tubs.

New Labor & Delivery Services

Over 20k of existing space on the first floor of the hospital near the main entrance will be renovated to create a home for the new labor and delivery services.

The space program for the project includes:

  • 8 LDRPs with a focus on natural childbirth
  • Each LDRP is a suite that includes a spa-inspired labor tub area and bathroom/shower room
  • C-Section suite with one C-section room finished, and one future C-section room shelled out for future growth
  • Well-baby Level 1 nursery
  • Antepartum exam suite
  • Centralized nurse station with maximized visibility
  • Labor Lounge that provides calming and soothing environment for laboring mothers
  • Education classrooms and consult spaces for pre-natal education, lactation consultations, etc.
  • Family Lounge
  • Updated lobby and café space

Timeline and project specifics:

  • Total Square Footage – 20,555 SF total renovation and refurbishment
  • Total Project Cost – Estimated $20m
  • Anticipated Demolition Start – December 2023
  • Anticipated Construction Start – April 2024
  • Anticipated Opening of The Birthing Place – Spring 2025

Existing Women’s Services at Mary & Elizabeth Hospital

A new “Center for Women’s Health” opened on the Mary & Elizabeth campus in December 2022. The center houses the medical offices for gynecology, urogynecology and midwifery.

Across the street from the Center for Women’s Health is Medical Plaza I which houses the Women’s Center. The Women’s Center provides a number of women’s diagnostic services including 3D mammography, ultrasound and stereotactic breast biopsy.

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