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Are you planning or preparing for a very special delivery in the future? Our caring obstetrics staff is here to help you and your family plan and prepare for your labor and delivery and beyond. Our local experts and specialists know you personally and can continue to provide you and your baby the care you need, when you need it. If you need more specialized care, we can connect you with Mayo Clinic specialists that are right for you and your specific care needs.
We even offer neonatology care that allows us to connect via video with a team of experts at Mayo Clinic should you need specialized care in the delivery room. Even though this is rarely needed, it offers peace of mind and is a great benefit to you and our staff if the situation and need arises.
When is labor and deliveries moving to the Austin campus?
The tentative timeline for transitioning all labor and deliveries to the new Family Birth Center in Austin is mid-to-late 2020. We have said from the beginning that transition timelines for moving all labor and deliveries from the Albert Lea campus to the Austin campus may be influenced by many factors, such as space constraints and construction/remodeling schedules, as well as the availability of trained staff. We want to take our time to ensure that multiple processes and procedures are in place to maintain the safest, highest quality of care for both our moms and babies.
What will the new Family Birth Center in Austin look like when it’s completed?
The newly remodeled and expanded Family Birth Center, located on the third floor on the Austin campus, will include:
- 10 large private, identically equipped labor and delivery rooms all with large, private bathrooms, including a tub and shower
- An expanded operating room for C-sections with additional space for support staff
- A well-baby nursery
- A large, comfortable waiting area for families
- Additional shell space ― space that will remain open for future expansion
There also will be a two-story link that will connect the main entrance of the medical center directly to the newly expanded hospital units, including the Family Birth Center. The extended link, which will be built along the north face of the building and add nearly 5,000 sq. ft. of usable space with access to the existing elevators near the front entrance of the medical center, will give patients and visitors easy access to the hospital.
Can I still have my pre- and post-delivery care in Albert Lea when labor and deliveries move to the Austin campus?
Yes! All OB/GYN clinic visits will continue to be available on the Albert Lea campus even after all labor and deliveries transition to the Austin campus. Once labor and deliveries move to the Austin campus, your OB provider from Albert Lea will be able to deliver your baby in Austin, and will still be able to see you in the clinic on the Albert Lea campus before and after your delivery in Austin. All of our OB/GYN physicians provide care and support with one another and work collectively as a team. Therefore, it is recommended that new moms meet other OB/GYN care team members and visit the labor and delivery unit prior to your upcoming due date to familiarize yourself with the unit and the care team.
Will my baby be able to receive regular health care on the Albert Lea campus after labor and deliveries move to the Austin campus?
Yes, your newborn will be able to receive care from your regular provider or a pediatric provider on the Albert Lea campus, regardless of delivering your baby on the Austin campus.
What happens if I go into labor and I think I don’t have enough time to drive to the Austin campus?
As always, if you are experiencing an emergency, dial 9-1-1. If you are able to travel on your own to Albert Lea, but there is not time for a transfer to Austin, our care teams on the Albert Lea campus are trained and equipped to manage your care and safely deliver your baby on the Albert Lea campus. Our highly specialized providers and nursing staff in the Emergency Department are trained and qualified to assist with labor and perform deliveries at any time. In addition, the Albert Lea staff can connect by video with OB and neonatology experts at Mayo Clinic if needed. It is best to go to the Albert Lea Emergency Department first to ensure you receive the proper care you need in a timely manner and let our care team help you determine next steps for your care.