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Mom’s Perspective: Delivering in the New Birthing Suites

By Amanda Barningham, RN

As a registered nurse at St. Luke’s Birthing Center, I’ve been quite familiar with the recent remodel and the exciting new features for expectant families. But it wasn’t until I delivered my second baby a few months ago that I truly understood how amazing these new birthing suites are.

Being on both sides of the experience, I went into labor knowing what I wanted. I had planned a serene environment that included aromatherapy, low lighting and a few different options for labor.

My suite had a deep tub that I could labor in. I took advantage of remote telemetry, so I could move and walk around freely throughout labor, without having to stay in a bed. I also used a birthing ball to help with my labor. All of these options were new to me since my first child, so I was happy to have even more choices this time.

The calm environment was exactly what I had pictured. The nurses and staff were really open to my wishes, and went out of their way to make sure I was comfortable.

The remodeled rooms had a spa-like feel with natural wall colors and trendy tile. The suite was modern and comfortable at the same time. The lamps had a charging station for my phone and there was plenty of storage throughout the room for our overnight bags. Our room also had a mini fridge so we could bring food from home. I noticed all the small but important details. They really do enhance your stay as a patient.

Everything about the suite felt like it was designed for me. All of this made for a great birth experience. When I’m back from my maternity leave, I’ll look forward to caring for you!


St. Luke’s Birthing Center is located in Duluth, MN, with St. Luke’s clinics in the surrounding region, including Superior, WI. To schedule a tour of St. Luke’s Birthing Center, call 218.249.5605.


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