By: Hannah Paczkowski
Teresa Jeffries just had her seventh baby. His name is Ryland, he's three days old and one of the first babies to be born at the remodeled Advanced Baby Center at St. Elizabeth's.
"Ryland is my fifth baby to be born here and everything keeps changing and getting brighter, and newer and I love it," she said.
St. Elizabeth's not only gave the facility a new look, but also added some new amenities. The visiting room looks like a living room in a home, complete with a fireplace. There's also a bistro down the hall for convenience.
Moms and babies also get their own nurses, one for each. The main goal is to make these new moms and dads feel at home.
"We wanted to give it a comfortable look, more of a home–like feeling. Our experience for our patients, we are more family focused and we want it to be a comfortable area for the patients," Connie Miles, Dir. of Prenatal Services, said.
Teresa said that's exactly how she felt this time.
"It's much less clinical than when I first started having babies and everything was white and sterile and kind of creepy," she said.
Ryland is six weeks premature, so Teresa has to wait until next week to bring him home. She said her other six children are so excited to meet him.
"The two little ones talked to him every day while I was pregnant, so they're ready," she said.
Construction on the remodeling took more than a year and yesterday St. Elizabeth's had their grand opening celebrations.