Labor-Delivery-Recovery Rooms

Release Date: 09/15/2014

Clinical staff and leadership at Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island today ceremoniously cut the ribbon on newly refreshed labor-delivery-recovery (LDR) rooms in the hospital’s Birthing Center.

Each of the four LDRs and the adjacent hallway and nurse’s station were repainted, flooring was repaired and a new counter was installed at the nurse’s station, configured for improved staff workflow. The result is a larger, more inviting and more patient- and family-centered environment.

The work was made possible through a fundraiser “Labor of Love,” coordinated by staff in The Birthing Center, which raised more than $20,000.


Memorial Hospital has distinguished itself as the place for a personalized birthing experience,” says Michael Pepi, MD, obstetrician- and gynecologist-in-chief at Memorial, noting that The Birthing Center is recognized by the Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association for providing excellence in mother-friendly maternity care.

“Our laboring mothers deserve a serene place in which to give birth and these updated LDRs reflect the commitment we have to providing a homey, comfortable environment for them,” adds Susanna Magee, MD, MPH, who helped coordinate the fundraising efforts for the work.

The Birthing Center offers showers and a spacious labor tub for hydrotherapy during labor. There are also birth balls, music therapy, aromatherapy and a labor support box for each LDR so partners, nurses and doulas have supplies on hand to provide for individualized birth experiences.

For more information on The Birthing Center at Memorial Hospital or a tour, call (401) 729-2291.


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