Published on August 31, 2017

First Baby Born at Pella Regional’s New Family Birthing Center

Karl and Kristin Boender with daughter Sydnie NoellePELLA, Iowa— Pella Regional Health Center’s first baby in their new Family Birthing Center is a little girl—Sydnie Noelle, born at 7:37 am on August 29. Her parents are Karl and Kristin Boender of Oskaloosa. Physician is Dr. Galyn Vande Zande.

“This new area represents years of research, planning and construction to arrive at this inviting space for new families to bond in a private, peaceful setting with expert physicians and clinical staff to support them,” said Karen Westercamp, manager of obstetrics at Pella Regional Health Center. “This project incorporates the latest technology that can help us provide the highest quality care for our patients and their newborns, and to truly welcome the entire family during this special time.”

The new area occupies the new third floor above the Medical/Surgical and Intensive Care Units. The expanded space includes more rooms for labor/delivery and postpartum -- 7 labor rooms, 3 postpartum rooms and 2 triage rooms, additional space in the nursery and expanded nursing station and waiting areas. It also offers a wide range of attractive amenities for moms, families and visitors.

Highlights of the new Family Birthing Center include:

  • Welcome desk staffed with trained volunteers to guide patients and visitors
  • Custom made stained glass window and calming artwork 
  • Convenient nutrition area for patients and families
  • Baby bath sinks in patient rooms so mom can easily watch baby’s bath from bed
  • Whirlpool tubs in each labor room
  • Expanded infant procedure room
  • Baby viewing window with special step for kids to see into the nursery
  • High risk infant area specially equipped for our most fragile babies
  • Nursery lighting programmed to dim according to circadian rhythm

“This is important to the hospital but also to the many communities in the areas we serve,” said Yvonne O’Brien-Evans, chief nursing officer at Pella Regional. “Healthy, growing families make healthy, growing communities. What better way to invest in our future as a hospital and as a region than in supporting young families with a beautiful new Family Birthing Center.”