Yesterday was a big day for the Uma Center! Renaissance Fine Woodworking of Pullman began the demolition process in the Cottage. As often is the case, the “little” project of renovating the Cottage has developed into a major one. We are essentially gutting the existing house and starting over. This will allow us to lay out the house in a way that’s better for birthing families and the staff who will assist them.
We’re really excited about the layout, the sustainable building materials we have selected, and especially, the process of thinking through what laboring women and their partners really need to make their birth experience wonderful.
That said, I’d love to hear from YOU about your vision for the “perfect” birthing suite. What does it look like? What do you need, and what do you desire? If you’ve had a birth center birth, what did you appreciate most about the physical space? For those of you who have had hospital births, which aspects of the birth room worked well for you, and which did not? If you had home births, I’d love to hear where you gave birth (on a bed? the floor? tub?).
Please post your ideas here or on our Facebook site. At this stage in the renovation process, we can incorporate your feedback!