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New digs, new tools for expectant mothers in Decatur

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Having a baby in Decatur means a hospital change to the Parkway Campus.

The new digs mean remodeled rooms and a big upgrade to the equipment.

The 'Panda warmers,' as they are called, came from money raised by the Dragon Boat Races.

Marie Burgess is the director of the newborn center. She says the baby doesn't have to leave the room. 

"The benefit of having them together is, of course, bonding," Burgess said. "The reason we have the Panda warmers in the room is, if the baby is cold, instead of taking them to the nursery like in the old days - where they would be gone for three or four hours, we can now leave them in the room so that Momma and Daddy can still have those moments of touch, pictures... instead of looking at it through a window."

She says they also have the newest monitors on the market. One even plays "Happy Birthday" when the baby is born.

"Of course that's not all they do, but it's a nice little extra. These monitors have the capability to monitor Mama and baby. It can also monitor Mama's heart after she has surgery," said Burgess.

The new Striker bed means mean Mom can deliver and recuperate in one spot.

We talked to one mother who already gave birth to two kids and asked her to compare the facilities. Fallon Wilson just gave birth to her first son.

"The delivery room was much bigger, where people could come in and kind of wait to see the baby," Wilson said.

Ashton Uriah recently joined his two sisters, Jayce and Chloe, in the Wilson family.

"I felt like I was at home," said Wilson. The kids immediately got to come in and see their brother."

Burgess says so much of the equipment is consolidated. 

"So you no longer need five or six different pieces of equipment in one room," Burgess said. "We can do all this with one. This is also through the NavaCare System. We can monitor Mama and baby from any room. The doctors can see it from their office. I can see it from my office across the hospital.

For Wilson, it's a matter of comfort - cutting edge technology for a good beginning.

 "I've loved it, since I've been here. I loved their renovations. The nurses have been awesome," she said.

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