Leadership in patient-driven obstetrics meets quality and innovation

For expecting mothers wanting a better and personalized birthing experience, the new 20,000-square-feet CHI Franciscan and Virginia Mason Birth Center is the place to go. Located in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, the $20 million facility offers panoramic views of the city, mountains, and Puget Sound. Staffed by 3 certified OB/GYN providers and 3 Certified Nurse-Midwives (CNM), expecting mothers have more options than ever when it comes to their birth plans, including midwifery and doula care, pain management, and water birth.

OAC successfully led project management services, including budget management, design reviews, and schedule tracking. As a result of our guidance, the Birth Center was able to open in just 5 days between construction completion and go live. The Seattle community now benefits from a facility with advanced labor and delivery rooms, 3 private birth suites, 6 postpartum beds, and 2 obstetric triage bays. The new Birth Center expects to deliver up to 1,200 babies per year.

OAC, the design team, and the Department of Health’s assistance helped deliver a NICU nursery with a level II isolation room and 4 “Niclet” rooms. The Niclet room concept allows mothers to room with their baby when intensive care is needed, including a medical headwall for both mother and child. The Niclet rooms are the first-ever design in the State of Washington.