Doctors for Healthy Communities (DHC) President Dr. Babar attended the opening ceremony of “The Birthing Place” at Mary & Elizabeth Hospital which will serve residents of South and West Louisville. This $20 million project will provide maternity healthcare to patients in these underserved communities for the first time in 50 years.
The 21,000 square-foot maternity space will have eight Labor, Delivery, Recovery, Postpartum (LDRP) suites with a focus on both natural and traditional childbirth. Each room will also include a spa-inspired labor tub area and a private bathroom/shower room. The birthing center will include a C-Section suite, a well-baby Level 1 Nursery and a Labor Lounge providing a calming and soothing environment for laboring mothers.
Demolition and construction begins this December. The addition is expected to be complete in spring of 2025.
Dr. Babar has been a UofL Physician for two decades serving as a hospitalist, geriatrician and palliative care clinician serving the population of southwest Louisville. “DHC has made a strong commitment to women’s health for years,” said Dr. Babar. “We’re proud to have distinguished OB/GYN Dr. Lindsay Shafer on our Board and maintain support for JCPS’ Georgia Chaffee Teenage Parent Program (TAPP) School. We’re excited to see this expansion of maternity services into south Louisville after 50 years.”