Affinity Health, Saint Elizabeth Hospital

Women and Families BirthPlace Unit

Appleton, Wisconsin



Part of St. Elizabeth's multi-phased facility upgrade to its flagship hospital in Appleton, Wisconsin, the state-of-the-art Women and Families BirthPlace offers individualized care to promote the physical, mental and spiritual well-being of expectant mother and baby. The program includes post-partum rooms, neo-natal intensive care unit, and nursery suites. Providing a relaxing environment for the mother during labor and recovery, the private birthing suites feature soft lighting, recliners, rocking chairs, and televisions.

The design team utilized Evidence-Based Design (EBD) research to plan the BirthPlace, working closely with patients, caregivers and community members throughout the design process. The team further implemented a Post-Occupancy Evaluation (POE) to determine if the EBD principles were achieved, focusing particularly on nursing work processes, medication and supplies distribution, and noise levels.