How the University of Michigan's Mott Hospital handled childbirth while moving to new facility
While the University of Michigan Health System was moving today from the old C.S. Mott Children's and Von Voigtlander Women's Hospital to the new facility, it was difficult to say exactly how many patients were being moved.
It wasn't because the hospital didn't have complete records of its patient roster.
It was because mothers were giving birth during the transition, which started shortly before 7 a.m. and ended at 3 p.m.
"Our population is increasing as we move," said Pat Warner, executive director of the hospitals.
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Still, the hospital was quite cognizant that moving from one building to another with women in labor required advanced planning.
Hospital officials decided early in the two-year planning process for the transition that women who were close to giving birth at the old hospital would not be moved over to the new hospital. Instead, for a few hours, the Health System was operating birthing centers in two hospitals.
The hospital, which hosted 3,800 births in 2010, announced this afternoon that Eva Liu, a girl, was the last baby born at the old Mott Hospital and Von Voigtlander building. She was born at 8:45 a.m. to parents Chao Liu and Yang Guo.
Five minutes earlier, Hamza Mahmoudi, a boy, became the first baby born at the new hospital. He was born at 8:40 a.m. to Yasmina Debieb and Ali Mahmoudi.
"Welcome to the Mott family, baby Mahmoudi!" the U-M Health System wrote in a Facebook post.
Welcome to the new hospital, too.