It was a memorable day all around.
For staff and patients, October 29 was the date they moved into their new space in the Teck Acute Care Centre.
For Winnie and Andrew Fritz, they had their own reason to celebrate: they welcomed their second son, Theodore, at 3:47 p.m.
Theodore was the first baby born in the Teck Acute Care Centre and the first baby born in the facility’s new labour and delivery operating suites.
Originally scheduled for a C-section after the move, baby Theodore decided to make his grand entrance a couple of days early. From the moment they came into the hospital on October 29, the Fritz’s said the excitement was palpable amongst staff.
“We heard the nurses asking if we were having the first baby – their excitement was infectious. It was a big celebration,” said Andrew, 35, noting there were photos taken with the health care team to mark the momentous occasion.
For the Fritz’s, their birthing experience has come full circle: their first son, Sebastian, 3, was born via C-section in the labour and delivery operating suites at BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre. The new operating suites provided an enhanced experience for Winnie: she was able to watch her son’s birth. Thanks to high-definition screens attached to booms in labour and delivery operating rooms, moms are able to see their babies being born, if they wish.
“I got to see him come out – it was pretty amazing,” said Winnie. “The new suites really are incredible – they’re so spacious and so nice.”
Big brother Sebastian is a “pretty big fan so far” and dad Andrew said they’re looking forward to spending time together as a family of four.
Winnie and Andrew expressed gratitude to the care team who delivered their baby safely and made their experience extra memorable.
“Everyone was great – we had the best team,” said Winnie. “The ‘A team’,” added Andrew.
The Teck Acute Care Centre houses services from both BC Children’s Hospital and BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre. Some of the features of the eight-storey building include a larger children’s emergency department, additional patient beds and an expanded neonatal intensive care unit, all equipped with single-patient rooms. It also includes a high-risk labour and delivery suite, as well as a new milk handling room supporting the NICU. Patients and families will have access to laundry facilities, family lounges and dining rooms, play areas, resource rooms, and storage space.
Learn more about the Teck Acute Care Centre.