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Cary Birthing Center Proposes New Addition

Posted July 20, 1998

— There is a baby boom in Cary, and one hospital wants to expand its facilities to handle the growth. Western Wake Medical proposed a plan that will double the number of beds at its new birthing center.

A new baby brings numerous concerns for mothers, and that is why the hospital opened the first birthing center in Cary last year. At the center women give birth close to home, and with the comforts of home.

"It was a great experience, the staff was great," new mother Patricia Slater said. "I felt very comfortable."

As more young families move into Cary, the hospital is looking to grow. It has proposed a $21 million expansion of women's health services, including 10 more birthing beds. This addition would bring the total number of birthing beds to 18.

"Health care is competitive," Wake Medical President Raymond Champ said. "We certainly want to stay in front by providing quality health care and good customer service."

If the state approves the plan, construction will begin in 1999 and should be finished by 2001.

In the first year the center planned for 500 births, and they delivered 835 babies. A public hearing about the expansion will be held at the state Division of Facility Services on August 19th.

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