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Senators tour GMH ward, note needed improvements

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by Jolene Toves

Guam - If you have ever given birth at the Guam Memorial Hospital you may agree that the birthing process can be tiresome as you are moved from room to room, and after obstetric Dr. Thomas Sheih expressed his concerns with the conditions of the labor and delivery rooms at the hospital island senators took time to tour the facility to get a better understanding of what is needed. And for Speaker Judi Won Pat it was a rude awakening, seeing that the department appears to be the same as she remembers it when she delivered her child in 1987.

"Well it was a rude awakening for me because the last time I was here was to give birth in '87, so it definitely needs a lot of renovation to bring it up to the times of course," she said.

Currently the hospital has only one labor and delivery recovery room, six labor rooms, three delivery rooms, labor rooms and three beds for recovery so for every mother delivering a child at the hospital the process can be difficult as mothers are moved multiple times as their labor and delivery progresses. "More importantly as suggested by at least the staff and the doctors is that we'll probably put to best use if we can when we upgrade from a labor and delivery room and post partum or more labor delivery rooms in which the mothers will be able to stay there delivery there and start at least the lactation," the speaker added.

Senators spoke of the need for not only additional LDR rooms but also Labor, Delivery, Recovery and Postpartum rooms, which would make the birthing process and recovery an easier experience for mother and baby. "It is something that we really need to look at because this is like an emergency room for all mothers and babies it is constantly being used," the speaker said.

Speaker Won Pat says the Labor and Delivery Ward is probably the most revenue generating section of the hospital. "So I think this is something that would be definitely worth trying to upgrade because it is a life after all that they are trying to not only bring into this world so I think by working with the doctors in the hospital the staff we should be able to narrow that down in terms of what their needs are," he said.

Speaker Won Pat says she has ideas she feels would help with the needed renovations but it will be a collaborative effort legislature's part. "I know that the senators that were here with us this morning are definitely already asking all the key questions in terms of what needs to be done how can we get started how much are we looking at," he said.

She adds that for the renovation of just the Labor and Delivery Room not taking into consideration the recovery may cost about $2 million, and while the conversation has just begun this is the first step on a path to make mothers and their babies' birthing experience a little more comfortable.

We should note that Speaker Won Pat says for the renovation of just the Labor and Delivery Room, not taking into consideration the recovery may cost about $2 million. 
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