10.05.02.09

.09 Physical Plant.

A. Bedrooms. A freestanding birthing center shall:

(1) Locate bedrooms so as to provide unimpeded, rapid access to an exit of the building where emergency transportation vehicles may be accommodated;

(2) Have bedrooms that can accommodate:

(a) A double bed or a bed large enough to safely accommodate patient and baby,

(b) Birth attendants and support persons,

(c) Space for supplies, equipment, and family belongings, and

(d) Access to a sink with hot and cold running water equipped with elbow-wrist controls such as are common in home kitchens.

B. Toilet Facilities. A freestanding birthing center shall make available separate fixed toilet facilities to the laboring patient and separate toilet facilities for family and staff use.

C. Bath Facilities. A freestanding birthing center shall make bath and shower facilities available to the laboring patient and have separate washing facilities available for staff and family.

D. Storage, Utility, and Laundry Facilities. A freestanding birthing center shall have facilities that are designed and equipped for washing, sterilizing, storing, and handling equipment, linens, and medical supplies in a manner which ensures separation of clean linen, and sterile supplies and equipment from those that are soiled or contaminated.

E. Heating and Ventilation. A freestanding birthing center shall have a safe and adequate source of heat and ventilation capable of maintaining temperature in the birthing unit between 75F and 85F.

F. Lighting and Power. A freestanding birthing center shall have adequate lighting in the birthing rooms.