Women & Infants Hospital, a Care New England hospital based in Providence, Rhode Island, US, and Brown University have broken ground on the new Brown University Labor and Delivery Center.

The ground-breaking ceremony was attended by officials from Care New England and Brown University.

This labour and delivery centre will be a new unit at Care New England’s Women & Infants Hospital.

The project has received a $5m gift from Brown University.

The new facility will replace the hospital’s current labour and delivery centre, with an aim to enhance birthing options.

With more than 80% of local families choosing Women & Infants Hospital for delivery, Brown University’s support for a ‘world-class’ birthing centre is expected to help advance care for women and families.

The new Brown University Labor and Delivery Center will feature larger, more comfortable rooms with private baths and windows, designed to provide the best care and experience for families.

This new facility will also make use of technological advancements to provide an enhanced experience to all patients.

The project is expected to be completed by December 2024, with an estimated cost of $28m.

Women & Infants Hospital president Shannon Sullivan said: “For decades, patients have turned to Women & Infants Hospital for high-quality care, especially in delivering their children safely into the world.

“But to care for future generations, it is imperative that we upgrade our facilities, so those who trust us to provide them with expert care receive the medically advanced environment they’ve come to expect and deserve from Women & Infants.”