Smith Northview's Eanes Birthing Center has doubled its nursery and nursing station and constructed a 6,000 square foot labor and delivery suite.
The expansion cost $2.5 million and doctors expect to deliver 750 babies by the end of the year.
"They can accommodate more," said Dr. Robert Stark, the hospital's newly-hired obstetrician. "They can be more comfortable. In the past I'd heard they had patients waiting outside, waiting to come in and deliver."
"The nurses here have been great," said Missy Sherwood, who gave birth Monday to a baby boy, McConnell. "They doctors as well. They come in and you know it's almost like we're family. They treat you really good and wanna make sure that you're comfortable."
Smith Northview Hospital plans to hire four to six more nurses for its new maternity ward.