Manicures for mom? Of course! As a special Mother’s Day treat for moms-to-be in the Antepartum Unit at Christiana Hospital, Christiana Care worked with Schilling-Douglas School of Hair Design to offer complimentary manicures to mothers hospitalized for observation or complications during pregnancy.
Some patients have been in the hospital for days, some for weeks. As a welcome diversion, the unit’s family room was converted to a salon for the day, with four reclining chairs facing the windows and student manicurists pampering the moms with soothing hand massages, gentle nail filing and colorful polishes. Relaxing music from a CD player filled the background.
“This boost for our moms-to-be brings a fun, personal touch to their clinical care in a way that they value,” said Shawn Smith, vice president of Patient Experience.
Mia Miller-Dobie pulled up photos of her older children — and an ultrasound of her baby on the way — on her phone to share with manicurist Danielle Martini, a senior cosmetology student. With freshly painted tangerine-colored nails, Kevinea Lea traded pregnancy tales and birth stories with Miller-Dobie while they enjoyed fruit and cupcakes provided by Circles service support and Christiana Care’s At Your Service program.
Schilling-Douglas, located in Newark, Del., plans to add Christiana Care’s Antepartum Unit to its regular rounds of complimentary services in the community, said Felisha Oberly, associate director at Schilling-Douglas. Students enjoy providing the services, and it gives them experience, she said.
For Lana Rein, a mom-to-be and a Christiana Care employee in Information Technology, it was a moment to relax, as she rested her newly pink nails on her belly and leaned back to enjoy a little respite.
Learn more about family-centered maternity care at Christiana Care.