Carolinas Hospital Women’s Center in Florence celebrates renovations

By: Andrew Boardwine, Morning News

FLORENCE, S.C. – The Carolinas Hospital System Women’s Center held a Business After Hours event in conjunction with the Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce on Thursday to celebrate the center’s new renovations.

Catherine Godwin, director of the women’s center, said she was excited to show the new technology and features in the building.

“We’re very excited about the new renovations,” Godwin said. “We’re excited we have a building to match our personality. This is going to be a great place to bring life into the world that is both family and baby friendly.”

As part of the event, the center had a ribbon cutting to announce the opening of the newly renovated building.

“We have been anticipating this for more than six months,” Godwin said. “It was a huge undertaking, but one that was well worth it after seeing the final product.”

The staff gave tours for the first time to ambassadors from the Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce and other business leaders from around the area.

Godwin said some of the technologies include an all-new automatic lighting system and several safety features to make the birthing process easier on families. The rooms also have more space so that more family members can be involved in the delivery.

“Normally we have the entire family participate in the birth,” Godwin said. “Whatever the mom’s birth plan is, we do whatever we can to incorporate that.”

Godwin said she couldn’t imagine doing anything else and enjoys getting to work with mothers and families.

“It is my opportunity to be used as God would have me be used,” Godwin said. “It’s my calling and it’s my opportunity to give back because God has given me so much. To be able to be part of a family and welcome in a new life is an experience that I can’t even put into words. It never gets old.”

“I can go in and experience a live birth today and I think that I’ll be crying more than the family is,” Godwin said.

Carolinas Hospital will hold a community open house from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 10.