The family comfort garden can be found on the third floor of the hospital, home to the labor and delivery and postpartum units.
According to hospital representatives, the space offers families a place to relax, meditate or enjoy the company of other relatives. It’s also open to employees so they can take a break from their daily work activities.
Norton officials said the space is especially important because studies have shown that outdoor settings with sunlight, like the family comfort garden, can improve health.
The garden was funded with a nearly $250,000 grant from the Norton Healthcare Foundation. It includes sculptural artwork, shade sails, landscape art, decorative pergola and physically distanced seating for people or group and bench seating for families.
The hospital’s labor and delivery unit in downtown Louisville welcomes more than 2,300 babies a year, according to officials. It’s also connected by pedway to Norton Children’s Hospital, where some mothers with high-risk pregnancies are transferred for childbirth.