Facility: Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire
Location: Eau Claire, Wis.
Architect: Kahler Slater

The labor and delivery bathroom for birthing mothers at Mayo Clinic Health System, Eau Claire, Wis., was designed to provide a private tub and shower in a safe and soothing atmosphere. The design was influenced by the hos­pitality industry to provide the comforts of home during labor.

The space was planned to be large enough to safely support staff and birthing partners who are assisting a mother in labor. Whirlpool tubs and showers are provided to ease and progress labor, helping to reduce the need for a C-section. Grab bars are provided for patient safety.

Bathrooms accommodate patient preferences for soft lighting and warm, timeless finishes. Large, soft towels and comfortable robes are an added touch to help patients feel as cozy as possible.

The thoughtful, warm look includes the use of classic, durable materials to provide a high-end look and feel without the added cost.

The floor and wall materials are porcelain ceramic field tile in several coordinating sizes and the wall also features a contrasting decorative leaf pattern border tile above the tub.


To submit a Last Detail case for consideration, contact Jeff Ferenc at jferenc@healthforum.com