A new eight-story, $260 million building will focus on care for women and children at the hospital's campus in Stanton. 

Plans for the new facility were presented Thursday to the Delaware Health Resources Board for public review. Hospital leaders hope to break ground on the new building in April 2017, with completion of the project in 2020.

"This important investment in our community will advance the most innovative, high-quality, comprehensive specialty care for women, children and babies,” said Dr. Janice E. Nevin, president and chief executive officer of Christiana Care Health System. “These improvements will enable Christiana Care to provide an exceptional experience with the goal of optimal health for the women and children we serve.”

The new building will include new and expanded labor and delivery suites, private rooms for families after delivery, as well as a new neonatal intensive care unit. The new NICU will feature private rooms with sleep-in space for families.

In 2014, 6,450 babies were born at Christiana Hospital, an average of more than 17 births every day. 

In addition to construction of the new eight-story building, there will be renovations in the existing Women and Children's Building, which first opened in 1995. A four-level parking garage will also be built near the hospital's main entrance.