At Women & Babies Hospital, we are committed to providing you and your family with an exceptional birthing experience. Our staff has the experience, training and equipment to handle every type of birth, with the safety and comfort of mom and baby as our top priority.

Obstetricians, family doctors, and midwives all deliver babies at Women & Babies Hospital. If your maternity provider has determined you are high-risk, we offer the services of a maternal-fetal medicine specialist (perinatologist). These highly trained physicians work hand-in-hand with your doctor or midwife.

When it’s time for your delivery, you can choose from a variety of birthing and labor options, along with the most advanced pain relief available. Neonatologists, anesthesiologists, and obstetrical physicians are on site 24/7. If you have specific preferences regarding your birth experience, we encourage you to write them down in a birth plan and review them with your care provider prior to labor and delivery. Bring your birth plan with you when you come to the hospital and we will do our best to accommodate your wishes. If there is any reason to suspect that your baby will have special needs when it is delivered, we will ask a team from our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) to attend the delivery.

After delivery, new mothers, babies and their families enjoy the first days of a new life together in one of our private post-birth rooms. We encourage you to spend as much time as you want with your baby. Studies show that couplet care — keeping mom and baby together as much as possible — better prepares both for going home.

A Family-Centered Birth Experience

Our private labor-and-delivery rooms are spacious enough to host family members whom you wish to be present during the birth of your baby. Rooms include whirlpool tubs, showers, and other amenities to assist the labor process. Our caring and experienced nurses will work with you on relaxation and pain control techniques.

Helping you manage pain is important to us. Let your nurse know when you need something for pain and if the medications are effective in controlling your pain. Anesthesiologists are in-house 24/7 to help you manage your pain.

Surgical suites are located nearby to accommodate cesarean births, and a Special Care Unit is available for mothers-to-be who experience pre-term labor or have other conditions that require more intensive monitoring.

Examinations and Assessments

New mothers are checked frequently the first several hours after delivery. To maintain your privacy, visitors are asked to leave the room while care is being provided. After your initial recovery, vital signs are taken every four to eight hours, and your nurse will assess your condition each morning, evening, and night. Blood drawn around 6 a.m. provides important information to your physician each day. Additionally, our caring nursing staff checks on you hourly throughout your stay to make sure that all of your needs are being addressed.

Post-Delivery Accommodations

After delivery, new mothers, babies and their families are moved to one of our private, comfortably furnished, post-birth rooms. You may choose to let your baby stay in your room with you, or you also have the option, any time, of having a nurse bring your baby back to the nursery. Once you deliver your baby, we notify your pediatrician, who will examine your baby in the nursery or right in your room.

We are committed to making this a special experience for families, and offer many services and amenities for your comfort and enjoyment during your stay. This special unit offers:

  • Spacious, private rooms that accommodate family and visitors
  • A supportive environment for breastfeeding
  • A massage and restaurant-style meal service
  • Exceptional nurses who apply a holistic approach to caring for mother and baby
  • In-room conveniences, like a vanity with hair dryer, private bathroom with shower, TV, and mini refrigerator
  • Additional space for families, including a lounge with kitchen area, children’s play area, and outdoor courtyard
  • WelcomeNewborn professional portrait photography

To create a healing environment, individual units set aside a quiet time each day for you to rest and spend one-on-one time with the newest member of your family. During quiet time, the lights on the unit are dimmed and staff refrain from unplanned interruptions. These times vary from unit to unit.

Safety and Security

Your family’s safety and peace of mind are our top priority. We’ve taken the necessary steps to ensure your baby’s well-being, including 24-hour on-site security, supplemented by the latest in security technology and an identification badge process.

Wrist bands are required to stay on your newborn at all times to properly identify your baby for treatment, medications, and any necessary procedures.

Upon admission, you may receive one or more wrist identification bands, which should not be removed until you are discharged from the hospital. The hospital uses bands for patient/parent identification and to communicate medical information to hospital staff. Color-coded bands are used as medical alert devices for specific conditions. To avoid confusion, do not wear charity bracelets or other bands on your wrist when you come to the hospital.

After your delivery, we provide infant medical screenings and, for babies who need it, the most advanced Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in the county.

The Most Advanced NICU in Lancaster County

Women & Babies Hospital is home to Lancaster County’s first Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Thanks to an alliance with Lancaster General Health, a dedicated team of physicians (neonatologists), neonatal nurse practitioners, and physician assistants from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia provide 24/7, on-site care in our 29-bed unit to infants who are premature or in need of extra attention. These providers have been part of our NICU team for many years, and have the experience, advanced training, and equipment to care for newborns as early as 23 gestational weeks.

If your pregnancy is identified as high-risk, our NICU team may consult with you prior to your delivery. If your baby requires NICU care, we do all we can to make you and your family as comfortable as possible. We have private breastfeeding areas, family sitting and visiting rooms, a flexible visiting policy, and overnight accommodations for parents so you are never far from your newborn.

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