Complete Maternal Health Services at Providence
Pregnancy and birth are a new and exciting time in a woman’s life. At Providence, our board-certified physicians and the entire team of obstetrics and maternal health professionals are specially trained and experienced in pregnancy care and the birthing process. When deciding where to give birth, you can count on the experts at Providence to provide you and your baby with advanced and compassionate care throughout your stay.
Comprehensive Obstetrical Services for Mother and Baby Wellness
Providence offers a full range of inpatient and outpatient obstetrical services that cater to the health and wellness of mother and baby. These services include:
Certified Prenatal Care as an Internationally Recognized Baby-Friendly® Hospital:
The Center for Perinatal Advocacy at Providence is the only certified center in the region. Our specialists teach and implement best practices with the goal of improving maternal and child health in the District of Columbia. Providence Health System is internationally recognized as a Baby-Friendly® hospital. The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative is a global program sponsored by the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s Fund to encourage and recognize hospitals and birth centers that offer an optimal level of care for infant feeding and mother-baby bonding. Currently there are only 332 active Baby-Friendly hospitals and birth centers in the United States and more than 20,000 worldwide. This designation verifies that a birthing facility has implemented the American Academy of Pediatrics-endorsed Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding. Providence is one of only two Baby-Friendly hospitals in the District and the only community-based hospital to be awarded this distinction.
Labor and Delivery (L&D):
From admission to birth, our licensed obstetrical nurses and board-certified physicians personally keep track of your progress and guide you through the entire labor and delivery process.
After your baby is born, he or she remains in the nursery for care and observation by ourmaternal certified nurses until he or she is stable and ready to return to your bedside.
Level IIIA NICU:
Our specialized Level IIIA neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) provides advanced care for newborns delivered at less than the normal 40 weeks of gestation, but more than 28 weeks gestational age. We offer specialized care for newborns weighing at least 1000 grams or 2.2 pounds. These newborns are many times in need of our advanced technology to assist with such functions as breathing and feeding.
After your baby is stable and leaves the nursery, he or she is roomed with you in order to foster an early bond and allow mothers the time to become acquainted with the baby's needs. At this stage the mother receives instruction on breastfeeding (if desired) and other aspects of newborn care.
With more than 2,000 babies delivered each year at Providence, generations of women continue to put their trust in Providence to be their hospital of choice for this memorable journey.
Childbirth Classes for a Happy and Healthy Birth Experience
Prior to birth, Providence provides Childbirth Classes to provide the expectant mother, father and/or support person with the education, knowledge, and coping skills helpful in preparing for a safe, healthy and happy birth experience. Our classes are offered in both English and Spanish to serve all of our community members.
Certified nurse midwifes teach these important classes and the two hour class meets once a week for 4 weeks. Class size is limited to 10 couples to encourage questions, discussion, and participation. The class content includes:
- Anatomy and physiology related to pregnancy, labor, and delivery
- Relaxation and breathing techniques
- Pain relief during labor and delivery
- Understanding complications of labor
- Cesarean birth information
- Tour of the Labor/Delivery/Recovery Unit and Mother/Baby Unit
- Initial appearance, procedures, and care of your newborn
- Maternal care after delivery
- Breast feeding and bottle feeding information
Please call our Parent Educator at (202) 854-7549 or (202) 854-7767 when you are 20-25 weeks pregnant to schedule classes. You will be provided a registration form to sign up for these helpful classes.
To obtain additional information about Obstetrics-Maternal Health and Childbirth Classes, or to schedule an appointment, please call (202) 854-7549.
Contact Women’s Health Services
To learn more about women’s services, programs, and support services, call (202) 854-7074, (202) 854-7525, (202) 854-4311 or (202) 854-7752 to schedule an appointment with one of our board-certified specialists at Women’s Health Services at Providence.