Maternity Services to Make Any Parent Proud
When you choose to have your baby at Saint Agnes Hospital of Baltimore, you benefit from our unique, family-centered approach to maternity care and maternity services. Our specially-designed labor and delivery suites are warm, welcoming, and inviting for your entire family. In most cases, you’ll labor, deliver, and recover in the same suite, so you can enjoy a comfortable environment and avoid unnecessary stress. The following services and support staff are fully available to you and your family.
- An experienced, competent, and caring nursing staff.
- 24-hour in-house medical coverage through board certified OB/GYNs.
- Anesthesiologist present 24 hours a day.
- Genetic counselor and perinatologists on staff.
- 12 state-of-the-art, professionally decorated LDR suites with private baths, telephone, television, glider rockers, and sleep chairs for your support person.
- Two delivery/operating room suites.
- Fully equipped Post-Anesthesia Care Unit.
- Antepartum unit featuring private rooms/showers and Internet access.
- Hospitality pantry for comfort of family and visitors.
- Physical therapists trained specifically for the special needs of the high-risk pregnant patient on bed rest, with in-hospital and home physical therapy follow-up visits when necessary.
- Certified lactation consultant coverage.
- A variety of childbirth education classes, bilingual instruction offered. Lamaze approach for childbirth included.
- A safe and secure environment for mom and family.
- Perinatal loss program and support.
- Social worker support/discharge planning nurses available.
After your baby is born, you can rest, recover and enjoy those first special moments together as a family. Later on, you will be moved to your postpartum room. At Saint Agnes, we have private rooms with their own showers. We will be happy to provide accommodations for the father or support person to stay overnight. Your baby can stay with you as much as you desire during your time with us.
Our physical therapy team is available during your postpartum stay, should you have problems with mobility or strength. Outpatient physical therapy services are also available pre- and post natal to address strength and toning, back pain and alignment, cesarean or episiotomy scars, and incontinence.
Following delivery, most newborns stay with their mothers in the delivery room for some time before going to the postpartum suite. From time to time, your baby may be brought to the Well-Baby Nursery for a physical examination, pictures, lab tests, and a hearing screening test to assure everything is in fine working order.
To facilitate this, your baby’s doctor will be notified when your baby is born. If your doctor doesn’t have privileges at Saint Agnes Hospital, a staff pediatrician or neonatal nurse practitioner will examine your new baby while in the hospital. A fee is charged for this examination. The following services are available.
- 24-hour physician coverage.
- Experienced nursery staff support.
- Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
- Infant pictures taken seven days a week.
- Teaching films on breast-feeding, infant care, and safety.
- Breast-feeding with electric breast pumps available.
- Gift packs for bottle-or breast-fed infants given to mother on day of discharge.
- Teaching brochure on infant care, breast-feeding, safety, and postpartum depression given to parents prior to discharge.
LACTATION SERVICES: BREASTFEEDING SUPPORT FOR MOM & BABY
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breast-feeding for the first year of your child’s life. Breast milk contains just the right nutrients in just the right amounts to fully nourish your baby. It also contains antibodies that help your baby’s immune system fight off illness. Breast-feeding is convenient and decreases a woman’s risk of developing osteoporosis, as well as some forms of cancer.
Breastfeeding or nursing can be a positive experience and create a powerful bond between mother and baby. Lactation Services at Saint Agnes Hospital of Baltimore offers breastfeeding support, guidance and education—so you can decide what’s best for you and baby.
If you plan on breast-feeding, it would be helpful to sign up for a breast-feeding class. The more you learn about breast feeding and what to expect during the first few weeks after your baby’s birth, the better.
If you’re planning on breast- and bottle-feeding, it’s important to breast-feed for the first three to four weeks and then begin introducing the bottle. This will allow your milk supply to meet the baby’s needs and provide ample time to get the baby comfortable with the bottle.
Our Lactation Services include:
- Inpatient breast-feeding assistance—Monday to Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Warm Line phone consultations Monday to Saturday (for questions and concerns).
- Drop-in every Tuesday from 10 a.m. to noon (for follow-up checks and breast-feeding support after you leave).
- “Going Back to Work and Breast-feeding” class.
- Electric breast pump sales below retail.
ANSWERS TO YOUR BREASTFEEDING QUESTIONS
Our team of caring, supportive experts can help you with these and other common breastfeeding questions:
- Why should I breastfeed?
- When is the best time to start nursing my baby?
- How do I know my baby is getting enough to eat?
- How long should my baby nurse?
- What can I do about sore nipples?
- Should my baby have a supplement?
- When can I start pumping?
Where can I rent or buy a breast pump?
Breastfeeding Support & Education
We offer a variety of services to help you learn the best breastfeeding techniques, along with counseling and guidance. Services include:
- Prenatal breast assessment
- Prenatal counseling and support
- Postpartum counseling and support
- Postpartum assistance
- Telephone counseling
- Breast pump information and sales
Questions about breastfeeding? Call Saint Agnes today to speak with a Certified Lactation Consultant in Maryland. All calls are confidential. One of our consultants will respond within 24 hours. Call 410-368-2624.
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OB Rapid Response Team
Our innovative teams of OB specialists have developed the award winning OB Rapid Response Team, or OBRRT. In the event of an emergency with a pregnancy or a newborn, this multidisciplinary team responds immediately to any location in the hospital. The team includes an obstetrician, anesthesiologist, respiratory therapists, neonatal intensive care personnel, and other experts to care for you and your baby.
New Expanded NICU
The Women’s & Children’s Health Institute recently completed renovations to our level 3B designated Perinatal Center, and now provides 18 private beds, including six specifically designated for more critical babies. The facility is equipped to care for infants of all gestational ages and birth weights.
For more information on the Women's & Children's Health Institute at Saint Agnes Hospital you can reach us at 1-866-690-9355. To find a physician click here.