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Infant Security/Visitation Policy

Infant security is our top priority at Virginia Hospital Center. Please read the following visitation and security procedures that are in place to protect your newborn’s safety:

  • Visitors must provide the name of the person they are visiting before they can enter the Mother/Baby Unit. If visitors are unable to provide this information, they will not be allowed to enter the unit.
  • All visitors must sign in and provide a government-issued photo ID (e.g., State-issued ID, driver’s license, Military ID, Passport or Green Card). The visitor will be issued a badge, which will expire at the end of the day.
  • Deliveries (food, flowers, etc.) from outside of the facility must be picked up in Lobby C in the Women & Infant building. Outside vendors are not permitted to enter the Mother/Baby Unit, NICU or Labor & Delivery Unit.
Pregnancy & Childbirth

Pregnancy & Childbirth:
Women & Infant Health Center — Why Us?

Exceeding Expectations

"Virginia Hospital Center is a sophisticated, high-volume maternity center. Yet, this Hospital places a high value on giving patients more time and attention, making their care more personal. It’s the right size for comfort, while big enough to have the all the technology and skills our patients need. There’s only one reason for selecting a hospital in which to give birth: it’s the quality of medicine you’ll receive. Everything else is optional. Virginia Hospital Center is well-known for the excellent medical care it provides.”
J. Jeffrey Elliott, MD, OB/GYN.

“Our members consistently tell us they have a great experience—so much so that we have a significant number of members who choose to deliver at Virginia Hospital Center, bypassing other hospitals in Northern Virginia and DC that are closer to them. If you have a complicated pregnancy, Virginia Hospital Center is the best place to go. Or, if you want to have a high-touch, low-tech natural delivery, the Hospital is equally good.”
Mark A. Tretiak, MD, FACOG, Chief of Obstetrics & Gynecology for Kaiser Permanente Northern Virginia.

All of our moms have private rooms with private bathrooms and showers. Every nurse on the Mother Baby Unit has inpatient lactation certification.

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Expert Care for High-Risk Pregnancy

Everyone wants and hopes for a completely normal, uneventful pregnancy. However, when there are bumps in the road, OB/GYNs bring in the expertise of maternal-fetal medicine physicians who specialize in high-risk pregnancy.

“We coordinate care with the patient’s OB/GYN and other physicians involved in her care, including endocrinologists, cardiologists, and surgeons, as well as specialists from the Fetal Medicine Institute at Children’s National as necessary.”
Kelly Orzechowski, MD, FACOG, VHC Physician Group Maternal Fetal Medicine.

“We have had excellent outcomes for moms with congenital heart conditions. We collaborate with cardiologists to co-manage their pregnancy and work closely with intensivists for the birth, which takes place in the Intensive Care Unit. A generation ago, these women were not able to have babies.”
Kristin Knight, MD, FACOG, a perinatologist with Kaiser Permanente.

Our Maternal-Fetal Health program provides advanced testing and treatment for high-risk pregnancies. Once a mother is here to deliver, she has round-the-clock access to expert attention from attending house physicians and neonatologists on hand 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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High Touch, Low Tech | Midwifery Service

Our high level of expert care with a personal touch extends well beyond the birthday.

There are many women who choose to have a midwifery birth in a hospital setting. Virginia Hospital Center is proud of its thriving midwifery service.
“Women who deliver with a certified nurse midwife at Virginia Hospital Center want a high-touch, low-tech birth; they want to feel empowered and be an active participant in the birth process. We’re in the room a lot during labor advocating for mom’s choices. We partner with our patients. We talk about what are good choices to make and then make those decisions together as a team.”
— Karen King, CNM (Certified Nurse Midwife).

There are many women who choose to have a midwifery birth in a hospital setting. Virginia Hospital Center is proud of its thriving midwifery service.


Number One in the Country Neonatal Intensive Care

Managed by board-certified neonatologists from the nationally top-ranked Division of Neonatology at Children’s National Health System, our Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) can take care of babies of all gestational ages with most complex conditions. Our partnership with Children’s National means that our babies have expert neonatal care available, right here in the community. When more acute care is needed, babies in our NICU have direct access to more than 40 pediatric clinical divisions at Children’s National.

Like all patients at Virginia Hospital Center, NICU babies have private rooms, allowing parents to bond with their baby in a peaceful environment free of unnecessary stimulation to promote their growth and development.

“This can be an incredibly stressful time for our families. We spend a significant amount of time with them, explaining what to expect, hearing their concerns and answering their questions. The family is the most important part of the care team.”
Brian Stone, MD, MBA, Children’s National neonatologist, Medical Director of the NICU and Chief of Pediatrics.

The Marjorie Sands Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is staffed by specially trained caregivers and equipped with the latest in medical technology so that premature infants and other newborns with special needs may receive optimum care.

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Preparing to Bring Baby Home

Moms give high marks to our nursing staff for their courteous, considerate postpartum care. They particularly appreciate how we include the family in the baby’s care—educating not just mom, but the family in preparation to go home. For example, we offer a breastfeeding survival class for dads and partners taught by a lactation consultant who explains how to support mom while breastfeeding. A lot of our dads won’t leave the Hospital until they’ve attended it. When parents go home with their baby, we want them to feel, "I’ve got this."

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Congratulations to Children's National Health System for being ranked best in the nation for neonatology! Virginia Hospital Center is proud to partner with Children's National to care for babies in our NICU. Read more

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