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Our Patients Say Virginia Hospital Center
Is the Best Place to Have a Baby

Every birth day here is the unique experience it was meant to be.

“I’ve delivered four children here with Karen King, Certified Nurse Midwife. I wouldn’t deliver anywhere else.”
— Sarah Girard, Annandale

“I was on 24/7 bed rest in the Hospital for 9 weeks. My ‘destination wedding’ planned for Hilton Head ended up being in the chapel at Virginia Hospital Center. The Hospital chaplain married us, the lactation consultant played the flute and the nurses gave us a reception on the unit. It was unforgettable.”
— Jamie Weiskopf Taylor, Ashburn

“My water broke just shy of 25 weeks. The amazing care I received on the antepartum unit helped me deliver safely at 28 weeks. It could have been a different outcome without the care my baby and I received.”
— Taylor Draim, Arlington

photo of Maria and Yessenia Comacho“I had lost two babies before. My beautiful Yessenia was born at 31 weeks and weighed a little over 3 pounds. I love everybody in the NICU—the doctors and nurses gave her so much attention. She‘s thriving now.”
— Maria Comacho, Alexandria

“Having a private room makes all the difference in the world after you’ve delivered a baby—or two. I can’t imagine having to share a room.”
— Mary Anne Painter, Falls Church


“Dr. Akoma kept my fears down throughout all the complications of my pregnancy. It was refreshing how she personalized my care. I really felt she had a vested interest in my twins and me. What a wonderful bedside manner she has.”
– Facia G., Arlington

“After my first baby was stillborn, I came here for high-risk pregnancy care. I would never have gotten through my pregnancy without Dr. Orzechowski. She addressed my every concern and made it a point to spend a lot of time with me. My doctors were my doctors—and my cheerleaders.”
– Christine Stabler, Arlington.

photo of Shane,  Kyli and Caleb Bechtold“Everyone was fantastic. Ever since, I’ve told my pregnant friends to have their babies at Virginia Hospital Center.”
— Kyli Bechtold

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Do you know that Your Hospital's Delivery Matters?

Congratulations on your commitment to and accomplishments in reducing the primary Cesarean rate at Virginia Hospital Center. Reducing the primary Cesarean rate has been a goal for ACOG. Our focus is to promote greater awareness of the risk factors for primary Cesarean. By allowing women with low-risk pregnancies to spend more time in the first stage of labor, we can help avoid unnecessary Cesarean deliveries. Your health system is an example of what can be achieved.”
– Haywood L. Brown, MD, President Elect, ACOG,
2016-2017

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Forbes.com

"Many physicians are actively leading efforts to rethink practice and responsibly bring down rates, with many successes. Nurse midwives have long advocated to reduce C-sections and demonstrate numerous successes in doing so, and many physicians show inspirational leadership. Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington, Va., launched a successful campaign to reduce its rates and meet Leapfrog’s tough standards. This involved teamwork with administration, clinicians and staff working together with enormous determination to see results. The success of this effort was part of the reason the hospital won the competitive Leapfrog Top Teaching Hospitalaward for 2016."
– Leah Binder, President & CEO, The Leapfrog Group,
December 2016

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