From the earliest stages of planning to the first years of parenthood, the Dresher Family Birthplace is here for you. During your stay, our talented and compassionate team of physicians and nurses is here to assist you with every stage of your delivery all the way through caring for your baby. We are committed to making your delivery as stress-free as possible, and our services don’t end when your hospital stay does. We offer many post-natal support options to help you make a smooth transition.
Personalized Birth Plans
We know not every mom-to-be wants to have her baby the same way. That’s why we encourage you to personalize your birth plan with support from your physician or nurse midwife and our Family Birthplace team. We let you decide the who, what and where for your delivery day. You have choices like who you want to be there with you, how you want to feed your newborn and how soon you want to hold your baby. More and more, women are choosing to have certified nurse midwives (CNMs) as partners in their childbirth. CNMs take a holistic approach to care, meaning they address a variety of needs: physical, emotional and spiritual. They provide warmth and assurance and can care for your needs through all stages of pregnancy, including labor and delivery. At the Family Birthplace we make sure that all your bases are covered ensuring access to obstetricians, board certified nurse midwives and a Level II Special Care Nursery.
For moms preferring a natural childbirth experience (minimal medical or technological intervention) our nurses and CNMs will guide you through delivery using special breathing, massage and relaxation techniques.
Labor and Delivery
When it’s time to deliver your baby, we have 14 private Labor, Delivery, Recovery and Post-Partum rooms, including one room with a labor tub. Our rooms are spacious enough to accommodate a family member throughout the birthing experience and feature recessed state-of-the-art operating room lighting, a large bathroom and storage area. Mothers are encouraged to have their baby stay with them during the entire hospital stay, helping her and other family members begin bonding with the newborn.
Expectant Parent Classes and Support Groups
From expectant parent classes, sibling prep and maternity tours to breastfeeding support and car seat safety checks, we offer a comprehensive list of programs to get the whole family ready for the new arrival. For more information and schedule details visit www.umuch.org/calendar.
UM UCMC has been designated a Baby-Friendly® Hospital by Baby-Friendly USA. UM UCMC is one of five hospitals in Maryland to receive the designation and is the first and only hospital within the University of Maryland Medical System to be named a Baby-Friendly® Hospital. The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative encourages and recognizes hospitals and birthing centers that offer an optimal level of care for breastfeeding mothers and their babies. Click HERE to learn more.