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The Family Birth Place at
Mary Washington Hospital

The Family Birth Place at Mary Washington Hospital focuses on celebrating childbirth with a high-tech yet soft touch atmosphere. Our team is dedicated to making your birth experience personal with nurses trained in all methods of childbirth. With our 24/7 staff of in-house OB hospitalists, anesthesia providers, and pediatric hospitalists and neonatologists, you can rest assured that you and your baby will receive expert care.

After your baby arrives, members of the family, including your new baby, will have the opportunity to stay in the same spacious room for the duration of your visit.* Our family-centered approach encourages bonding and time getting to know your baby while receiving care from our expert nurses and Children’s National Hospital pediatric hospitalists. Certified lactation consultants visit our new moms daily to assist with breastfeeding.


*Visitation has been impacted by COVID-19. Please visit our COVID visitation page for up-to-date information.

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Labor and Delivery

We offer:

  • 24/7 in-house obstetricians for additional care and coverage
  • 24/7 in-house neonatal providers - Children's National neonatologists and pediatric hospitalists, nurse practitioners and bedside nurses who specialize in the care of the newborn
  • 24/7 in-house anesthesia providers - anesthesiologists and nurse anesthetists

In The Family Birth Place you’ll experience:

  • Private, state-of-the-art rooms in a serene, secured environment
  • The latest, most advanced technologies to include fetal monitoring systems, pain management delivery and newborn stabilization equipment
  • Dedicated cesarean rooms within the unit
  • Nurses trained in all methods of childbirth
  • Education for parents regarding their newborns during post-delivery, ensuring that all mothers and their newborns will have the best continuum of care from admission to discharge.

Mother and Baby Unit

At The Family Birth Place at MWH, we celebrate the arrival of your newborn by providing you and a guest with two complimentary slices of cheesecake with your choice of toppings and sparkling cider.

Mary Washington Hospital is a Safe Sleep Leader:

  • Recognized by National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program as a National Certified Silver Safe Sleep Leader for our commitment to best practices and education on infant safe sleep
  • All patients receive a Halo® SleepSack®
  • We are committed to following safe sleep guidelines recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and provide training programs for parents, staff and the community
  • Program created by Cribs for Kids®, a Pittsburgh-based organization dedicated to preventing infant, sleep-related deaths due to accidental suffocation
  • Check out these 10 tips for safe sleep for your baby.

Birthing Center Amenities

The Family Birth Place at Mary Washington Hospital provides a cozy haven, private rooms with updated flooring, modern decor, spa-like bathrooms and a spacious layout.

In this soothing environment, you'll be pampered by our caring, knowledgeable team of highly experienced physicians, nurses, and support staff.

Designed to be spacious, inviting and peaceful, our amenities include:

  • Refreshed décor with modern architectural themes
  • Vanities and closets
  • Warm hardwood flooring in patient rooms
  • Flat-screen televisions
  • Modern lighting and fixtures
  • Rockers and sleeper sofas for family overnight stays
  • Updated bathroom décor and fixtures
  • Sliding bathroom doors with full-length mirrors
  • Family eating area with microwave and vending

Region's Only Level III NICU

Mary Washington Hospital has the region's only 17 bed, Level III, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Our proud partnership with Children’s National Hospital provides 24/7 expert care with the #1 ranked neonatologists that bring world-class neonatal expertise to newborns in the region without having to leave Fredericksburg. Additionally, the NICU is powered by a highly-trained, specialized staff and the best technological advancements.

  • 24/7 staff of board-certified neonatologists from Children’s National Hospital, ranked #1 in neonatology
  • Care for infants as small as one pound, and born as young as 23 weeks
  • Highly trained, specialized staff certified in high-risk neonatal intensive care nursing and supported by specialists in respiratory, physical, and speech therapy, pharmacy, nutrition, dieticians, and case management
  • Certified lactation consultants available daily to provide breastfeeding support to you and your premature or sick newborn
  • Babies who need an even higher level of care have immediate access to consultation and transport to the Level IV Children’s National Hospital NICU, one of the best children’s hospitals in the country

Planning Checklist

  • Register for a Birthing Class
    Attending a virtual childbirth education class can lessen anxiety for new parents. At MWHC we encourage you to take one of our many classes offered by certified childbirth educators.
  • Choose a Pediatrician
    Call MWHC Health Link at 540.741.1404 to find pediatricians and family doctors accepting new patients. Please note: you must have an appointment scheduled with your chosen pediatrician before you and your baby can be discharged. Mary Washington Pediatrics in Fredericksburg and Mary Washington Family Medicine and Pediatrics in Ruther Glen are accepting patients.
  • Pre-register online for your hospital stay
  • Lactation education (pre- and post-delivery)
  • What do I bring to the hospital?
    Please bring personal care items such as deodorant, shampoo, slippers, etc. Do not bring jewelry, money, medications, or items of sentimental value. You will also need to bring an approved infant car seat and clothes in which to take your baby home.
    Please have a check or money order available for the child’s birth certificate. Please make the check payable to: State Health Department for an amount of $12. Payment via cash or credit card is not accepted.

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