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Family Birth Place at SH

The Family Birth Place at
Stafford Hospital

The Family Birth Place at Stafford Hospital is a state-of-the-art facility with a community feel. Our staff provides a personalized birth experience and the highest level of care with our 24/7 in-house OB hospitalists, anesthesia providers, and pediatric hospitalists from Children’s National Hospital. Members of the family, including the 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. Certified lactation consultants visit our new moms daily to assist with personalized breastfeeding support.

Stafford Hospital has a 6-bed, Level II Nursery, also referred to as an Intermediate Level Nursery (ILN). It is equipped with the latest neonatal technology to provide care for infants who are delivered at 34 weeks or later and weigh at least 3.3 pounds.

The ILN team can provide care for newborns that need extra medical attention but aren’t sick enough to need critical care. This includes babies born a few weeks early as well as those with intrauterine growth restriction/lower than average birth weight, feeding difficulties, infections, and mild breathing problems. Learn more under the ILN dropdown below.


*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 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 specially trained in all methods of childbirth as well as the delivery of the comforts and education for the new 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.
  • Stork and Fork meal
    This complimentary date night meal includes such options as beef tenderloin, herb crusted salmon, and lemon chicken, along with salad and sides, topped off with your choice of several delicious slices of cake.
    The family style meal gives your family the choice of pizza or spaghetti, and also includes fresh green salad and birthday cake to celebrate your newest addition.

Intermediate Level Nursery (ILN)

Stafford Hospital has a 6-bed, Level II Nursery, also referred to as an Intermediate Level Nursery (ILN). It is equipped with the latest neonatal technology to provide care for infants who are delivered at 34 weeks or later and weigh at least 3.3 pounds, or 1500 grams.

  • Staffed 24/7 by board-certified physicians from Children’s National Hospital
  • Registered nurses and respiratory therapists provide care for newborns that need extra medical attention but aren’t sick enough for critical care
  • Certified lactation consultants available daily to provide individualized breastfeeding support to you and your newborn
  • Dedicated Neonatal Transport Team available 24/7 to transport babies needing extra medical attention to the region’s only Level III NICU at Mary Washington Hospital

Tour our Birthing Center

The Family Birth Place at Stafford 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, vending, and complimentary snacks

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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