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The Family Birth Place at Stafford Hospital

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The Family Birth Place at Stafford Hospital is a modern facility that fosters a sense of community. Our team ensures a customized birthing experience and the utmost care through our 24/7 in-house OB hospitalists, anesthesia providers, and pediatric hospitalists from Children’s National Hospital. We encourage you to have your baby with you throughout your stay, even during the night. In our Mother Baby unit, you, your support person, and your baby can enjoy staying together in a spacious room. (Please check our visitation page for the latest updates.)

Our family-focused approach promotes bonding and allows ample time to connect with your baby. Certified lactation consultants regularly assist new mothers with personalized breastfeeding support.

At Stafford Hospital, we feature a 6-bed, Level II NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit). This unit is equipped with cutting-edge neonatal technology to care for infants born at 32 weeks or later, weighing a minimum of 3.3 pounds.

The NICU team provides care for newborns who require extra medical attention but do not need critical care. This encompasses babies born a few weeks early, those with intrauterine growth restriction or lower birth weight, feeding challenges, infections, and mild breathing difficulties. The NICU team is also equipped to meet the distinctive needs of multiple births.

Labor and Delivery

We provide:

  • 24/7 in-house obstetricians for extra care and support
  • 24/7 in-house neonatal providers from Children’s National Hospital, including pediatric hospitalists, nurse practitioners, and bedside nurses who specialize in newborn care.
  • 24/7 in-house anesthesia providers, including anesthesiologists and nurse anesthetists.

In The Family Birth Place you’ll enjoy:

  • Private, modern rooms in a peaceful and secure setting.
  • The latest and most advanced technologies, including fetal monitoring systems, pain management options, and equipment for stabilizing newborns.
  • Designated rooms for cesarean deliveries within the unit
  • Nurses who are specially trained in various childbirth methods.
  • Parental education about caring for their newborn after delivery, ensuring that mothers and their babies receive consistent and excellent care from admission to discharge.
  • Special “Stork and Fork” meal: A complimentary date night meal featuring choices like beef tenderloin, herb crusted salmon, and lemon chicken. It comes with salad, side dishes, and a selection of delicious cake slices. A family style meal option lets your family choose between pizza and spaghetti. This meal includes a fresh green salad and birthday cake to celebrate your newest family member.


At Stafford Hospital, we have a Level II NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) with 6 beds. This NICU is equipped with the latest neonatal technology to care for infants born at 32 weeks or later, weighing at least 3.3 pounds (1500 grams).

  • The NICU is staffed 24/7 by board-certified pediatric hospitalists from Children’s National Hospital. Registered nurses and respiratory therapists provide care for newborns who require additional medical attention but are not in critical condition.
  • Certified lactation consultants are available daily to offer personalized breastfeeding support to you and your newborn.

Tour our Birthing Center

Step into the Family Birth Place at Stafford Hospital, where you’ll find a cozy sanctuary with private rooms featuring modern updates, serene decor, spa-like bathrooms, and ample space.

Within this calming setting, our compassionate and knowledgeable team of experienced physicians, nurses, and support staff will ensure your comfort and care.

Our amenities are designed to offer a spacious, welcoming, and tranquil experience. They include:

  • Updated décor with contemporary architectural themes.
  • Convenient vanities and closets.
  • Comfortable patient rooms with warm hardwood flooring.
  • Flat-screen televisions for entertainment.
  • Modern lighting and fixtures to enhance the ambiance.
  • Rocking chairs and sleeper sofas for family overnight staying overnight.
  • Stylishly updated bathroom décor and fixtures.
  • Sliding bathroom doors with full-length mirrors.
  • A family eating area equipped with a microwave, vending options, and complimentary snacks.

We invite you to tour our Family Birth Place! Tours are held on the second Saturday of each month by appointment only, beginning January 13, 2024. Available times are 10:00 a.m., 10:35 a.m., and 11:15 a.m. Tours are limited to five expectant mothers per session, so please register early! Each mother is invited to bring one support person with them. Call Health Link to schedule your tour (540.741.1404).

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Breastfeeding Support

Every day, certified lactation consultants are here to offer individualized help with breastfeeding while you and your baby are staying at Stafford Hospital. To boost your confidence in this journey, we suggest taking our complimentary Breastfeeding Essentials class before your baby arrives. Additionally, we’ve created a series of concise videos based on the class content, serving as a quick refresher for valuable tips to enhance your breastfeeding experience.

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