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COVID-19 Impact on Delivery

Inova is safely leading the way to bring your little one, or ones, into this world. We are fully prepared for the current COVID-19 pandemic and continue to implement all infection prevention and control measures established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state/local health agencies to provide the safest care environment.

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At Inova Alexandria Hospital, you'll benefit from the personalized care provided by our entire highly skilled and seasoned healthcare team. That’s why each year thousands of women in our community choose to give birth at our hospital.

At our Birthing Center, women labor, deliver and recover in a private, home-like suite in the care of highly skilled nurses who specialize in the birthing experience. 

Should you need them, we are pleased to offer expert services in breastfeeding support, high-risk pregnancy and antenatal testing, and a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). And all of our expectant mothers can benefit from the services of our personal childbirth navigator.

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Facility Highlights

At Inova Alexandria Hospital Birthing Center, we are committed to offering you comfort, specialized expertise and advanced technology. We focus on childbirth as a natural, intimate event, to be experienced by you and your family in a private room with a comfortable environment. Each room has a special birthing bed that adjusts so you can deliver in the position you find most comfortable. Each room is also equipped with its own private bathroom, shower, television and telephone. "Rooming-in" allows baby to stay in mom’s room at all times, except during transitions and exams.

Other features include:

  • Convertible sleep furniture for your support person to spend the night
  • Infant security system
  • Staff with knowledge and sensitivity to cultural and ethnic diversity
  • Easy hospital access with free parking
  • Serenity Hours each afternoon with no disruptions for mom to rest
  • Level III NICU with transfer access to Inova Children's Hospital Level IV NICU for micropremies or severely ill newborns
  • Board-certified lactation consultants
  • 24/7 in-house anesthesiology
  • 24/7 access to OB-GYN doctors, certified nurse midwives and neonatologists

Ultrasounds, Screenings and High-Risk Pregnancy

Inova Brock Family Antenatal Testing Center provides specialized care for pregnancies that are at risk for maternal, fetal or obstetric complications. Our maternal-fetal medicine specialists, known as perinatologists, work as a team with our staff of expert perinatal nurses. Together, they assist obstetricians or nurse-midwives by offering specialized services and compassionate care to mothers and their unborn babies, from pre-pregnancy counseling through delivery.

The center uses state-of-the-art technology in a comfortable and private setting to assist:

  • Prospective parents seeking genetic counseling and/or genetic testing
  • Pregnant women who need comprehensive diagnostic tests to determine the health of their babies
  • Women whose pregnancies are considered high risk

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Virtual Visits

Inova Obstetrics and Gynecology is now providing regular access to your care provider with convenient telemedicine options. 

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Planning for Your Delivery

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

Most women have uncomplicated pregnancies and deliveries, yet it’s comforting to know that Inova Alexandria Hospital offers a fully staffed level 3 neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) that features the latest technology. Premature or special needs newborns receive around the-clock care in our family-centered NICU by specially trained board-certified newborn physicians, known as neonatologists, as well as specialized nurses, respiratory therapists, physical therapists and nutritionists.

Your baby’s team of caregivers will explain to you procedures, equipment and the special care and needs of high risk or premature infants. Before you go home with your baby, we will give you complete instructions on home care. If your baby is being discharged on medications and an apnea monitor, you may have the option of spending one night to care for your infant where you will be supported by the NICU staff. We are always close by to answer your questions and provide help if you need it.

Breastfeeding, Postpartum Support and Newborn Care

The decision to breastfeed or formula feed your new baby is a personal choice. But we would like all our new parents to be aware of the health benefits of breastfeeding for both mothers and newborns.

Education and Support from Our Lactation Center

Our commitment to breastfeeding is demonstrated by our experienced lactation consultants, who offer inpatient consultations and ongoing support once you've returned home

  • Board-certified lactation consultants available for private consultations on the Mother-Baby Unit
  • A weekly Latch Clinic for support within three weeks of birth
  • Expert advice on how to smoothly transition back to work for breastfeeding moms
  • A variety of supplies that support the breastfeeding mother and baby. The Lactation Center’s women’s store is open to our patients as well as the public.

Call 703-504-PUMP (7867) to learn more about Inova Alexandria Hospital Lactation Center.

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New Moms Support Group

Postpartum Support Group

Zoom After Childbirth

Getting Ready to Go Home: Mother and Infant Discharge Guide (English)
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Breastfeeding Video

OB-GYN Programs and Support for Underinsured

Your Personal Childbirth Navigator

Kelly Vanasche, our Patient Navigator for Perinatal Services, serves as a trusted resource for you and your family. Learn More

COVID Vaccine & Pregnancy

I am pregnant. Am I eligible for the vaccine?

Pregnancy is considered a high-risk health condition according to the CDC and falls in the 1b phase for eligibility. Please check here for your county’s phase eligibility.

We want to start a family. I heard the vaccine can possibly hurt our chances or hurt the baby. Is this true?

Women undergoing fertility treatment or planning to get pregnant should be encouraged to receive vaccination if they are eligible. Since the vaccine is not a live virus, there is no reason to delay pregnancy attempts because of vaccination administration or to defer treatment until the second dose has been administered.

I am pregnant, and I am afraid the vaccine will hurt my baby. Can this happen?

Currently, there are limited data available on the safety of COVID-19 vaccines for people who are pregnant. Speak with your healthcare provider to help you make an informed decision. However, based on how mRNA vaccines work, experts believe they are unlikely to cause harm to women who are pregnant or to the fetus.

The CDC, American College of OB-GYN, and the Society of Maternal Fetal Medicine all state that COVID-19 vaccines should not be withheld from pregnant individuals, those planning to get pregnant, or those on fertility treatments who are otherwise eligible for vaccination. To date, the CDC is monitoring approximately 15,000 pregnant women who have received the COVID-19 vaccines. Learn more: Vaccinating Pregnant and Lactating Patients Against COVID-19

Note: Pregnant women with COVID-19 have a higher risk for severe illness, including death, than age-matched controls.