Pregnancy and Childbirth
Our talented team of obstetricians, gynecologists, midwives and nurse practitioners are committed to guiding you through every stage of pregnancy and assisting you with issues related to your reproductive health through its Division of General Obstetrics and Gynecology.
We are committed to making your delivery as stress-free as possible. The healthy mother-to-be and baby receive prenatal care and delivery in our comfortable, attractive birthing rooms that are staffed by obstetric anesthesiologists 24 hours a day. You will give birth in a private labor, delivery, recovery room. After delivery, care will be provided on the Mother Baby Unit where you can rest and recover while enjoying time with your family.
If you are trying to become pregnant, Shady Grove Fertility Center at The University of Maryland offers a full range of services provided by the country's leading experts in reproductive endocrinology at two convenient locations throughout Maryland. For more than 20 years, Shady Grove Fertility Center at The University of Maryland has offered fertility options for individuals and couples. Learn more about our fertility services.
During your pregnancy, our doctors, nurses and midwives will provide you with the information and care you need to keep both you, and your baby, healthy. In those visits, you will discuss your personal prenatal health plan.
Prenatal care includes everything from blood tests, physical exams, ultrasounds and discussions about lifestyle. It is important to focus on healthy choices during your pregnancy, because everything you do impacts your baby.
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Maternal and Fetal Medicine (High-Risk Obstetrics)
While most pregnancies and births go smoothly, sometimes medical difficulties occur. The Maternal Fetal Medicine Division at University of Maryland Medical Center is internationally recognized for its expertise in fetal medicine and its high level of excellence in caring for both the fetus and mother. Our team of physicians brings more than 30 years of research experience and clinical success in comprehensive fetal testing and treatments, some of which are unique for our Division.
Labor and Delivery
Our labor and delivery suites are staffed by obstetric anesthesiologists 24 hours a day. You have several choices for anesthesia-assisted birth as well as the option of delivering without anesthesia.
You will give birth in a private labor room. At delivery your baby will be placed skin to skin, this helps your baby maintain their temperature and helps with bonding. After delivery, you and your baby will not be separated unless medically necessary. You will be moved to a private postpartum room where you will stay until you and baby are ready to leave the hospital. Following the birth, you and your baby can rest comfortably in your room. Routine tests, baths and exams are done in your room. No pacifiers will be given to your baby. It is recommended that breastfeeding be well established before giving babies pacifiers. Our staff members will help you and your family learn to care for your newborn and answer any of your questions. Learn more about our labor and delivery services.