Having a baby is an exciting and special time at Jefferson. Our obstetricians and nurses provide routine obstetrical and maternity care for thousands of expectant women in the area each year. We help to educate expectant parents and ensure that you deliver your children in the manner you wish through our Parent/Family Education classes held throughout the year.
Caring for Moms & Babies
We have an entire suite of services available to you from the time you start planning your pregnancy through delivery and beyond. You will have access to:
- Highly experienced and compassionate obstetricians
- Extraordinary nursing care
- Perinatologists (doctors who specialize in high-risk pregnancy)
- Anesthesiologists who have been specially trained for pregnant women
- Intensive care for newborns through our collaboration with Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children
- Maternity facilities including a well-equipped nursery and a 40-bed Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit staffed by Nemours neonatologists and neonatal nurse practitioners
You and your baby will be protected in our highly secured areas, from our labor and delivery unit to our mother-baby unit. We care for you and your infant in a family-centered approach and include the father or significant other in our care. We encourage rooming-in to enhance bonding and breastfeeding. Together with our dedicated case manager, social worker and home care coordinator, you will receive excellent care from admission to discharge.
Because we recognize that everyone learns differently, in addition to reading materials and instructions from your caregivers, you will have access to the Newborn Channel, which is only offered in hospitals. This network provides information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can watch more than 40 programs covering critical parenting topics, including Infant Care, New Mom Care, Breastfeeding, Car Seat Safety, Development Family Life and Immunizations.
You are considered a high-risk pregnancy if you have conditions such as:
- Being over 35 years old
- Having a disease such as cancer, lupus, diabetes, hypertension or asthma
- Carrying a baby with abnormalities
- Having a multiple pregnancy
Jefferson offers a high-risk obstetrical unit for mothers that require a hospital stay during their pregnancy due to complications including pre-term labor, gestational diabetes, pre-eclampsia and poly-substance abuse. We also care for women with fetal concerns. On this Unit, you will have access to physicians and nurses who will provide education for you and your baby related to your specific health needs.
If, during the course of your pregnancy, it is determined that your baby may require special care upon delivery, Jefferson is among the best in the region in providing critical care for newborns. Our Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is a 40-bed combined intensive care and transitional nursery that provides specialized care required for critically ill neonates and infants, including extracorporeal oxygenation (ECMO) and head cooling. Level III status is the most sophisticated type of nursery available for infants who require surgery and other high-tech care.
Breastfeeding gives babies the most nutritional start in life, but it's a skill that doesn't always come naturally. If you are planning to breastfeed your child, you can consult with our international board-certified lactation consultants (IBCLCs) to learn about breastfeeding. In addition, we offer new mothers the convenience of purchasing an electric breast pump through our Lactation and Parent Education Offices. If you would like more information or help in ordering a pump, please ask your nurse.
If you are pregnant or a new mother and have a question about breastfeeding, you can call the Breastfeeding Warm Line at 215-955-6665 to reach a lactation consultant. This handy guide from The Joint Commission advises you of the many benefits of breastfeeding and what you need to know before you're in the hospital, while you're in the hospital and after you leave the hospital.
Before leaving the Hospital, Pennsylvania law requires that your baby be screened for four health problems: PKU (phenylketonuria), hypthyroidism, sickle cell disease and maple syrup urine disease (MSUD). Screening is performed by taking a few drops of blood from your baby's heel and sent to a state-approved lab for screening. The state also mandates universal hearing screening for potential hearing impairment, so that treatment can begin as early as possible if there is a problem.
Before you are discharged, you can have pictures taken of your baby. Your nurse will schedule a time for you to see the photographer. You will also need to fill out a the Birth Certificate/Social Security form for your baby and return it to your nurse.
When you are discharged and if you are driving your baby home, your baby must be put in a car seat in order to leave the Hospital. You will be happy to know that Jefferson has obtained certification as a Child Passenger Safety Technician (CPST) from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). We also offer Car Seat Safety classes as part of our Childbirth/Parent Education Program.
Our care doesn't stop there. Make sure you schedule follow-up appointments for you and your baby. Your physician and case manager will follow up to make sure you and your baby are doing well at home.
Jefferson's Maternal Addiction Treatment Education and Research (MATER) Program provides comprehensive treatment services for substance-abusing pregnant and parenting women and their children in outpatient and residential settings. Our Family Center offers intensive outpatient treatment services while My Sister's Place provides long-term residential treatment.
Services include individual, group and family therapy; obstetrical care; and parent-child services. Facilities include on-site methadone maintenance treatment and inpatient stabilization for opioid-addicted patients. Pregnant women should be referred to the Program as early in the pregnancy as possible. Infants who exhibit withdrawal are treated as inpatients in the Newborn Nursery Service. Please call 215-955-8577 for more information.