Having a baby is one of life's most thrilling experiences. At University of Maryland Medical Center, we want to make that experience as healthy and happy as possible for you and your family.
Finding the Right Caregiver
If you have not selected a caregiver, we can help you find an excellent obstetrician, gynecologist, certified nurse midwife or pediatrician whose office location, hours and insurance plans match your needs. Call our Consultation and Referral Service at 1-800-492-5538 for information about our physicians and nurse midwives.
Preparing for the Baby
At University of Maryland, you have a choice about what is most comfortable for you and your family during the birth experience. Our staff will explain all available options so that you can be confident you have made the right decision. To further help you prepare for baby, we offer:
- Free breastfeeding classes for our patients
- Pre-pregnancy planning and childbirth education classes for first-time or experienced parents
- Sibling tours to teach children what to expect when the new baby comes
- Tours for you and your family that can be scheduled at your convenience
Discounted parking for patients and visitors is offered at the Underground Plaza Garage and The Medical Center Garage.
What to Expect at the Hospital
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.
Once your newborn arrives, our nursing staff can help you and the baby learn to feed successfully. Don't worry about breastfeeding problems that might arise after you leave the hospital, we have a Community Breastfeeding Support Group that meets once a week to help you continue your breastfeeding journey. The group meets every Tuesday from 10am-11am at 29 South Paca St.. Our lactation specialists are also available to answer any questions. If you prefer bottle-feeding, help with formulas and feeding schedules is available.
When it is time to leave the hospital and take your baby home, our staff will ensure you are well prepared. Throughout your stay, we review many aspects of baby care.
Visiting hours are twenty four hours a day. After 9pm the hospital has quiet time where we encourage our patients to rest. You are allowed three visitors passes at a time. You may have up to 3 visitors in your labor room, 1 visitor in triage and 1 visitor in our recovery room. Visitors must bring photo id. No children under 12 are permitted unless they are a sibling of the baby.
If a Problem Occurs
While most pregnancies and births go smoothly, sometimes medical difficulties occur. If you or your baby has a problem, nationally known experts in high-risk pregnancy and neonatology from our Center for Advanced Fetal Care are available 24 hours a day. If your baby comes early, our neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) is Maryland's largest and provides the most advanced care available. Our commitment to family-centered care is also reflected in the NICU, where families participate in their baby's care as much as possible.
For more information or to make an appointment, please call 667-214-1300 or toll-free at 866-608-4228.