Having a baby is one of life’s special moments that can bring the hopes and dreams of your whole family together. At the Birth & Family Center at Grand View Health, our mission is to pamper you with compassion, while providing the most current evidence-based information and care. From the birth of your baby to preparing you for your day of discharge, our top priority is to provide personalized instructions that help new parents and their families be fully prepared to care for themselves and their newborn.
Our nursing staff provides individualized teaching during your hospital stay. In addition, we offer 24-hour-a-day educational programming via The Newborn Channel. We also provide additional education through Krammes On Demand available via handouts and mygvh.org, Grand View Health’s patient portal.
If you’ve given birth inside a hospital, you’ve probably struggled with the belts and wires that connected you to a fetal monitoring system. Now, nurses on Grand View Health’s labor and delivery unit ease that struggle by using a new wireless device.
The Monica Novii™ Wireless Patch System uses Bluetooth technology to record the baby’s heartbeat, the mom’s heartbeat, and the frequency and duration of contractions. Novii is applied to a mother’s belly with a stick-on patch, with no wires or belts.
“This gives moms the ability to freely turn in bed, walk around their hospital room, use a peanut ball, and even shower while fetal monitoring continues uninterrupted,” says Michelle Gawronski, BSN, RNC-OB, clinical coordinator, Labor & Delivery and Postpartum at Grand View.
Many of the physicians and staff who work at Grand View Health also live in the community and care for patients just as they would their own mother, sister or friend. We strive to treat all patients with dignity and respect, providing genuine care from the heart.
We also understand the important role a father or support person plays in the birthing process, and are here to provide support, gentle guidance and education to help them comfortably participate in every aspect of this remarkable life event.
Amenities that set us apart at The Birth & Family Center:
During your stay at The Birth & Family Center, your obstetrician and pediatrician will see you and your baby every day. They are available 24/7 to answer any questions or address concerns.
Our compassionate nursing staff, specializing in women’s health, labor, delivery and lactation counseling, will help educate you and your family about newborn care, such as bathing, feeding and diapering. Learning how to care for your newborn before you leave the hospital will help you feel confident in taking care of your baby at home.
Our entire nursing staff is credentialed in neonatal resuscitation and lactation counseling, and many members of our team carry certifications in maternal and infant specialties. We also have a dedicated nursing staff for the obstetric operating room.
We recognize this special time in the lives of parents, siblings, extended family and friends as they welcome the newest member of the family. For the safety and security of our patients, The Birth & Family Center is a locked unit. To access the unit, visitors are asked to press the intercom button next to the door.
We encourage all visitors to practice good hand washing hygiene before entering any patient room.
Hospital visiting hours are from 12 to 8 p.m. daily for family, friends and siblings of the new baby. Children, except for siblings, must be 12 years or older to visit. After 8 p.m., only support persons are permitted in The Birth & Family Center.
Two-hour Family Nap Time
To honor our new mother’s need for rest, sleep and breastfeeding establishment, a two-hour family nap time is held from 2 to 4 p.m. each day. Lights are dimmed and interruptions are limited in patient rooms and throughout The Birth & Family Center. Please arrange visits around this time.
Photography and Video Recording Within The Birth & Family Center
It’s an exciting time in your life and we understand the importance of capturing that special moment. We ask that you follow a few guidelines before taking photos or creating a video to help us protect the privacy of our patients and caregivers:
Anyone who uses photography or recording devices improperly may be asked to leave The Birth & Family Center and will not be permitted to return.
For more than 20 years, Grand View Health and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) have partnered to maintain the CHOP Care Network at Grand View Health. In addition to caring for patients on the pediatric unit, our CHOP pediatricians work with CHOP neonatologists in the well nursery, labor and delivery, and in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).
If your newborn is on the CHOP service, a CHOP pediatrician will examine your baby daily during your hospital stay. They are available onsite at Grand View 24 hours a day, seven days a week for newborns in the well nursery or those who need special care, complicated births, Cesarean births or emergency consultations.
Learn more at CHOP Pediatric Care at Grand View Health.
At your request, we are happy to provide a complimentary, professional newborn photography session by Bella Baby Photography, Grand View’s exclusive in-hospital photographer, who will capture multiple poses of your baby.
Your photo shoot will be done in your hospital room, using natural light to capture the beauty of your newborn cuddled in blankets and in your arms. Soon after the session you will be given an access code to view the photos and will receive a two-week slideshow to enjoy and share. There is no purchase necessary.
To view or order photos, go to Bella Baby website and enter your access code in the blue box “View Your Photos.”