Birthing center in Richmond, Virginia
COVID-19 and Pregnancy—An Update for our Patients
We would like to take this opportunity to update you about your maternity care during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and assure you that our dedicated team of expert nurses, physicians and midwives are committed to providing the safest and most effective care.
At Chippenham Hospital, we provide you and your developing baby with specialized, supportive maternity services. From high-risk pregnancy care and antepartum care to maternity classes and personalized birth planning, we are here for you. Our clinicians—including midwives, obstetrician gynecologists (OB/GYNs) and maternal-fetal medicine specialists—work with you to ensure you a safe, healthy pregnancy and birth.
For more information about Chippenham Hospital's maternity services or for help finding a doctor, call our free, 24/7 Consult-A-Nurse line at (804) 320-3627 (DOCS).
Our prenatal care offerings help you stay healthy, plan for birth and learn how to care for your new baby. We also provide access to midwifery services, if you have a routine (low-risk) pregnancy and would prefer to partner with a certified nurse midwife (CNM) instead of an OB/GYN.
High-risk pregnancy care
Our maternal-fetal medicine doctors are trained in high-risk pregnancy care. These specialists provide a broad range of services, from preconception counseling to hospital antepartum care. They will care for you whether you have a preexisting condition, are carrying multiples or are considered high-risk for another reason.
Maternal addiction program
We offer life-changing and lifesaving care to pregnant women struggling with substance use through our neonatal evaluation, support and treatment (NEST) program.
NEST is offered through our behavioral health services. It addresses substance use while helping you manage your pregnancy. It is also a day-treatment program, which means you receive behavioral health and/or medical services several hours of the day, then you return home in the evening.
Our NEST program has helped numerous women give their babies the healthiest start possible. Offering respectful treatment for parents and advanced care for babies born with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS).
Maternity classes and hospital tours
We offer educational opportunities through our prenatal care program:
- Our maternity classes are designed to help you and your partner prepare for labor, childbirth and newborn care.
- Our hospital tours provide an opportunity for you to view our facilities and ask any questions about our services or amenities before your due date.
Delivering your baby at our birth center
At Chippenham Hospital, we deliver more than 1,000 babies each year. This is thanks to our childbirth team—including obstetricians, anesthesiologists, maternal-fetal medicine specialists, neonatologists, nurses and CNMs. They work closely to make sure you experience labor and birth your way, while keeping you and your baby safe and healthy. As part of this dedication to your care, we offer a variety of services, including low-intervention and natural birth options.
Additionally, we welcome and support doula care. If you would like to partner with a doula during labor and delivery, we are happy to connect you to doulas in the Richmond area.
Specialized neonatal intensive care
We have the staff, resources and expertise necessary to treat premature and ill newborns in our Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).
Our NICU offers:
- Expertise in treating babies affected by substance abuse—We were the first in central Virginia to treat newborns with withdrawal symptoms caused by NAS. Our maternal addiction program also offers respectful care and support to moms, infants and families addicted to opioids or other substances.
- Research-driven care—Our NICU is part of the Vermont Oxford Network, a worldwide group of more than 1,000 healthcare organizations working together to improve the quality and safety of neonatal care.
- Specialized care for our smallest patients—We’re equipped to care for babies born before 32 weeks gestation and/or weighing less than 3.3 pounds.
- Top neonatal specialists—Our experienced team is led by neonatologists (doctors with advanced training in caring for sick or premature newborns). Our Level III NICU also includes neonatal clinical nurse specialists, respiratory therapists, physical therapists, social workers and lactation consultants.
Family-centered newborn care
Our Level III NICU offers the compassionate care your baby needs—and the support you and your family deserve, including:
- 24/7 visitation—You can stay by your baby’s side for as long as you need. In fact, we encourage you to become an active participant in your child’s care. We also welcome visitation with siblings and grandparents whenever possible.
- A dedicated family waiting room—Our spacious lounge is equipped with a refrigerator, a microwave and wireless internet.
- An extra pair of hands—Our Cuddler Program offers carefully trained volunteers who hold, read to and console your baby in the NICU when you can’t be there.
We ensure you and your baby receive our full support—while you are in the hospital and after you go home.
Some of our postpartum care services include:
- Access to donor milk—If your baby needs more breast milk than you can supply, we offer human milk from donors through our partnership with Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters in Norfolk, Virginia. This means your baby can continue to receive the health benefits of breast milk.
- Baby photography—We partner with Mom365 to offer newborn portraits and an online gallery for family and friends.
- Comprehensive breastfeeding support—We’ve been named "breastfeeding-friendly" by the Virginia Department of Health for our efforts to support breastfeeding among new mothers. Our on-site internationally board-certified lactation consultants are available to help you and your baby learn successful breastfeeding techniques, if you wish. After discharge, you can still call our lactation consultants for additional support at (804) 483-2253.
- Family-centered care—We practice couplet care, or "rooming in," so you and your partner can bond with your baby in a private setting. This means your baby stays with you in your room, even during exams. Additionally, the same nurse cares for you and your baby throughout your time with us.
- Ongoing support and counseling—We offer postpartum support groups and postpartum depression treatment services, via 24/7 phone support—simply call (804) 483-0050.
Labor and delivery at HCA Virginia
Just as every baby is unique, so is every delivery. As your partner in care, we provide a customized birthing experience that begins long before your first contraction and continues well after delivery.Learn about Labor and delivery