Labor and delivery unit in Richmond, Virginia

Important Information

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.

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Founded in 1909, Johnston-Willis Hospital in Chesterfield County has cared for generations of families and continues to deliver more than 1,500 babies annually. We are able to provide this services thanks to our expert maternity care teams, which include obstetricians, anesthesiologists, perinatologists, neonatologists and nurse practitioners. They work together, providing a collaborative approach that ensures you have a safe, healthy pregnancy and delivery.

For more information about Johnston-Willis Hospital's childbirth services or for help finding a doctor, call our free, 24/7 Consult-A-Nurse line at (804) 320-3627 (DOCS).


For our cost-efficient, high-quality maternity care, we are designated as a Blue Cross Blue Shield Association Blue Distinction Center for Maternity Care. We are also a Vermont Oxford Network Center of Excellence in Education and Training for Antibiotic Stewardship in Newborn Care.

Prenatal care

From routine pregnancy appointments to high-risk pregnancy care, our experienced OB/GYNs and perinatologists provide expert prenatal care. They will guide you throughout your pregnancy, from preconception to after delivery.

Maternity classes and hospital tours

As part of our prenatal services, we offer a wide range of maternity classes to help you and your support person prepare for pregnancy, childbirth and parenting.

Being familiar with our birth center can also help ease anxieties when the big day comes, so we provide free guided tours of our maternity unit.

Labor and delivery at our birthing center

We provide a variety of amenities and childbirth options to support your birth plan. We offer wireless fetal monitoring and low-intervention birth options, such as natural pain management techniques. Additionally, we provide soaking tubs for hydrotherapy, and we welcome doula care. (If you would like to work with a doula, we are happy to connect you to one in the Richmond area.)

When needed, we also have advanced obstetric technology, on-site anesthesiologists and dedicated operating rooms nearby for unplanned or emergency cesarean sections (C-sections).

Our large maternity suites include private bathrooms and sleeping arrangements for your partner or support person. There is no need to change rooms after your baby is born—you will recover and bond with your baby in the same space you gave birth.

Additionally, we offer snacks and beverages available for you and your partner in our family kitchen. Along with spacious waiting areas nearby, this helps your support team feel right at home throughout your childbirth experience.

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Neonatal intensive care

Our designation as a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) means we are better equipped to care for ill or premature newborns than many other hospitals.

Our NICU offers:

  • Gentle, yet critical neonatal care—Our NICU specialists are able to care for babies born before 32 weeks and/or weighing less than 3.3 pounds.
  • Leading neonatal expertise—Our experienced team is led by neonatologists (doctors with advanced training in caring for sick or premature newborns) who are on-call 24/7. The team also includes neonatal specialists, respiratory therapists, physical therapists, social workers and lactation consultants.
  • Individual private rooms that allow parents to remain with their babies for the duration of their care. This enables parents to be more involved in care and more comfortable during extended stays in the facility. The rooms include sleeper sofas and chairs that fully recline for sleeping or napping.
  • Each room is provided with a breast pump for moms to pump at their baby’s bedside, a refrigerator for breast milk storage, and a bottle warmer.
  • Improved developmental care for premature babies who need quiet and less light, and will reduce the chance for nosocomial infections.
  • Private pumping/lactation room for moms to be able to get away for a little quiet time.
  • Room-in room which parents and babies will stay before they go home. The room has a sleeper bed, lounging recliner, TV, and bathroom including shower.
  • Renowned care for drug-dependent babies—Together with our sister facility, Chippenham Hospital, we were among the first hospitals in central Virginia to treat newborns with withdrawal symptoms related to neonatal abstinence syndrome(NAS). We continue this care today via Chippenham Hospital's maternal addiction program, which offers respectful care and support to moms, infants and families who are struggling with substance abuse issues.
  • Research-driven care—Our NICU is part of theVermont Oxford Network, a worldwide group of more than 1,000 healthcare organizations working together to improve the quality and safety of neonatal care.
  • Support for immature lungs—we have the specialized respiratory equipment and staff necessary to treat babies who have trouble breathing.

Family-centered NICU support

Our NICU also serves as a quiet, nurturing space for your family to spend time with your little one.

To support you and your family, we offer:

  • Extended visitation—You can stay by your baby's side almost 24 hours a day. Our NICU only limits visitors during two, hour-long shift changes at 6:30am and 6:30pm.
  • Unlimited bonding—We encourage you to spend plenty of hands-on time holding or feeding your baby. We also welcome visitation with siblings and grandparents whenever possible.
  • An extra pair of hands—Our Cuddler Program offers carefully trained volunteers who hold, read to and provide comfort to NICU babies when parents cannot be present. We encourage you to take whatever time you need in this regard and to remember it is important to take time to care for yourself.

Postpartum care

Our team will continue to provide you with abundant support and encouragement after your baby is born and throughout your hospital stay. Our goal is to help you recover from childbirth, learn to care for your new baby and begin the transition home.

Some of our postpartum services include:

  • A celebratory meal—We help make your experience memorable by providing you and your partner a special, complimentary meal after your baby's birth.
  • Access to donor milk—If your baby needs more breast milk than you can supply, we offer donated breast milk from other mothers.
  • Baby photography—We partner with Mom365 for newborn portraits, and this service provides a convenient online gallery for family and friends.
  • Comprehensive breastfeeding support—Our specially trained lactation consultants will help you and your baby learn to breastfeed, if desired. After discharge, you can call a consultant at (804) 483-2253 for additional support or for an at-home consultation. This is part of the reason why we have earned the Virginia Department of Health's "breastfeeding-friendly" designation for our efforts to promote and support breastfeeding among new mothers.
  • Family-centered care—We practice couplet care (also known as "rooming in") so you and your partner can get to know your baby in a private setting. This means your baby stays with you in the room at all times, even during examinations.
  • Ongoing support and counseling—New motherhood can be overwhelming, but we are here for you. You can find 24/7 support for postpartum depression and mental health care through Chippenham Hospital's behavioral health program.

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.

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