Why Deliver at Virtua?
- Experience in delivering more than 8,000 babies a year
- State-designated Regional Perinatal Center, providing the highest level of care for mothers and babies
- Maternal-fetal medicine program named “Center of Excellence” by Phil-adelphia Magazine
- Comprehensive perinatal depression screening and treatment program recognized by the State of New Jersey and modeled by other NJ health-care providers
When a woman finds out shes going to have a baby, it starts a thrilling 9-month journey that’s filled with excitement, surprises and questions
Expectant mothers can trust Virtua’s experienced doctors and nurses for sup-port throughout pregnancy, delivery and beyond. As a state-designated Re-gional Perinatal Center, Virtua provides the highest level of care for mothers and babies.
While this recognition brings assurance to many parents, it’s reinforced by Virtua’s experience in delivering more than 8,000 babies a year. More impor-tantly, Virtua’s obstetricians and nurses help parents create a family-centered pregnancy and birth experience that’s personal and memorable.
After five years of fertility treatments and an emotional roller coaster, my husband and I were scheduled to deliver our first-born at Virtua. After a few weeks in the hospital in preterm labor, we arrived back at the hosptial for our scheduled c-section. Three hours later, our not-so-little miracle baby Gracin Leigh was born at 10 pounds, 8 ounces.
I can tell you that everything that you think you know before having a child goes right out the window the first time they wheel the baby into you. The whole staff was so helpful in preparing me physically and emotionally to take my daughter home after she was discharged from the neonatal intensive care unit.
Words cannot express the gratitude I have for each and every person that helped me and my husband through this time. Our daughter is now a thriving 5 year old, and I enjoy every minute of it!
Being a first time mom, I was nervous about delivering. But when I went in for my scheduled c-section, I realized there was no need to be nervous. The nurses and doctors at Virtua made my experience so calming. I felt safe in their capable hands. After my delivery, my family and friend came to visit; the staff were very accommodating and went out of their way to make sure everyone was comfortable. They also made sure that my boyfriend and I ate three incredibly satisfying meals per day. At night, I had the option to keep the baby in my room or let the baby sleep in the nursery. It was nice to have the choice.
The staff took the time to give me tips on changing and swaddling. A lactation consultant also helped me with positioning during breastfeeding. They reassured my firt-time parent worries. Honestly, I was sad to leave the hospital where we had such support. Overall, it was a wonderful experience.
Now 10 months, my daughter is growing so fast. It seems like yesterday that my husband was rushing me to the hospital to deliver. My water broke before I arrived at the hospital, and I knew she was coming fast. My husband and I pulled up to the valet and went right into the hospital. I was glad that I had preregistered because all they had to do was verify some information; it took less than five minutes. When I arrived in triage, I warned the nurses that my baby was quickly coming, and they responded. I received an epidural in the nick of time. Fifteen minutes later, my daughter was born.
I really meant a lot to me that the nurse listened to me. I knew my body, and I knew my daughter was coming quickly. If they had hesitated, I wouldn’t have been able to get an epidural, and that was something I really wanted.
When I arrived at Virtua to deliver, my doctor examined me, and discovered that my baby hadn't dropped low enough to deliver vaginally. Concerned about the health and safety of my baby, the doctor recommended a cesarean section. I was really nervous about the procedure. The nurses calmed me down and began shifting me into different positions to see if the baby would drop. Moving me to my side, the baby finally dropped, and I was able to deliver vaginally. I was grateful to the doctor and nurses for their exertise and compassion.
My parents got lost on the way to the hospital. Knowing how important it was for them to be there for the delivery, a nurse stayed on the phone with them until they made it to the hospital.
As members of the United States Air Force, my husband and I are sometimes stationed away from home. While I always miss my husband, it was especially difficult to have him away from home during the birth of our third child. Even though he could not be there in person, Virtua's staff made it possible for my husband to share this special moment with me. With a laptop, camera and Internet connection, my husband witnessed the birth of our son. After delivery, this virtual connection enabled me to bond with my husband and baby in private.
The nurses, doctors and staff were amazing. They were extremely caring, positive and emotionally supportive. They made every effort to accommodate me and my family.
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