Coronavirus Information from Penn Obstetrics

Obstetrical providers across the health system have been working from the beginning of the pandemic to make sure that we are able to continue to provide care to our patients that is personal, based on good science, and meets the high standards we have for care at Penn. We have many processes in place to make sure the birth of your child is safe and special.

Appointments and Procedures: How We're Keeping You Safe

At Penn Medicine, our highest priority is making sure you get the care you need, when you need it, in the safest way possible.

We have safety protocols for in-person appointments and procedures. We are continually evaluating patient care to improve treatment and reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19.

We also have answers to frequently asked questions about COVID-19 and pregnancy, vaccination, breastfeeding, and how you can help keep your baby safe.

A high number of Philadelphia-area families choose Penn Medicine hospitals for pregnancy care and childbirth. In 1765, Pennsylvania Hospital was the first U.S. hospital to deliver a baby. Now, we welcome more than 5,000 babies into the world every year.

Maternity Care at Pennsylvania Hospital: Why Choose Us?

We were the first in the area — and one of fewer than 100 hospitals nationwide — to receive Perinatal Care Certification from the Joint Commission. We are also a Magnet® hospital for excellence in nursing care. These distinctions recognize our commitment to providing patient-centered care to mothers and newborns.

We offer all the maternity care services you need, including:

Private birthing suites

Pennsylvania Hospital was the first hospital in Philadelphia to offer families the comfort of private birthing suites. You can have the childbirth experience you desire, with top medical care always accessible.

You may choose to receive care from our OB-GYNs or certified nurse midwives. We are the area’s only medical center with 24/7 nurse midwifery services. We also work with doulas.

You have access to:

  • Nurses trained in Lamaze International® natural childbirth methods
  • Wireless fetal monitors so you can walk around, speeding labor
  • Jetted whirlpool tub
  • Private showers in all rooms

Infant feeding support

As a designated Baby-Friendly® Hospital, we offer International Board Certified Lactation Consultants® (IBCLC) and maternity nurses to help you succeed at breastfeeding. Should you choose to use infant formula, we show you how to prepare formula and bottle-feed your baby safely. New parents may keep babies in their rooms or use our nursery.

Our outpatient lactation and education center, Solutions for Women, provides breastfeeding support care, consultations with lactation experts and support groups for nursing parents. You can also get supplies like breast pumps, nursing bras and nursing pillows. Our certified bra fitter ensures a comfortable fit.

High-risk pregnancy care

Penn Maternal Fetal Medicine Washington Square provides specialized services for women experiencing high-risk pregnancies. We have dedicated programs for diabetes and families with genetic conditions. Our Heart Safe Motherhood Program helps if you have high blood pressure after childbirth. We also manage pregnancies that are complex because an unborn baby has a medical condition.

Help for fragile newborns

Medically fragile newborns receive advanced care at our Level 3 neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), the largest in the region. Our NICU is one of two in the state to hold the Silver Beacon Award for Excellence from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. Our NICU doctors work with specialists from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) to care for babies with special needs.

Emergency services

Pregnant women who become ill or need medical care can skip the emergency department and come directly to our Perinatal Evaluation and Treatment Unit. Our maternity experts, including high-risk pregnancy specialists, provide around-the-clock services. If needed, we quickly admit you to the hospital.

Childbirth and parenting education

We offer classes and programs to help you feel confident in your new parenting role. Programs include:

OB-GYN Practices that Deliver at Pennsylvania Hospital

Nine Penn practices, including the city’s only standalone nurse midwifery practices, provide obstetric care at Pennsylvania Hospital. These practices include:

Request an Appointment

To request an appointment, please call 800-789-7366 or complete our online form.

  • Birth and Baby Classes

    Classes offered at Pennsylvania Hospital to prepare you for childbirth, parenting and beyond.

  • Hall-Mercer Child and Parent Center

    For almost 50 years, the Hall-Mercer Child and Parent Center has been a leader in providing supportive, nurturing experiences for families with young children in the Philadelphia region.

  • The Birthing Suite

    Expectant couples seeking a homelike atmosphere for their birth experience have an excellent delivery alternative at Pennsylvania Hospital's Birthing Suite.

  • Childbirth Facilities

    Pennsylvania Hospital has different types of rooms and amenities for your labor and delivery.

  • Antepartum Unit

    Pennsylvania Hospital has a Antepartum Unit to provide specialized care to women experiencing complications during pregnancy.

  • Perinatal Evaluation and Treatment Unit

    The Perinatal Evaluation and Treatment Unit (PETU) at Pennsylvania Hospital offers a centralized location to evaluate pregnancy concerns.

  • Postpartum Recovery

    After your baby is born, you will transition to Pennsylvania Hospital's postpartum maternity unit.

  • Private Maternity Suites

    Pennsylvania Hospital is the first hospital in the city of Philadelphia where all of the maternity suites are private.

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