INOVA Alexandria Birth Stats

As a doula and birth photographer, I have compiled helpful stats and info about Alexandria's birth environment. 

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About INOVA Alexandria

Hospital Location4320 Seminary Rd
Alexandria, VA 22304
Labor and Delivery2nd Floor
(703) 504-3000
5:30 AM - 9:00 PM
Visitor's Entrance
9:00 PM - 5:30 AMUse Emergency Entrance
Valet ParkingNo extra charge


Births per Month300
Unmedicated BirthCommon
Vaginal Multiples
Frank BreechClick to Add


Well-baby Nursery

Induction Methods

Swiping membranes
Breaking water
Cervical Ripening
Castor OilNo
Breast StimulationNo

Pain-relief Options

Epidural Block
Spinal Block
Local Anesthetic Injection
Pudendal Block
Sterile Water Injections
Nitrous OxideNo

Labor and Delivery Amenities

Private LDR RoomsAll Rooms
Toilets and ShowersAll Rooms
Adjustable lightsAll Rooms
Adjustable temperatureAll Rooms
Jacuzzi TubNo
Squat BarUpon Request
Birth BallNo
Peanut BallNo
Wireless EFM UnitClick to Add

Visitation During Labor and Delivery

Siblings allowed during labor
Persons allowed in triagePartner only
Persons allowed in LDRPartner plus 4
Persons allowed during epidural insertionClick to Add
Persons allowed during c-sectionPartner only

Find current visitation policies here.

Labor Policies

Nurses can accommodate most safe birthing practices. Some birthing practices may need to be approved by your midwife or doctor.

Saline/Hep lockRequired
DrinkingMother's Choice if no epidural
EatingMother's Choice if no epidural
Time Limit after PROMClick to Add
Stalled LaborClick to Add
Pushing time limitClick to Add
Vaginal examsLimited
Blood pressure cuffIntermittent
Electronic Fetal MonitoringIntermittent
Typical EFM monitoring40 off - 20 on
IA Monitoring with Doppler*May be approved
Wireless EFMNo
Belly BandNo

Some providers will allow intermittent auscultation using a fetal doppler. Ask your provider for more information.

Delivery Options

Laying down with stirrupsMost Common
Hands and knees
Squat on bed
Backward on bed
Squat on floorNo
Water BirthNo
Birth StoolNo

Newborn Services

If you have a strong desire about any newborn procedure, be sure you mention it when you arrive, and remind them again just before delivery.

Newborn Exam
Cord ClampingCan be delayed
Encourage immediate skin-to-skin
Encourage first feeding in LDR room
Delay procedures while mom and baby bond
Vitamin K shot
Vitamin K oral dropsClick to Add
Erythromycin eye ointment
Metabolic screening test
Bilirubin test
Hearing Screening
Hep B Vaccine
Public cord blood collectionNo
Private cord blood collection
Placenta Services*

*Moms can take their placenta home with them the day of delivery. You must sign a waiver in advance. Be sure to mention to your care provider and nurses so they treat it carefully. Bring a cooler and have your doula or other support person take it home and process it within a few hours of your birth.

Postpartum Recovery

All visitors must be healthy. 

Length of stay: Vaginal2 nights
Length of stay: C-section3 nights
Postpartum rooming-inEncouraged
Private postpartum recovery rooms
Sleep-chair for partner
Postpartum Partner visitationUnlimited
Postpartm Family Visitation*11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Quiet Time2:00 - 4:00 PM
Other vistors over 12 years old*11:00 AM - 9:00 PM

*Visitors are limited to 4, in addition to your primary labor support person/partner.

Lactation Support

Nurses can help you get started with breastfeeding. A lactation consultant is available during the day to offer guidance and support.

Lactation CenterOn-site rentals and sales
Newborn Latch Group Sessioins703-504-7867
New Mom Support GroupTuesdays 12:00 - 1:30 PM
Inova Alexandria Hospital
HEC Building 1&2
Prenatal breastfeeding classses


Mom, baby, and partner have matching security bands
Family Waiting RoomClick to Add