About INOVA Alexandria
|Local Anesthetic Injection||✓|
|Sterile Water Injections||✓|
Labor and Delivery Amenities
Visitation During Labor and Delivery
|Siblings allowed during labor||✓|
|Persons allowed in triage||Partner only|
|Persons allowed in LDR||Partner plus 4|
|Persons allowed during epidural insertion||Click to Add|
|Persons allowed during c-section||Partner only|
Find current visitation policies here.
Nurses can accommodate most safe birthing practices. Some birthing practices may need to be approved by your midwife or doctor.
|Drinking||Mother's Choice if no epidural|
|Eating||Mother's Choice if no epidural|
|Time Limit after PROM||Click to Add|
|Stalled Labor||Click to Add|
|Pushing time limit||Click to Add|
|Blood pressure cuff||Intermittent|
|Electronic Fetal Monitoring||Intermittent|
|Typical EFM monitoring||40 off - 20 on|
|IA Monitoring with Doppler*||May be approved|
Some providers will allow intermittent auscultation using a fetal doppler. Ask your provider for more information.
|Laying down with stirrups||Most Common|
|Hands and knees||✓|
|Squat on bed||✓|
|Backward on bed||✓|
|Squat on floor||No|
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.
|Cord Clamping||Can 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 drops||Click to Add|
|Erythromycin eye ointment||✓|
|Metabolic screening test||✓|
|Hep B Vaccine||✓|
|Public cord blood collection||No|
|Private cord blood collection||✓|
*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.
All visitors must be healthy.
|Length of stay: Vaginal||2 nights|
|Length of stay: C-section||3 nights|
|Private postpartum recovery rooms||✓|
|Sleep-chair for partner||✓|
|Postpartum Partner visitation||Unlimited|
|Postpartm Family Visitation*||11:00 AM - 9:00 PM|
|Quiet Time||2:00 - 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.
Nurses can help you get started with breastfeeding. A lactation consultant is available during the day to offer guidance and support.
|Lactation Center||On-site rentals and sales|
|Newborn Latch Group Sessioins||703-504-7867|
|New Mom Support Group||Tuesdays 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 Room||Click to Add|