INOVA Fair Oaks Birth Stats

As a doula and birth photographer, I have compiled helpful stats and info about the birth environment at Fair Oaks. This page is updated by BB Birth Services.

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About INOVA Fair Oaks

Hospital Location3600 Joseph Siewick Drive Fairfax, VA 22033
Labor and Delivery3rd Floor
(703) 391-3600
Vallet ParkingMon-Fri 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
ParkingPark in lot near Main hospital entrance
After hoursUse ER Entrance


Babies per month300
Unmedicated BirthCommon
Vaginal Multiples
BreechClick to Add
WaterbirthDuring labor only
Bring your own tub*

*You may bring your own birth pool to labor in, but it must be approved by BioMed before you go into labor.


Well-baby Nursery

*If your baby is born before 28 weeks, you will need to transfer to a hospital with a higher level NICU, such as INOVA Fairfax.


Average births per month300
Mother to Nurse Ratio during labor2:1
Mother to Nurse Ratio during delivery1:1
Total C-section Rate30%
Repeat C-section Rate88%
Episiotomy Rate0.6%*

*Historically, Fair Oaks hasn't tracked this stat. However, in October 2015, there were two perineal lacerations reported. This Episiotomy Rate is calculated by dividing the number of lacerations by the average number of births. 

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 InjectionsNo
Nitrous OxideNo

Labor and Delivery Amenities

Private LDR RoomsAll 13 Rooms
Toilets and ShowersAll Rooms
Adjustable lightsAll Rooms
Adjustable temperatureAll Rooms
Jacuzzi TubUpon request*
Squat BarUpon request
Birth BallNo
Peanut BallUpon Request
Birth StoolNo

*This tub is small. It is not suitable for moms taller than 5'8", and it does not allow moms to fully submerge their belly. Fair Oaks Hospital's administration is discussing the possibility of making one room more natural childbirth friendly, including installing a larger birthing tub for moms during labor. Delivering in the water is not available now and would not be available even with a larger tub. This remodeling could happen as early as Spring 2016. Please contact them and let them know if you are interested in this amenity. Support from the community may help them make their decision. 

Visitation During Labor and Delivery

Persons allowed in triagePartner Only
Persons allowed in LDRUp to 4
Persons allowed during epidural insertionPartner Only
Siblings allowed during labor
Persons allowed during c-sectionPartner Only

Labor Policies

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

Saline/Hep lockRequired
DrinkingClear liquids only
EatingNot allowed
Time Limit after PROMLabor must start within 18 hours
Stalled LaborPitocin after 1-2 hours
Pushing time limit3 hours
Vaginal examsRoutine
Blood pressure cuffIntermittent*
Electronic Fetal MonitoringIntermittent*
Typical monitoring40 off - 20 on

* You'll need to be continuously monitored once your water breaks, you start pitocin, or if your baby is in distress. If you don't have an epidural, you can get off the bed and move around close to the monitor, as long as they can get a good strip.

Delivery Positions 

Your doctor has the most influence on which position you can deliver in. Though options are more limited with an epidural, you can still ask for an upright position.

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

Newborn Services

Though the staff may encourage you to comply with routine newborn procedures, you can opt-out of any procedures and screenings - except the newborn exam. You'll need to sign a waiver.

If you have a strong desire to delay cord clamping or the newborn exam, be sure you mention it when you arrive - and remind them again just before delivery.

Newborn Exam
Cord ClampingCan delay
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 collection
Private cord blood collection
Placenta ServicesPrepped for Home*

*Mom must sign a release form. The placenta first goes to the histology lab, and then is released to the mother.

Postpartum Recovery

Length of stay: Vaginal2 nights
Length of stay: C-section3 nights
Postpartum rooming-inEncouraged
Private postpartum recovery roomsAvailable
Semi-private postpartum recovery roomsAvailable
Sleep-chair for partnerOnly in private rooms
Partner visitation: Private roomsUnlimited
Partner visitation: Semi-private rooms10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Family Visitation11:00 AM - 8:30 PM
Other vistors over 12 years old11:00 AM - 8:30 PM

Lactation Support

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

Certified Lactation Consultants
Breastfeeding supply store
Breastfeeding support groupMeets Thurs 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
INOVA Fairfax Women's Hospital 7th Floor


Mom, baby, and partner have matching security bands
Family Waiting Room


Last updated: 11/2015 by BB Birth Services. BB Birth Services offers doula support, childbirth classes, and placenta encapsulation services in the Fairfax, Virginia area.