About INOVA Fair Oaks
*You may bring your own birth pool to labor in, but it must be approved by BioMed before you go into labor.
*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 month||300|
|Mother to Nurse Ratio during labor||2:1|
|Mother to Nurse Ratio during delivery||1:1|
|Total C-section Rate||30%|
|Repeat C-section Rate||88%|
*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.
|Local Anesthetic Injection||✓|
|Sterile Water Injections||No|
Labor and Delivery Amenities
*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 triage||Partner Only|
|Persons allowed in LDR||Up to 4|
|Persons allowed during epidural insertion||Partner Only|
|Siblings allowed during labor||✓|
|Persons allowed during c-section||Partner Only|
Nurses can accommodate most safe birthing practices. Some alternative birthing practices may need to be approved by your midwife or doctor.
|Drinking||Clear liquids only|
|Time Limit after PROM||Labor must start within 18 hours|
|Stalled Labor||Pitocin after 1-2 hours|
|Pushing time limit||3 hours|
|Blood pressure cuff||Intermittent*|
|Electronic Fetal Monitoring||Intermittent*|
|Typical monitoring||40 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.
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 stirrups||Most Common|
|Hands and knees||✓|
|Squat on bed||✓|
|Backward on bed||✓|
|Squat on floor||No|
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.
|Cord Clamping||Can 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 drops||Click to Add|
|Erythromycin eye ointment||✓|
|Metabolic screening test||✓|
|Hep B Vaccine||✓|
|Public cord blood collection||✓|
|Private cord blood collection||✓|
|Placenta Services||Prepped for Home*|
*Mom must sign a release form. The placenta first goes to the histology lab, and then is released to the mother.
|Length of stay: Vaginal||2 nights|
|Length of stay: C-section||3 nights|
|Private postpartum recovery rooms||Available|
|Semi-private postpartum recovery rooms||Available|
|Sleep-chair for partner||Only in private rooms|
|Partner visitation: Private rooms||Unlimited|
|Partner visitation: Semi-private rooms||10:00 AM - 10:00 PM|
|Family Visitation||11:00 AM - 8:30 PM|
|Other vistors over 12 years old||11:00 AM - 8:30 PM|
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 group||Meets Thurs 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM |
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|Mom, baby, and partner have matching security bands||✓|
|Family Waiting Room||✓|