INOVA Fairfax Birth Stats

As a doula and birth photographer, I have compiled helpful stats and info about the birth environment at INOVA Fairfax. 

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About INOVA Fairfax

Hospital Location3300 Gallows Road Falls Church, VA 22042
Labor and Delivery3rd Floor
Valet ParkingNo additional charge
ParkingUse valet parking or park in the Blue Parking lot
After hoursUse ER Entrance


Births per Month903
Unmedicated BirthRare
Vaginal Multiples
Frank BreechClick to Add

*Reported by staff in October 2015; INOVA Fairfax declined to submit their c-section rate to The LeapFrog Group.


Well-baby Nursery

Over the course of six months I asked four nurses, including two head charge nurses these questions: "How often do you see unmedicated births?" and "What percentage of births are unmedicated". Here are the responses:

  1. (Charge Nurse) We fully support moms in any birth they want, but most moms use an epidural.

  2. I see it rarely - maybe once or twice a week.

  3. Perhaps 3% - and even then, it is usually only because mom asked for an epidural and they didn’t get it to her in time.

  4. (Charge Nurse) Mom decides what she wants for her birth. We support every kind of birth and have experience in unmedicated birth.

Their advice for moms wanting unmedicated birth was to have a clear plan, labor at home as long as possible, have good support, and remain flexible.

Induction Methods

Swiping membranes
Breaking water
Cervical Ripening
Castor Oil
Breast Stimulation

Pain-relief Options

Some pain-relief options are not available later in labor. In fact, the closer you get to delivery, the more likely you'll only be able to use an epidural. If you are hoping to use something else, be sure you mention it early on.

Epidural Block
Spinal Block
Local Anesthetic Injection
Pudendal Block
Nitrous Oxide

Labor and Delivery Amenities

Private LDR RoomsAll Rooms
Toilets and ShowersAll Rooms
Adjustable lightsAll Rooms
Adjustable temperatureAll Rooms
Jacuzzi Tub
Squat BarUpon Request
Birth Ball
Peanut Ball
Birth Stool
Telemetry EFM UnitUpon Request
Waterproof EFM Unit

Visitation During Labor and Delivery

Siblings allowed during labor
Persons allowed in triage Partner
Persons allowed in LDR5
Persons allowed during epidural insertionPartner
Persons allowed during c-sectionPartner

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

* Some doctors allow up to 2 hours off, 15 minutes 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 still move around - 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

The staff may encourage you to comply with routine newborn procedures, but you can opt-out of any procedures and screenings, except the newborn exam, by signing 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 dropsYou must provide
Erythromycin eye ointment
Metabolic screening test
Bilirubin test
Hearing Screening
Hep B Vaccine
Public cord blood collection
Private cord blood collection
Placenta Services*Sign a release

*Fairfax allows moms to take their placenta home whether they have a vaginal or cesarean birth. Let your nurses and doctor know as soon as you arrive that you'd like to take it with you. You'll need to fill out a short form. After your birth you can take your partner or doula can take your placenta home. Be sure to remember a cooler and ziplock bags.

Postpartum Recovery

Length of stay: Vaginal2 nights
Length of stay: C-section3 nights
Postpartum rooming-inEncouraged
Private postpartum recovery rooms192 Rooms
Semi-private postpartum recovery roomsNone
Sleep-chair for partner
Partner visitationUnlimited
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
Valet Parking
Parking InfoUse valet parking or park in the Blue Parking lot



INOVA Fairfax is one of the busiest hospitals in the area for childbirth. They handle a huge volume of babies every day and are very good at streamlining care. If you - or your baby - have a high-risk situation, INOVA Fairfax should definitely be in the running. In addition to their highly-skilled clinicians, INOVA Fairfax is the only hospital in the area with a Level 4 NICU.

If you deliver at INOVA Fairfax here are some tips:

1. Have a clear plan of care written up and approved by your doctor. 
2. Make your preferences known upon arrival. Nurses can accommodate most safe practices approved by your obstetrician or midwife. 
3. If desired, ask for a nurse that has more experience with unmedicated birth. 
4. Be ready to advocate for yourself in a way that shows respect for your medical team and their experience.