Virginia Hospital Center Birth Stats

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

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About VHC

I commend VHC for their work in bringing down their c-section rate to 20.9%. Here is an article about how they did it:

"Leapfrog: How did leadership react when learning about the high C-section rate, and was it difficult to get the necessary support to prioritize the issue?

Dr. DiLisi: You always want to be proactive, if possible, but in our situation, we found out our C-section rate was high after compiling data for the Leapfrog Hospital Survey in 2014. At that point, our C-section rate was 33 percent, well above Leapfrog’s target rate of 23.9 percent. Once we saw that, we said, “That’s not who we are. We’re about putting the patient first and this is a big issue.” 

I love this transparency:

The Medical Director for Labor and Delivery "started posting C-section rates by provider in the OB physician lounge. At that point, the rate began dropping very quickly. Once you start displaying performance publicly like that, good things generally happen."

Keep up the good work, VHC!

Births per Month306
Unmedicated BirthCommon
Vaginal Multiples

Hospital Information

Hospital Location1701 N George Mason Dr, Arlington, VA 22205
Labor and Delivery3rd floor
703- 558-6171
Parking*Green garage
Vallet ParkingOnly in Blue garage
After hoursUse ER entrance

*There are a few reserved spots in front of the Women and Infant Health wing. Park there until you are able to move the car to the Green Parking Area.


Well-baby Nursery

Induction Methods

Swiping membranes
Breaking water
Cervical Ripening
Castor OilNo
Breast StimulationNo

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
Sterile Water InjectionsNo
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 Ball
Peanut Ball
Birth StoolNo
Telemetry EFMUpon Request
Wireless EFM UnitNo
MicrowaveClick to Add

Visitation During Labor and Delivery

Persons allowed in triagePartner and Doula
Persons allowed in LDRUp to 5
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 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. Thought 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 procedures (except weighing) can be done on mom's chest; just ask for a nurse that is comfortable doing it there. 

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 ServicesCan be taken home within four hours

Postpartum Recovery

Length of stay: Vaginal2 nights
Length of stay: C-section3 nights
Postpartum rooming-inEncouraged
Private postpartum recovery roomsAll rooms
Sleep-chair for partner
Partner visitationUnlimited
Family Visitation11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Other vistors over 12 years old11:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Lactation Support

Nurses can help you get started with breastfeeding. A lactation consultant is available during the day to offer guidance and support. The day after your baby is born, you are invited to attend a lactation consultation on the L&D floor. 

Certified Lactation Consultants
Breastfeeding supply store
Breastfeeding support groupMeets Weds 12:00 PM & Thurs 10:30 AM


Mom, baby, and partner have matching security bands
Family waiting roomNo