Family Birthplace Virtual Tour

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From the earliest stages of planning a family to the first years of parenthood, the Family Birthplace (FBP) is here for you.

Creating a Birthplace

You can meet with one of our nurses for prenatal evaluations and the outlining of an individual birth plan with support from your physician, nurse midwife, and the Family Birthplace team.

We offer a comprehensive list of expectant parent classes to get parents and other family members, from grandparents to siblings, ready for the new arrival. The experienced Family Birthplace nurses instructing the courses are often the nurses the parents will see during labor and delivery.


When it comes time to deliver, we have 14 private Labor, Delivery, Recovery, and Post-Partum rooms, including one room with a Labor Tub and nine OB/GYN private rooms designed to promote the comfort and décor of home. Our rooms are spacious enough to accommodate a family member throughout the birthing experience and feature recessed state-of-the-art operating room lighting, a large bathroom, and storage area. Mothers are also offered the flexibility of having the baby stay with them in the room or receive care in the nursery when the mother is resting.


Features of the Family Birthplace

  • Three triage rooms and an operating room suite for C-sections.
  • A three-bed antenatal testing area to ensure fetal well-being.
  • Non-stress tests, oxytocin challenge tests, AFI tests and sonograms are performed on an outpatient basis.
  • 24-hour anesthesia and pediatrician coverage.
  • High risk OB consults and testing.
  • Newborns greater than 32 weeks gestation, weighing more than 1500 grams are cared for in our Level II Nursery.
  • Advanced computerized security system for parents' peace of mind.
  • Labor tub
  • Lactation experts

Postnatal Care

Family Birthplace services don't end after the hospital stay is over. Follow-up home care visits, breast feeding consultation, and support and parenting seminars are offered. Lactation experts are available to help moms with breast feeding. A warmline is available for mothers with questions about breast feeding.

Expectant Parent Classes

  • Breast Feeding Support Group
  • Childbirth Refresher
  • Infant CPR
  • Infant Safety
  • LaLeche League
  • Maternity Unit Tour
  • Newborn Baby Care Class
  • Planned C-Section Birth
  • Prenatal Breast Feeding Class
  • Prepared Childbirth Classes–6-week and weekend options
  • Sibling Class
  • Sitter Safety

Click here to view Expectant Parent Classes.

Click here to view our Calendar of events.

For more information about the Family Birthplace or for a referral to a practitioner with privileges at University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health (UM UCH), call HealthLink at 800-515-0044.

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