Giving Babies the Best Start

Maternity Services

When you’re pregnant, you have thousand things to think about. Choosing where to delivery your baby should be a decision that provides peace of mind. At Penn Highlands Healthcare, we take the arrival of your newest family member very seriously. We have Maternity Units in two locations with labor and delivery options that make you as comfortable as possible. Plus, our expert staff and neonatal intensive care unit make our smallest patients our biggest priority.

Labor and Delivery Options

Our Maternity Units at Penn Highlands Dubois and Penn Highlands Elk have private rooms with soft lighting so that you feel like you’re in the comfort of your own home. But don’t be fooled by how it looks. The most up-to-date equipment and evidence-based practices are in place. Moms can stay in one room from admission, through labor and delivery until discharged. Moms who require cesarean delivery will go to our specially equipped operating rooms nearby and then return to a postpartum room after the birth.

Labor can be long and exhausting, so we want to do everything we can to keep you comfortable, ease your pain, and facilitate a trouble-free delivery. In our maternity units, laboring moms can choose to use a Jacuzzi tub or birthing balls, which can help get a baby to the correct position and cut down on back strain. We also offer “peanut” balls, which can help reduce labor pains. Moms who choose to have an epidural, will be cared for by our expert Anesthesia Department.

For moms-to-be who want to be able to walk and move during labor, we provide patients with the Monica Novii wireless monitoring system—a small, but accurate fetal heart rate monitor that is beltless and cordless. It also records the maternal heart rate, which is monitored in real time by our team of obstetrics nurses.

High-Risk Deliveries

Whether you’re having a VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean section), twins, or you need an emergency cesarean, you’ll be in good hands with our labor and delivery team. Obstetricians, anesthesiologists, and perinatology experts, along with our specialized nurses and neonatal intensive care unit work together to ensure that every baby gets the best start possible.

After-Birth Care for Babies

After delivery, we practice skin-to-skin contact between mom and baby by placing your newborn on your chest. This improves your baby’s heart and lung function, stabilizes baby’s body temperature, and regulates your infant’s blood sugars.

We also encourage new families to spend time together during the “Golden Hour” after delivery, with just the mom and a significant other in the room with the newborn to maximize bonding. The maternity units observe quiet time daily from 2:00 to 4:00 PM daily to allow parents to relax and enjoy some special time with their infants.

Why Choose Penn Highlands to Give Birth?

The Maternal and Child Centers of Penn Highlands Healthcare were created to serve the many communities within the Penn Highlands region as one team for quality care for expectant and new mothers, and their babies. Our caring team has the knowledge and specialized training to support moms (and dads) to be.

The center is comprised of the Maternity Units of Penn Highlands Elk and Penn Highlands DuBois, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and the Penn Highlands Perinatal Consultants office for high-risk pregnancies. Obstetricians and gynecological services can also be considered a part of this mom-and-baby-centric family of care.

Finding a Pediatrician for Your Newborn

Now that your beautiful little one has arrived, you want to ensure they continue to get the best care possible by finding a pediatrician that’s right for you and your family. Starting a few months before you’re due to give birth, ask friends and family members for referrals or look online for bios, credentials, and reviews of specific pediatricians or family practice physicians. You also want to choose a pediatrician who takes your insurance and has an office near you. When your baby is sick, you want to make sure she gets care as soon as possible. And when she’s really sick and needs more serious care, you want your pediatrician to be affiliated with a health system like Penn Highlands Healthcare, that can provide expert comprehensive care. You can choose a couple of pediatricians and set up a prenatal visit to get to know them and learn more about how their office works. And don’t worry, if you haven’t done this before your delivery, your obstetrics team can help ensure your baby gets what he initially needs and help you find a pediatrician for when you go home.

Let us help give your baby a healthy start. Find a Penn Highlands pediatrician and download our Pediatric/Adolescent Care brochure to learn more about all the services we offer located in the resources sidebar.

Maternity Services at Penn Highlands

The Maternal and Child Center at Penn Highlands DuBois provides expectant mothers a Maternity Unit, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Penn Highlands Perinatal Consultants for high-risk pregnancies and obstetricians and gynecological services.

Penn Highlands DuBois

100 Hospital Avenue
DuBois, PA 15801

The Maternal and Child Center at Penn Highlands Elk provides expectant mothers a Maternity Unit and obstetricians and gynecological services.

Penn Highlands Elk

763 Johnsonburg Road
St. Marys, PA 15857

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