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After Your Baby Is Born

At Reston Hospital Center, our care for you, your baby and your family continues after delivery to make sure your parenting journey gets off to a great start.

Safe, Compassionate Care for Moms & Babies

Reston Hospital provides a safe, inviting place for you to get to know and bond with your new family member. Whatever your needs or concerns, we're here to assist you.

If you plan to breastfeed, our certified lactation consultants will be on hand to make sure your experience goes smoothly.

Our "rooming in" philosophy means you and your baby get to know each other in the safe and comfortable environment of your maternity room while you're in the hospital. Our dedicated and attentive staff members assist you 24/7 in caring for your newborn. But if your baby needs special care or observation or you experience health issues that prevent your baby from remaining in your room, your baby may stay in our Newborn Observation Unit. The unit is staffed by specially trained nurses who attend all high-risk deliveries and are certified in neonatal resuscitation.

We care for babies with medical concerns in our Level III A Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

Our pediatric care unit is located on the third floor, with staff that includes a pediatric hospitalist (a doctor dedicated to the care of children in the hospital) and pediatric nurses trained in Pediatric Emergency Assessment, Recognition and Stabilization (PEARS).

At Reston Hospital, we take every measure to ensure your baby's security. As soon as your baby is born, identification bands are placed on one ankle and one wrist. A matching ID band is placed on your wrist and, if desired, the wrist of one other adult. If you and your baby are separated, ID bands will be checked when you're reunited.

All newborns are monitored by HUGS, a security system that tracks baby's location and helps prevent them from leaving the maternity area unless accompanied by an adult wearing a matching ID band. In the case of an unauthorized exit, an alarm sounds and the unit goes into lock-down mode.

In addition, all nursing staff assigned to labor and delivery, maternity or pediatrics wear special hospital ID badges and uniforms. Never hesitate to question the identity of a person who enters your hospital room.

Because we know being a new mom can be physically and emotionally stressful, we partner with Nurses Touch Therapy to provide our new moms with postpartum massage following delivery on weekdays and some weekends. Massage eases recovery from labor and birth by alleviating muscle strain and soreness and promoting healing. Nurturing touch–and having someone pay attention just to you–offers emotional relief in addition to the physical benefits of massage.

To help you and your significant other celebrate your new arrival, you receive a private, gourmet meal before you leave the hospital.

Our Mommy Menus are specially designed to give your body the extra nutrition it needs. We also offer milkshakes and other snacks throughout the day and evening to help you get the calories you'll need as you're healing and breastfeeding. If you want something special, just ask your nurse.

We offer free Wi-Fi throughout our hospital. Simply open your web browser and follow the instructions to log in.

A birth certificate is a legal document that verifies your child's age, citizenship and parentage. Our birth registrar is onsite seven days a week. After your baby's born, hospital staff will provide you with a birth certificate worksheet. The completed worksheet–which is filed electronically with the Commonwealth of Virginia–will generate a printout for you to review and sign. This printout is sent to the Vital Records Office in Richmond, after which you can obtain an official copy of the birth certificate by submitting an application and a check to the Commonwealth of Virginia.

The birth certificate worksheet also gives you the option to request a Social Security number–issued free by the federal Social Security Administration–for your baby. If you choose this option, a Social Security card will be mailed directly to your home in approximately eight weeks.

Understanding Postpartum Depression

It's not unusual for a woman to experience an emotional letdown after delivery. Postpartum depression is characterized by feelings of sadness, confusion, anxiety and other signs of depression. While the causes of postpartum depression will vary, a change in hormone levels and sleep deprivation are primary culprits. At Reston Hospital, each of our new mothers receives a screening for postpartum depression using the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS).

To minimize postpartum depression, be certain to set aside time to rest while your baby is sleeping. Ask your significant other or a friend to watch your baby so you can get out of the house. Talk to your family and friends about how you're feeling and avoid spending too much time alone.

In some cases, medical attention may be required for postpartum depression. If you experience symptoms that last more than a few days or impair your ability to function, speak to your doctor. Learn more about postpartum depression in our online Health Library and explore the mental health assistance available through our sister facility, Dominion Hospital.