Postpartum services and support

After you give birth, you and your baby will receive continued attention and help during your stay at Reston Hospital Center. But our care for you doesn't end after discharge—we continue to provide support after your transition home.

For more information about our childbirth services, please call our Child Birth Navigator at (703) 639-9538.

Reston Hospital's postnatal services include:

  • Family-centered care: We practice couplet care (also known as rooming in), so you and your partner can bond with your baby in a private setting after labor and delivery. This means your baby stays with you in the room at all times, even during examinations. The same nurse that cares for you also cares for your baby. Because we also know the importance of new parents getting some rest and healing, we are pleased to offer a Respite Nursery every night from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Your infant can visit the Respite Nursery for as little or as long as you would like and be cared for by one of our mother/baby registered nurses. This is an optional service that is available to you if you need it.
  • Comprehensive breastfeeding support: If you plan to breastfeed, our lactation consultants and registered nurses will provide education and support to help you and your newborn start your breastfeeding journey.
  • Restorative massage: To help alleviate pain and promote healing, we offer new moms a relaxing postpartum massage. This service is available seven days a week.
  • Ongoing support and counseling: It is natural to feel overwhelmed with the challenges of motherhood, but you do not have to face it alone. We offer screenings for postpartum depression, and therapy is available nearby at our sister facility, Dominion Hospital, in Falls Church. Get free, 24/7 phone support by calling (703) 538-2872.
  • Baby photography: Reston Hospital partners with Sweet Seedlings for newborn portraits, which provides an online gallery for family and friends.

Breastfeeding support

Research indicates that mothers who are supported in their breastfeeding journey are more likely to breastfeed longer and experience a greater feeling of success. At Reston Hospital, we are committed to helping you with your breastfeeding efforts and will provide comprehensive breastfeeding support to you and your baby.

Our International Board-Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC) will assist you after delivery and throughout your hospital stay to help you and your baby successfully breastfeed. In addition, all Reston Hospital maternity nurses are also lactation specialists and are available to address your basic breastfeeding needs.

Breastfeeding provides many health benefits to newborns, including:

  • Helps strengthen his or her immune system, warding off illnesses and infections
  • Protects against eczema and allergies
  • Reduces the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
  • More easily digested than formula

Mothers also benefit from breastfeeding through increased skin-to-skin contact, faster postnatal weight loss and a reduction in the likelihood of developing breast or ovarian cancer.

We understand that not all mothers choose to breastfeed and, sometimes, breastfeeding just won't work for either mom or baby. If breastfeeding is not possible, our lactation consultants provide advice on healthy bottle feeding, proper formula preparation and other aspects of feeding your new baby.