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You & Your Baby
Whether your first child or your third, Beebe Women's and Children's Health is here to help guide you on your journey to motherhood. As a Baby-Friendly Hospital, Beebe strives to put the mother and baby first every step of the way. From our prenatal education classes to allowing skin-to-skin contact immediately following birth, Beebe aims to provide the highest quality care. Our team of OB/GYNs provide well-rounded prenatal care at women's health clinics so that both mother and baby are healthy. Find an OB/GYN.
Advanced Care. Close to Home.
Beebe Women's and Children's Health provides advanced care for babies 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Our Neonatal Nurse Practitioners have advanced education and certification in diagnosing and treating illnesses and clinical expertise in neonatal and newborn care. During your birthing experience at Beebe Healthcare, a pediatrician, nursing team, and this dedicated team of neonatal nurse practitioners will care for your baby following delivery. They will provide immediate medical care and stabilization for sick newborns.
Beebe Named Blue Distinction® Center+ for Maternity Care
Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware has recognized Beebe Healthcare with a Blue Distinction® Center+ for Maternity Care designation as part of the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program. Blue Distinction Centers are nationally designated hospitals that show expertise in delivering improved patient safety and better health outcomes, based on objective measures that were developed with input from the medical community. READ MORE.
Beebe is Baby-Friendly
Beebe is proud to have been re-designated as a Baby-Friendly™ Hospital, reflecting its commitment to the optimal level of care for infant feeding and mother-and-infant bonding. Beebe Healthcare was the first organization in Delaware to earn this prestigious international designation in 2013, and was re-designated in 2019.
This international designation was launched as part of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) in 1991 by the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). It recognizes birthing centers that successfully implement the “Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding” and the International Code of Marketing of Breast-Milk Substitutes.
While the focus of Baby-Friendly is on breastfeeding, it also supports the importance of how a mother and infant bond with each other following birth, regardless of feeding method. Immediately after birth, the labor and delivery nurse gives the baby to the mother to hold on her bare chest, skin-to-skin, to assist in stabilizing the baby’s temperature and blood sugar and to begin the bonding process. Mothers that give birth by cesarean section at Beebe also have the opportunity to have skin-to-skin contact following birth.
There are more than 20,000 designated Baby-Friendly hospitals and birth centers worldwide. Currently there are 570 active Baby-Friendly hospitals and birth centers in the United States. The “Baby-Friendly” re-designation is given after a rigorous on-site survey is completed. The award is maintained by continuing to practice the Ten Steps as demonstrated by quality processes.
BABY-FRIENDLY™ 10 STEPS HOSPITALS MUST MEET:
STEP 1: Have a written breastfeeding policy that is routinely communicated to all healthcare staff.
STEP 2: Train all healthcare staff in the skills necessary to implement this policy.
STEP 3: Inform all pregnant women about the benefits and management of breastfeeding.
STEP 4: Help mothers initiate breastfeeding within one hour of birth.
STEP 5: Show mothers how to breastfeed and how to maintain lactation even if they are separated from their infants.
STEP 6: Give infants no food or drink other than breast milk unless medically indicated.
STEP 7: Practice rooming-in to allow mothers and infants to remain together 24 hours a day.
STEP 8: Encourage breastfeeding on demand.
STEP 9: Give no pacifiers or artificial nipples to breastfeeding infants.
STEP 10: Foster the establishment of breastfeeding support groups and refer mothers to them on discharge from the hospital or birth center.
Safe Sleep Certification
Beebe Healthcare has been recognized by the National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program as a “Gold Safe Sleep Champion,” the highest designation, for its commitment to best practices and education on infant safe sleep. Beebe Healthcare, a Cribs for Kids® partner, has been recognized for following the safe sleep guidelines recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and for providing training programs for parents, staff and the community. READ MORE.
During your pregnancy, our prenatal classes help parents prepare for the big day. Our teaching approach is tailored to the individual, to enable you to design your own learning path. And when your baby is born, we make sure that the big day takes place just as you want it—from the birthing method to your family's role in delivery. The choice is all yours. What better way is there to welcome your child into the world?
This is an exciting time, but you might also feel anxious about the childbirth process. The Beebe Healthcare Women’s Health team is here for you. We want you to have the best birth experience possible, and we also want to provide you the information you need to know before coming to the Medical Center to give birth. Join us for our free childbirth education classes! During your pregnancy, our childbirth education classes for parents will help your prepare for the big day. And, when you come to Beebe to have your baby, you and your healthcare team will work together to create the best birthing experience for you! What better way is there to welcome your child into the world? Classes are offered the third Sunday of every month from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. To register for a class, for more information, or to set up a tour of Women's Health, call (302) 645-3726.
Beebe Offers Prenatal Breastfeeding Classes
The Women’s Health Breastfeeding Class is for expectant mothers. This class explains the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative, the importance of breastfeeding and skin-to-skin contact with newborns. Beebe’s Lactation Consultant Nancy Hastings, RN, IBCLC, gives tips on breastfeeding on cue, sleepless nights, signs of a good latch, adequate intake, and not overthinking it. Topics also include safe sleep environments for babies, colostrum collection for diabetic moms, and normal newborn behaviors. There is no charge for the class. RSVP for an upcoming class or schedule a tour of the family birth center, call (302) 645-3726.
Beebe Offers Breastfeeding Support Group in Georgetown
Breastfeeding Support Group
First and Third Tuesday of each month
Join other breastfeeding mothers for an informal gathering of emotional support and encouragement. The group is free to join and is led by Beebe's internationally certified lactation consultants. Beebe is the first Baby-Friendly™ Hospital in Delaware. The group meets from 11 a.m. to noon at Beebe's Georgetown Campus, 21635 Biden Ave., Georgetown, in the first floor conference room. Call (302) 645-3577 for more information.
Beebe Women's Health Offers Breastfeeding Clinic on Tuesdays
Tuesdays at Beebe Healthcare’s Georgetown Campus: 21635 Biden Ave. Georgetown, Del. (across from Delaware Tech)
Mothers with questions or concerns about breastfeeding may make an appointment to be seen at the Breastfeeding Clinic. Call (302) 645-3577 or (302) 236-5035 to make your appointment. Did you know? Regardless of where you delivered your baby, most Insurance/Medicaid plans cover up to six, no co-pay, outpatient visits with an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant.
Women's Resource Center
As part of Beebe's continued dedication to women's health, we offer a Women's Resource Center that gives information about our Beebe physicians, as well as about services in our local community for women and children. Are you new to the area and looking for a pediatrician? Check out the resource page for local information.
The most serious threat linked to Zika is serious birth defects. While it generally presents as a mild illness, there have been reports of serious birth defects to infants whose mother contracted the virus while pregnant. Microcephaly is a condition in which a baby’s head is smaller than expected when compared to babies of the same sex and age, and other poor pregnancy outcomes in babies of mothers are now being linked to the virus.
As a result, the Division of Public Health (DPH) is focusing its messaging and awareness on preventing exposure to pregnant women and their partners. If you are pregnant and have traveled outside the country or believe you may have contracted the Zika virus, please talk to your physician as soon as possible.