Giving Birth at Beebe Healthcare

Giving Birth at Beebe Healthcare


If you're looking at your options for hospital birth in lower, slower Delaware, you'll likely be including Beebe Healthcare in your search! Located in Lewes, Delaware, they are one of the few hospitals available to locals and they have a fantastic reputation and baby friendly distinctions. Let's take a look at resources that are available, classes, tours, and some reasons you may want to choose Beebe for your care.

Beebe Healthcare’s Labor & Delivery unit offers 24/7 family-centered care for mothers and infants. Maternity and birthing center services at the Margaret H. Rollins Lewes Campus include state-of-the-art labor and delivery rooms, surgical operating rooms, and neonatal nurse practitioners, all in a comfortable environment for your family.
— Beebe Healthcare
Beebe Medical Center

Beebe has been recognized for their family centered practices and was awarded the Baby Friendly Distinction in 2014, along Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware recognizing Beebe Healthcare with a Blue Distinction® Center+ for Maternity Care award.  They also are recognized by the National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program as a Gold Safe Sleep Champion. They have experienced and caring staff, including lactation consultants and midwives. 

The Beebe Women’s Health Pavilion is staffed by 30 maternity nurses, 1 lactation consultant, 4 neonatal nurse practitioners, 4 midwives, 5 certified nursing assistants, 7 obstetricians and 2 pediatricians. About 900 babies are born at Beebe each year.
— Beebe Healthcare
Newborn Baby Delmarva

Here's the steps for becoming Baby Friendly, and it's obvious why these are great standards for the family unit! It's great to know that your birth and postpartum plans can be assisted and your wishes will be listened to while you receive care. 

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 twenty-four 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.

They also offer prenatal childbirth education and breastfeeding classes, read more here! To schedule classes and tours directly, call (302) 645-3726.

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?
— Beebe Healthcare
Taking Your Baby Home

No matter where you choose to give birth, you should receive the best care possible and all the support you desire. Feel free to contact me for more information on giving birth in Delmarva! Check out my Resources page here, and watch for upcoming articles on other local birth centers and hospitals in the area. 

*This post is informational purposes only, and is not sponsored by Beebe Healthcare in any way.

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