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How COVID-19 Affects Your Care at The Johns Hopkins Hospital

To ensure the safety of our patients, visitors and greater community, we have made some updates to our labor and delivery protocols.

  • Laboring mothers will receive a rapid COVID-19 test upon arrival to the hospital. If you are COVID-19 positive, your labor will take place in a protected area for COVID-19 patients to ensure the safest delivery.
  • We are limiting the number of visitors allowed in our labor & delivery and postpartum units.
  • All in-person birthing classes and tours have been suspended, but we are still offering virtual classes and tours.

    Maternity Services at The Johns Hopkins Hospital

    The Johns Hopkins Birthing Center in Baltimore, Maryland, a Baby-Friendly designated facility, offers true mother/baby couplet care with no separation, provided both mother and baby are healthy.

    Our staff delivers over 2,400 babies each year and we love sharing in this special time in your life as you welcome the newest member of your family. Learn more about the Johns Hopkins Birthing Center experience.


    Birthing Center At A Glance

    Mom holding newborn baby in postpartum room at Johns Hopkins Hospital

    True Mother/Baby Couplet Care

    True mother/baby couplet care means an infant is never separated from the mother from the time of delivery until discharge provided both are healthy. All newborn exams are done at the mother’s bedside, as is newborn care like bathing, shots, eye drops and hearing tests. This allows for mother and baby to bond.

    Newborn Care

    After delivery, all babies are seen by a pediatric nurse practitioner. Your newborn will continue to be evaluated by our pediatric nurse practitioner throughout your hospital stay. Our nurse practitioners have excellent relationships with private pediatricians and communicate with them daily about their patients.

    Exceptional Nursing Staff

    Nursing at the Johns Hopkins Hospital has achieved national Magnet status. This means that nurses are cited for providing the best in clinical care.

    Specialized Services

    If a mother or baby should require special care during pregnancy, birth or after delivery, the Johns Hopkins Hospital is staffed with specialty-certified physicians, genetic counselors and advanced practice or certified nurses who are available to not only explain care options to parents, but to also respond immediately to clinical needs.

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