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Labor and Delivery Services at UPMC in Central Pa.

At UPMC in Central Pa., you and your family are our top priorities. From the moment you arrive to give birth, you can count on our physicians, nurses, specialists and educators to provide the region's best family-centered care.

Labor and delivery services are provided by our caring staff in our comfortable, state-of-the-art birthing suites at UPMC Harrisburg. Our staff will work with you to create a customized birthing experience that meets your wants and needs. From developing a birth plan to involving you in the care of your newborn, we will support your growing family every step of the way.

In the Delivery Room

The staff at UPMC in Central Pa. understand that the first few hours after birth are an important time for you and your partner to begin bonding with your baby. That's why our physicians and nurses do everything possible to make sure that your baby's adjustment to life after birth is smooth and healthy.

After your baby's umbilical cord is cut and clamped, you will have an immediate opportunity to hold your baby skin-to-skin. Skin-to-skin contact has been scientifically proven to help your baby adjust to the transition from your womb to the outside world. As your baby's breathing, heartbeat, blood sugar and body temperature adjust, you will have the opportunity to provide lots of snuggles and initiate breastfeeding for the first time.

During this time, your nurse will administer tests and take measurements to provide the most comprehensive care to your newborn baby.

Some of your nurse's activities may include:

  • Assessing your baby’s transition to life after delivery
  • Assigning an Apgar score, which is an assessment of your baby’s physical condition
  • Weighing and measuring your baby
  • Helping you initiate breastfeeding
  • Testing your baby’s blood sugar, if needed

In the Postpartum Unit

We believe that your participation in your baby's care in the hospital is the best way to encourage bonding, build parenting confidence and learn proper infant care techniques. We recommend as much skin-to-skin contact with your baby as possible during rest, feeding and assessments.

To achieve our goal of providing baby-friendly, family-centered care, UPMC in Central Pa. encourages the practice of "rooming-in," meaning that your baby will be with you in your hospital room during most of your hospital stay. Whenever possible, newborn care services will be provided in your hospital room, including:

  • Newborn assessment
  • Monitoring of vital signs and adaptation to life after delivery
  • Promotion and support of breastfeeding
  • Baths, after your baby’s temperature is stable and you’ve had at least one successful breastfeeding session
  • Continued skin-to-skin contact with your baby after bathing to help keep him or her warm
  • Blood sugar monitoring, if necessary
  • Newborn blood tests and other specimen collection

Rooming In

To make rooming-in (PDF) a wonderful experience for your entire family and to allow you to get the rest you need, you may want to consider the following suggestions:

  • Limit visitors or set your own visiting hours. We understand that having a baby is a special experience that you want to share with your extended family. Although we offer generous visiting hours, consider telling your family and friends that you have limited visiting hours and pick the times that work best for you.
  • Take advantage of quiet time. UPMC in Central Pa. offers quiet time in the postpartum unit from 1 to 3 p.m. We encourage you to use this time to nap or snuggle with your newborn without any unnecessary interruptions.
  • Get the support you need. Having a friend or family member help you with your baby is essential to getting the rest you need as a new parent. It may be helpful for you to have two support people one person during the day and another at night.

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Camp Hill

UPMC Divine Mercy Womens Health
225 Grandview Avenue
Suite 302
Camp Hill, PA 17011

Phone: 717-988-9015
Fax: 717-221-5410

Carlisle

UPMC Divine Mercy Womens Health
1 Dunwoody Drive
Carlisle, PA 17013

Phone: 717-218-1820
Fax: 717-221-5410

UPMC Magee-Womens
Located at UPMC Carlisle
361 Alexander Spring Road
Carlisle, PA 17015

Maternity Pre-registration: 717-960-3414
Labor and Delivery: 717-960-1686

UPMC Pinnacle Obstetrics and Gynecology Specialists
2 Jennifer Court
Suite B
Carlisle, PA 17015

Phone: 717-218-9830
Fax: 717-218-9833

Dillsburg

UPMC Obstetrics and Gynecology Specialists
1 Trinity Drive East
Suite 110
Dillsburg, PA 17019

Phone: 717-432-3245
Fax: 717-703-5748

Elizabethtown

UPMC Obstetrics & Gynecology Specialists-Lititz
300 Continental Drive
Elizabethtown, PA 17022

Phone: 717-393-1338
Fax: 717-627-1817

Gettysburg

UPMC Pinnacle Obstetrics and Gynecology Specialists
Located at Commerce Park Professional Center
20 Expedition Trail
Suite 203
Gettysburg, PA 17325

Phone: 717-637-7755
Fax: 717-646-1991

Hanover

UPMC Magee-Womens
Located at UPMC Hanover
300 Highland Avenue
Third Floor
Hanover, PA 17331
Maternity Pre-registration: 717-316-2202
Labor and Delivery: 717-316-2198

UPMC Pinnacle Obstetrics and Gynecology Specialists
20 North Street
Hanover, PA 17331

Phone: 717-637-7755

Harrisburg

Maternal Fetal Medicine
Located at Alex Grass Medical Sciences Building
100 South 2nd Street
Suite 4B
Harrisburg, PA 17101

Phone: 717-231-8472
Fax: 717-231-8490

PinnacleHealth Obstetrics and Gynecology Specialists
Located at Alex Grass Medical Sciences Building
100 South 2nd Street
Suite 4A
Harrisburg, PA 17101

Phone: 717-231-8341
Fax: 717-231-8705

PinnacleHealth Women's Outpatient Center
Located at Community Care
2645 North 3rd Street
4th floor
Harrisburg, PA 17110

Phone: 717-782-4700
Fax: 717-782-4710

Women First Obstetrics & Gynecology Specialists - UPMC
4700 Union Deposit Road
Suite 140
Harrisburg, PA 17111

Phone: 717-652-6605
Fax: 717-652-6431 

UPMC Magee-Womens Center at Hollinger Tower
Located at UPMC Harrisburg
111 South Front Street
Harrisburg, PA 17101

Maternity Pre-registration: 717-782-5213
Labor and Delivery: 717-782-5539

Hummelstown

UPMC Woodward & Associates Obstetrics and Gynecology Specialists
8105 Adams Drive
Suite B 
Hummelstown, PA 17036 

Phone: 717-482-8115 
Fax: 717-482-8364 

Lititz

UPMC Magee-Womens
Located at UPMC Lititz
1500 Highlands Drive
Lititz, PA 17543

Maternity Pre-Registration: 717-625-5420
Labor and Delivery: 717-625-5428

UPMC Obstetrics & Gynecology Specialists-Lititz
1575 Highlands Drive
Suite 101
Lititz, PA 17543
Phone: 717-393-1338
Fax: 717-627-1817

Lancaster

UPMC Obstetrics & Gynecology Specialists-Lititz
2125 Noll Drive
Lancaster, PA 17603

Phone: 717-393-1338
Fax: 717-627-1817

Mechanicsburg

UPMC Cumberland Valley Obstetrics and Gynecology Specialists
9 Flowers Drive 
Mechanicsburg, PA 17050

Phone: 717-691-8750
Fax: 717-691-8755

Women First Obstetrics & Gynecology Specialists - UPMC
Located at Medical Office Building 1
2025 Technology Parkway
Suite 309
Mechanicsburg, PA 17050

Phone: 717-652-6605
Fax: 717-652-6431

Millersburg

Women First Obstetrics & Gynecology Specialists - UPMC
1000 Evelyn Drive
South Wing
Millersburg, PA 17061

Phone: 717-652-6605
Fax: 717-652-6431

Newport

Women First Obstetrics & Gynecology Specialists - UPMC
300 Bretz Court
Newport, PA 17074

Phone: 717-652-6605
Fax: 717-652-6431

Shippensburg

UPMC Divine Mercy Womens Health
127 Walnut Bottom Road
Shippensburg, PA 17257

Phone: 717-988-9015
Fax: 717-221-5410

Spring Grove

UPMC Pinnacle Obstetrics and Gynecology Specialists
Located at Thistle Hill Professional Center
2030 Thistle Hill Drive
Suite 100
Spring Grove, PA 17362

Phone: 717-225-6170
Fax: 717-646-7438

York

UPMC Magee-Womens
Located at UPMC Memorial
1701 Innovation Drive
York, PA 17408

Maternity Pre-registration: 717-815-2351
Labor and Delivery: 717-849-5650

UPMC Pinnacle Obstetrics and Gynecology Specialists
Sixth Avenue Professional Center
1600 6th Ave

York, PA 17403
Phone: 717-845-9639
Fax: 717-699-1300

UPMC Pinnacle Obstetrics and Gynecology Specialists
1880 Kenneth Road
Suite 3
York, PA 17408

Phone: 717-779-2612
Fax: 717-779-0019

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