If you’re having a baby, we want to make every aspect of your experience is a miraculous one. Our philosophy of care goes beyond providing the best state of the art medical facilities; the doctors, nurses, and staff at Sentara Albemarle Medical Center care about you, as well as for your family. When you’re here, we want you to be excited, not nervous, so we’ll provide you and your family with the comfort and care you need.

Home Sweet Home
In our Women’s Center, we’ve created a warm, home-like atmosphere to welcome you and your family. Each room is furnished and decorated much like a bedroom, complete with comfortable accommodations for visitors. This room will be yours throughout the birthing process – our rooms are fully equipped for labor, delivery, and recovery. For a list of items you may want to pack for your stay with us, click here.

All in the Family
Families hold a special place at Albemarle Hospital and our Women’s Center. Dad is welcome in the birthing room during the entire process, and visiting family members are encouraged to lend support to the mommy-to-be. There’s also a friendly, relaxed waiting area in our Women’s Center so other family members can await the arrival of your baby in comfort. After your baby’s delivery, our family-centered care includes open visitation for immediate family - especially children! Friends and extended family are also welcome to visit with you and your new bundle of joy between 1 p.m. and 8 p.m., our normal maternity visiting hours.

Sneak a Peak
We invite you to tour our birthing facilities at Sentara Albemarle Medical Center. Our experienced and caring staff will answer any questions you and your family may have about our facility and the care we offer. To arrange a guided tour, or receive more information, please call Jacinta Taylor at (252) 384-2513 or click here for a virtual tour.

Breastfeeding – Best for Baby

If you’re expecting a baby, you should know the benefits of breastfeeding. The Department of Health and Human Services says a mother’s breast milk is the most complete form of nutrition for infants. Breastfed babies score slightly higher on IQ tests, especially babies who were born pre-maturely, and breastfed infants tend to gain less unnecessary weight and to be leaner. Breastfeeding provides baby with the right amount of nutrients necessary for growth and development. Breast milk is also easier to digest for baby; it helps him or her fight off viruses, infection, and disease; and breast milk is always sterile and always the right temperature for baby.

Moms also benefit from breastfeeding – it lowers the risk of breast and ovarian cancers, and possibly the risk of hip fractures and osteoporosis after menopause; saves time and money; and perhaps most importantly, helps create a bond between mom and baby.

Although most new moms know breastfeeding is the best way to provide their baby with all the nutrients he or she needs to grow healthy and strong, not all new moms try breastfeeding. Whatever the reason for new mother’s reluctance, ALL staff at the Sentara Albemarle Medical Center Women’s Center are available to help moms overcome the fear, pain, or lack of knowledge that may keep them from breastfeeding their baby. Every nurse, nursing assistant, and tech has taken classes on breastfeeding fundamentals and techniques.

We know it’s not always easy for mom or baby to get the hang of breastfeeding. Sentara Albemarle Medical Center now has a certified lactation consultant whose focus is on educating parents about the benefits of and best ways to ensure successful breastfeeding. This free service is available to all new moms who give birth at Sentara Albemarle Medical Center. Breastfeeding education sessions are also held twice a month for any mother wishing to learn more about breastfeeding their newborn. And, Lactation Links of Sentara Albemarle Medical Center offers Baby Café, a monthly informal support group for nursing mothers. 

For more information about our lactation services, please feel free to call the Lactation Links office at (252) 384-4745.

Educational Programs

Baby Café
Questions? Concerns? Looking for some friendly reassurance? Then join us for a casual group session for breastfeeding mothers. Get the support you need from other mothers, along with a board-certified lactation consultant. Hosted by Lactation Links of Sentara Albemarle Medical Center
When: First Wednesday of the month, from 10:30 a.m. to noon
Where: Sentara Albemarle Medical Center Education Center
Cost: Free
No registration needed.

Baby Care Basics: The ABCs of Having a Baby
Baby Care Basics offers parents insight into preparing for those precious first few months of a baby’s life. This program provides a “hands on” overview of a baby’s essential needs and the things parents need to know. Hosted by Lactation Links of Sentara Albemarle Medical Center.
When: Wednesdays, June 19, August 21 and October 16, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Where: Sentara Albemarle Medical Center Education Center
Cost: Free
Registration required. Call 1-800-736-8272 (1-800-SENTARA)

Breastfeeding Education
You and your partner are invited to learn the basics and benefits of breastfeeding your baby. Attendees only need to come to one session but are invited to join other sessions for review. Hosted by Lactation Links of Sentara Albemarle Medical Center.
When: First Wednesday of every month, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
and/or third Wednesday of every month, from 10:00 a.m. to noon
Where: Sentara Albemarle Medical Center Education Center
Cost: Free
Registration required. Call 1-800-736-8272 (1-800-SENTARA)

Childbirth Preparation
This three-course education series provides information on pre-term labor, childbirth options, labor, delivery and baby care. A new series begins on the first Tuesday of the sonth.
When: July, September and November at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Sentara Albemarle Medical Center Education Center
Cost: Free
Registration required. Call 1-800-736-8272 (1-800-SENTARA)

Heartsaver Infant/Child CPR
Taught by a certified Neonatal Resuscitation Nurse, participants learn to recognize and infant or child in distress, what to do in case of choking and how to perform CPR on an infant or child who is not breathing or has no heartbeat.
When: Tuesdays, May 28 and September 24
Where: Sentara Albemarle Medical Center Education Center
Cost: $25
Registration required. Call 1-800-736-8272 (1-800-SENTARA)

Staying Healthy for You and Your Baby

Preparing for pregnancy in advance of conception can have a profound effect on the health of your baby. It also improves your well-being before, during, and after your baby is born. So now is the time to be making the right physical fitness and nutrition choices for you and your baby, even if you aren’t pregnant. Stop any consumption of alcohol, tobacco, and non-prescription drugs, and refrain from caffeine such as coffee, tea, sodas, and chocolate.

Some Habits You Need to Start
Plan a healthy, well-balanced diet that includes foods from the four basic food groups. Remember to get enough fruits and vegetables along with lean meats and cheeses. If you didn’t exercise before you became pregnant, start now with a moderate regimen like walking, swimming, or low-impact aerobics (remember to check with your physician before beginning any exercise program). You should also include sufficient quantities of folic acid, iron, and vitamin D in your diet.

Try and eat as many foods that are rich in folic acid as you can. These include citrus fruits and juices, dark green leafy vegetables, nuts, legumes, whole grains, fortified breads, and cereals. Iron-rich foods are also important to for mom and baby, and include meats, liver, dark green leafy vegetables, legumes, and dried fruit. And some good sources of vitamin D, which is necessary for healthy bones and adequate calcium levels, include fortified milk, butter, margarine, eggs, liver, and seafood.