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Obstetrics / Maternity Care

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Each year, Temple’s doctors and nurses help thousands of families welcome new babies into the world. It's one of life’s most exciting events, but one that comes with many questions. Our entire medical team is here to help you through every step of your pregnancy journey — from prenatal care to your nine months of pregnancy to the birth of your child and beyond.

Obstetric Services and Education

Our obstetrics/maternity care includes a number of programs and services to help you have a healthy pregnancy:

Prenatal Education

All our expectant mothers receive counseling on prenatal nutrition and other topics to promote a healthy pregnancy. We also provide free childbirth classes covering:

  • Labor and delivery techniques
  • Breastfeeding basics
  • Postpartum (after childbirth) recovery
  • Newborn needs

Our free yoga classes help expectant mothers with stress reduction, stretching, breathing and overall wellness.

Breastfeeding Education

Temple is a designated Baby-Friendly birth facility by Baby-Friendly USA, Inc., the US authority for the implementation of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative, a global program sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Fund (UNICEF).

Our obstetrical team members are trained to provide evidence-based lactation education proven to increase breastfeeding and improve infant health. We encourage new mothers to initiate breastfeeding within 1 hour of giving birth and educate on breastfeeding benefits, management, lactation maintenance and the importance of breastfeeding on-demand.

Sleep Awareness Family Education at Temple (SAFE-T)

Our nurses educate new moms and families about safe infant sleep through one-on-one education.

All families who deliver their babies at Temple also receive a “Baby Box” – functioning bassinets that come complete with a sheet, mattress and essential baby supplies. These provide babies with a safe place to sleep and reduced rates of “co-sleeping,” a dangerous practice in which parents sleep in the same bed with their babies.

High-Risk Services

We offer high-risk obstetric services for women who have complications identified prior to or during pregnancy. These women are seen by one of our perinatologists — doctors who specialize in high-risk pregnancies.

Infant Intensive Care Nursery

Babies are admitted to our Infant Intensive Care Nursery if they had problems during delivery or developed a problem soon after birth. This Level III nursery — the highest level possible — is staffed 24/7 with board-certified neonatologists (doctors specially trained in newborn intensive care), nurses, physician's assistants and respiratory therapists.

Learn more about our Infant Intensive Care Nursery >

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Temple is a Baby-Friendly Hospital

Temple University Hospital has been designated as a Baby-Friendly hospital, which means we are prepared to help you and your baby get off to the best start. Staff are trained to care for breastfeeding moms and babies. And babies stay close to their mothers right after birth so that they can start breastfeeding as soon as they are ready. Moms and babies also get to "room in" so they have the best chance at getting to know each other.