The O’Shaughnessy Family Birthing Center at Fauquier Health offers the very best in maternity and delivery care. Our state-of-the-art birthing center serves much of Northern Virginia – including Warrenton, Bull Run Haymarket, Front Royal and Warren County. We look at each birth as a natural, normal and uniquely personal event, and our expert caring staff treats each family with the dignity and respect they deserve.
The Family Birthing Center
Once a new mom checks in, she remains in the same room to labor, deliver, recover and relax in after her baby is born. There is no shuffling from place to place, and our moms never have to compromise comfort for the highest quality of medical care. Our center features the latest medical equipment in a comfortable, homelike setting, and there is also a dedicated surgical suite just steps from the private birthing rooms, just in case there is a need for a different level of care.
Our family birthing center also supports families during this very special time. We understand the importance of bonding right from the start, and our new mothers and fathers are encouraged to spend as much time as possible with their babies. Each spacious suite is designed for the newborn to remain in the room with mom, and there is an additional bed in the room for dad, or other care partner. Several local OB/GYNs serve our community. See the Find a Docotr page.
Intermediate Care Nursery
Recent renovations at Fauquier Hospital's Intermediate Care Nursery have doubled its size and added four beds, for a total of seven. The neonatal ICN -- designed to provide care for babies who are born at Fauquier Hospital but are born prematurely or are too sick to go home right away -- means that parents of these babies can be with their newborns every day without having to travel to Northern Virginia or Charlottesville. Some infants will still need the care that can only be provided in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit – a higher level of care -- but many babies will be able to remain in Fauquier, near their loved ones.
Neonatal nurse practitioners provide ongoing bedside care for babies who need extra attention until they are strong enough to reunite with their families.
OB/GYNs Several local obstatricians/gynocologists serve women in the area. See Find a Doctor to find a physician near you.
Breastfeeding is a skill learned by both mother and baby and it does not always come easily. The prenatal breastfeeding class builds confidence in mothers to prepare for the
breastfeeding experience. In addition, Fauquier Health offers an ongoing breastfeeding support group that offers guidance to ensure that mother and baby are getting the most out of breastfeeding.
- Lactation professionals: Several experts are available to help new mothers while they are in the hospital. All are International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC) and registered nurses. These specialists are on hand almost any time; they can also visit new moms anywhere in the hospital, whether on a med-surge floor or in the Emergency Department. Lactation specialists educate, assist, troubleshoot problems, help moms encourage full milk supply and help prepare moms for going home. They can help nursing mothers learn how to pump their breast milk. The Home Care Shop, on the first floor of the hospital, offers breast pumps; lactation specialists can help facilitate that process.
- Breastfeeding Support Group: All moms and babies are welcome to attend Fauquier Hospital's Breastfeeding Support Group, every Monday, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Mothers need not deliver at Fauquier Hospital to participate.
- The Warmline: Available 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, the Warmline (540-316-4011) is a free breastfeeling service by phone. New mothers can call to speak to a lactation specialist to ask questions or make an appointment for the Outpatient Breastfeeding Clinic.
- Outpatient Breastfeeding Clinic: A 1 1/2-hour, one-on-one session with a lactation specialist. The IBCLC-certified lactation specialist will assess the mom and baby, observe a nursing session, and offer advice to address any problems. A doctor's referral is necessary for this service. Call 540-316-4011 to make an appointment.
- Monthly breastfeeding Class: A 2 1/2 hour class on breastfeeding for those who may not ahve breastfed before. This class covers the basics. It is free. Sign up under the Events and Education tab on this website.
Birthing and Parenting Classes
See our events for information on classes for new parents.
Questions? Contact the Family Birthing Center by calling 540-316-4000.