When it comes to starting a family, everyone's journey is unique. Carilion provides the personal touch you want and the outstanding medical care you need so that your pregnancy is a special and celebratory occasion for you and your family. Whether you are just starting on your path to parenthood or have a growing family, you can rely on us as the smart, safe place to go. Our board-certified providers and skilled nurses provide a safe, secure, comfortable and caring environment to welcome your little ones. During your pregnancy, labor, delivery and after your baby is born, you will have access to a complete range of high-quality maternity and neonatal services.
We are up to date on the most recent quality initiatives and best practice standards that improve delivery outcomes. We emphasize the "worth the wait" message, advising women to wait until at least 39 weeks of pregnancy before requesting a scheduled induction (unless medically necessary). No matter how ready you are to meet your baby, it is critically important to stick it out for your baby’s developmental growth. Once your baby is here, we practice couplet care while in the hospital, a method in which a nurse cares for both the mom and baby in the same room, promoting a stronger family bond. Our healthcare professionals are trained to provide breastfeeding  and lactation  advice and support. We also encourage Kangaroo Care , or skin-to-skin contact, which is a special way to hold your baby, offering a number of health benefits to both you and your baby.
In order to meet the needs of new and experienced parents, we offer a wide range of childbirth and parenting classes  in Roanoke and in the New River Valley.
Carilion maternity services are available in various locations  with delivery available at our hospitals in Roanoke and New River Valley. Additional information specific to these locations include:
In Roanoke, Carilion offers the most extensive maternity and neonatal intensive care available in western Virginia. Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital  is the only hospital in our area with an anesthesiologist always in-house, so you can get an epidural when needed, no matter the day or time. Our skilled team of top medical experts is always on duty, available to step in and handle any problems that arise.
For complicated and high-risk pregnancies, we offer an exceptional maternal fetal medicine center  that is integrated with a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) . As part of this integration, our providers work as a team together to provide easy access to multiple specialists for consultations and unique health concerns.
New River Valley
In the New River Valley, The Birthplace  at Carilion New River Valley Medical Center  offers conventional birth planning and a midwifery birth option. The Birthplace is a multiple 5-Star award winner for patient satisfaction.
PREPARING FOR PREGNANCY
Prior to becoming pregnant, an appointment with an obstetrician can be very helpful. The doctor can perform a full physical, gather a personal and family medical history, and assess lifestyle issues that may impact a healthy pregnancy. Once you're pregnant, regular visits to an obstetrician are essential for good prenatal care.
Click here  to find a Carilion Clinic obstetrician near you.