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MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center
9000 Franklin Square Drive
Baltimore, MD 21237
The Women’s Pavilion is home to the Birthplace at MedStar Franklin Square, where more than 3,000 babies are born and cared for annually. Our experienced obstetrics team prides itself on providing comprehensive, family-centered care throughout a woman's pregnancy journey.. Recently, MedStar Franklin Square was re-designated as a Baby-Friendly Hospital. Five years ago, we raised the standard of care for infant and maternal health as the first hospital in Baltimore, and one of only two in the state of Maryland, to achieve the prestigious five-year Baby-Friendly designation from Baby-Friendly USA.
MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center has received the 2017 Women’s Choice Award® for Obstetrics. We earned this seal from their commitment to provide the best in obstetrics care, and meet the unique needs and preferences of their female patients. The scoring for America’s Best Hospitals for Obstetrics is unique as it is the only national list that is evidence-based supported by data reported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in Hospital Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) surveys. Learn more.
We also received the Maryland Patient Safety Center's Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) Center of Excellence Award due to our continuous commitment of improving patient and family outcomes.
Obstetrics and Pregnancy Services
- Family Health Center
- Maternal-Fetal Medicine Center
- Obstetrics (OB) Evaluation Center
- Women's Health Center
- Labor and Delivery Suite
- Mother/Baby Unit
- Lactation Services
Our physicians and nurses have the experience and skill necessary to care for uncomplicated as well as high-risk deliveries. Obstetricians, pediatricians, and anesthesiologists are available around the clock and specialists in newborns and high-risk pregnancies are on site as well. We offer compassionate obstetrics care throughout your pregnancy; from before you go into labor to the day you take your newborn home.
Nurses at MedStar Franklin Square have achieved national Magnet status, meaning they are recognized for providing high-quality patient care. Our physicians and staff members have a commitment to providing a supportive environment with family-centered care and are continuously recognized for exemplary patient experience.
As reported by the Maryland Hospital Performance Evaluation Guide, obstetrics patients gave MedStar Franklin Square Medical Square exemplary scores for communication with doctors, responsiveness of hospital staff, pain management, communication about medicines, and for the cleanliness and quietness of the hospital environment.
Maternal-Fetal Medicine Center
The Maternal-Fetal Medicine Center works closely with referring obstetrical care providers in a multidisciplinary approach to provide personalized care.
The Center provides:
- Genetic testing
- Pre-conceptual counseling
- Fetal assessment and diagnosis
- Ultrasound services
- Consultation to manage high-risk, complicated pregnancies
Obstetrics (OB) Evaluation Center
The Women's Obstetrics (OB) Evaluation Center provides 24-hour quality care for obstetrical patients. In the observation room, your condition will be assessed and the necessary medical treatments will be provided with the most personal and professional medical care.
Women’s Health Center
The Women’s Health Center at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center offers a full range of obstetric and gynecologic care to women of all ages. Our patients come from Eastern Baltimore County, East Baltimore City, Harford County, and the surrounding areas. We are staffed with attending and resident obstetrician/gynecologists, sub-specialists in Maternal Fetal Medicine, certified nurse midwives, certified women's health nurse practitioners, registered ultrasound technologists, genetic counselors, social workers, and registered nurses specializing in women's health in order to provide high-quality, skilled, and compassionate care to our patients.
Through our practice, we deliver over 700 babies a year, which comprise about 25% of all the babies born at Franklin Square. We specialize in high-risk pregnancy care for mothers and babies with increased risk, medical problems, and other complications. We offer our patients the latest technology and treatment options in women's health. We encourage our patients to see us for their regularly scheduled well women appointments as well as acute care, contraception, management of Pap smear abnormalities, screening for sexually transmitted disease, medical and surgical management of abnormal bleeding including minimally invasive options, and mid-life and menopausal symptom management. In addition, we offer referral to nearby specialists for mammographic and osteoporosis screening, infertility evaluation and treatment, care of patients with gynecologic cancers, and pelvic organ prolapse and urinary difficulties.
Labor and Delivery Suites
You can take comfort in knowing that the doctors, nurses, and staff who will care for you and your family are an expert team of professionals with advanced training and numerous years of experience.
We offer 14 private labor and delivery suites where mother and baby receive personal and professional care during labor and delivery. All rooms have state-of-the-art health monitoring equipment and special amenities.
A labor and delivery suite at the Birthplace at MedStar Franklin Square.
New mothers can enjoy skin-to-skin contact immediately after delivery, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to connect with your newborn, unless there are medical complications. Skin-to-skin contact has many benefits for the baby including regulating temperature, heart rate, respiratory rate, and sleep pattern, and reducing crying. It also benefits mother by increasing her breast milk production and is an opportunity for both parents to bond with their new baby. Learn more about the benefits of skin-to-skin contact.
Our state-of-the-art labor and delivery suites are spacious and private and include amenities such as:
- Entertainment center with TV and DVD player
- Free WI-FI access
- Natural lighting and sound-resistant walls
- Sibling visitation
- Home comforts such as a refrigerator and private bathroom with shower
- Sleeping accommodations for one support person
Also, for your peace of mind, we have a variety of measures in place to provide a secure environment.
The time following your baby’s birth is a special experience and one you will always cherish. So that you and your baby receive the level of care you need, you and your newborn will transition to a private postpartum room in our Mother and Baby Unit.
A Mother/Baby Unit at the Birthplace at MedStar Franklin Square
Let our specially-trained staff take care of you to give you and your new family plenty of time to bond. Patients can enjoy quiet time from 1-3 a.m. and p.m. where nurses and staff will not enter the Mother and Baby Unit unless specifically asked to do so, or unless it is medically necessary. During these hours, mother can relax, sleep, become more comfortable breastfeeding, or simply spend time with their newborn.
Mothers and newborns can also enjoy rooming-in, allowing them to be together in a private room 24 hours a day, which provides a safe sleep environment for your infant, helps facilitate mother-baby bonding, creates a calm environment, allows mother to rest, increases mother’s response to breastfeeding cues, and encourages milk production. Our attentive staff delivers personalized, couplet care so the same nurse cares for both mother and baby. Learn more about the benefits of rooming-in.
Lactation Resource Center
A new mom consults with a lactation specialist in a Mother/Baby Unit
Breastfeeding is natural and normal, but sometimes there may be challenges for new mothers and babies as they learn this skill. Our lactation consultants have years of advanced training and experience and are dedicated to making breastfeeding a positive experience for mom and baby. In addition to our library of literature and audio-visual programs, our lactation consultants are available to answer your questions seven days a week and offer personal support and guidance.
Our goal as a Baby-Friendly Hospital is to give mothers the knowledge, skills, and confidence to successfully breastfeed their baby. We offer ongoing consult services for new mothers who delivered at MedStar Franklin Square.
For additional support:
- Contact the Lactation Resource Center at 443-777-7427
- Attend a weekly Breastfeeding and New Mothers Support Group
- Register to attend a Essex Breastfeeding Luncheon
- Learn more about the Pasteurized Donor Human Milk Program
Family Health Center
The Family Health Center is a primary care center of MedStar Health, a nonprofit community-based health system serving the Baltimore/Washington region. Our family physicians are trained in a broad range of areas, including adult medicine, pediatrics, geriatrics, orthopedics, gynecology, obstetrics, office surgery, behavioral health, and sex and family counseling.
Whether you are pregnant and need care through delivery and care for your child, an older adult needing specific treatment for your advanced years, or a child or adult with intellectual and developmental disabilities, our specialists can help.
- Acute Care
- Preventive Health
- Women's Health Care
- Chronic Disease Management
Birth and Family Education Classes
- Baby-Friendly Hospital
- Safe Sleep for Baby
- 39 Weeks Recognition from March of Dimes
- Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
- Breastfeeding and New Mothers Support Group