Comfort and Care for Moms and Babies

The birth of your baby is an extraordinary event. The team at The George Washington University Hospital offers a warm and nurturing environment to keep you healthy and well informed every step of the way.

At GW Hospital, we practice shared decision making. This includes you as an equal and necessary part of your care team. We want you to know the benefits and risks of all decisions and ask any questions you have. Our team will provide recommendations based on evidence and expertise, and make sure you feel comfortable making decisions about your care.

Prenatal Services at GW Hospital

  • A mother holding her newborn babyPregnancy testing
  • Ultrasound
  • Chorionic Villi Sampling (CVS) (prenatal testing to determine a chromosomal or other genetic conditions)
  • Amniocentesis
  • Biochemical and DNA genetic testing
  • Midwifery Program
  • BabyScripts App (to manage health and monitor blood pressure)
  • Trauma Informed care

Birth Services at GW Hospital

Schedule an In-Person or Virtual Appointment

Please fill out our general appointment form below or call our referral service at 888-4GW-DOCS to schedule an in-person or virtual appointment. Virtual Health enables you to speak with providers using your phone, tablet or computer.

Request Appointment

What Makes Our Women's Center Different

  • We have a maternal fetal medicine team that specializes in high-risk pregnancies
  • We offer a Level III B neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) to care for critically ill or premature babies
  • We offer NicView™ in our NICU, which enables parents to view their infants in real-time
  • We have an exceptional midwifery program for women seeking natural, unmedicated childbirth
  • We have been designated a Society for Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology (SOAP) Center of Excellence (COE)

Recognized for Delivering Safe and High-Quality Maternal Care​

US News and World Report High Performing hospital for maternity care badgeGW Hospital was ranked as a High Performing Hospital for Maternity Care by U.S. News & World Report for 2024. A high performer rating indicates a hospital was significantly better than the national average in a given procedure or condition.

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Society for obstetric anesthesia and perinatology center of excellence badge, GW Hospital, Washington, DCGW Hospital is proud to have achieved the prestigious Society for Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology (SOAP) Center of Excellence (COE) designation. We are one of only 80 hospitals worldwide to hold this designation, recognizing our commitment to safe and high-quality maternal care

'I chose GW Hospital because I wanted my baby to have a chance.'

Lamika Hines had a history of miscarriage and high-risk pregnancies. Hines had been told she shouldn’t have more children and was surprised when she became pregnant. “Before I went to GW Hospital, I felt afraid,” Hines recalls. “I was terrified.”

Her obstetrician at GW Hospital, Scott M Petersen, MD, FACOG, was there to support her every step of the way to the successful, natural delivery of her youngest child, Caden. “He was more than just a doctor to me,” Hines says of Dr. Petersen. “He was like my friend, my confidant and my therapist too.”

Watch Lamika's story:


Services We Provide

High-Risk Pregnancy – Maternal Fetal Medicine

Maternal fetal medicine specialists at GW Hospital have training and expertise in screening, testing and managing complications in high-risk pregnancies.

Learn More about High-Risk Pregnancy

Midwifery Services

For women seeking natural, unmedicated childbirth, the Midwifery Services at GW Hospital offer the best of both worlds — natural childbirth with a certified nurse midwife in a hospital environment.

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Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

Our Level III B NICU provides comprehensive, high-quality and family-centered care for critically ill or premature infants. We also offer NicView™, which enables you to view your infant in real-time.

Learn More about NICU

Obstetrics and Newborn Services

Offering a comprehensive range of quality care for women of all ages.

Learn More about Obstetrics

Valuable Resources

Maternity Preregistration

Follow this two-step guide to successfully preregister for childbirth at GW Hospital and save you time on the day of your delivery.

Learn More about Maternity Preregistration

Podcast: How to Choose the Best Birth Plan for You and Your Family

Nancy D. Gaba, MD, FACOG, and Whitney Pinger, CNM, FACNM, discuss the importance of preparing for childbirth with a solid birth plan in place.

Listen to the Podcast

Childbirth and Parenting Classes

Find out what classes and community resources are available to parents.

Learn More about Childbirth Classes

Take a Free Prenatal Tour of the Women's Center


Whether you’re already expecting, or are planning an addition to your family, you can take a free tour of the Women's Center at GW Hospital.

Learn More about Prenatal Tours