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
- Pregnancy testing
- Chorionic Villi Sampling (CVS) (prenatal testing to determine a chromosomal or other genetic conditions)
- Biochemical and DNA genetic testing
- Midwifery Program
- BabyScripts App (to manage health and monitor blood pressure)
- Trauma Informed care
Birth Services at GW Hospital
- Labor and delivery
- Natural and Cesarean childbirths
- High-risk births
- Level III B Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
- Hydrotherapy tubs (to provide comfort and pain relief at different stages of labor)
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.
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
GW 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, I felt afraid,” Hines recalls. “I was terrified.”
Her obstetrician at GW, 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.
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.
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.
Obstetrics and Newborn Services
Offering a comprehensive range of quality care for women of all ages.
Follow this two-step guide to successfully preregister for childbirth at GW Hospital and save you time on the day of your delivery.
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.
Childbirth and Parenting Classes
Find out what classes and community resources are available to parents.
Take a Free Prenatal Tour of the Women's Center
IMPORTANT: WE ARE SUSPENDING ALL TOURS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF OUR PATIENTS AND STAFF.
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.