The Penn State Children’s Hospital Approach to the Perinatal Program

Penn State Children’s Hospital provides the most advanced and comprehensive care for mothers and babies ― all under one roof. We support you and your family as you welcome your new baby and prepare for your new life together.

Our expert team of obstetricians, family medicine providers, certified nurse midwives and maternal fetal medicine specialists cares for all mothers, high-risk and low-risk, throughout pregnancy, delivery and postpartum. As a regional perinatal program, we provide the highest level of skill and technology available in central Pennsylvania to ensure the best outcomes for obstetric and neonatal patients.

Nationally Ranked

Penn State Children’s Hospital has been recognized as one of the top hospitals for children in the nation in multiple specialties by U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Children’s Hospital”.

Women and Babies Center

When the day finally comes for your little one to join the world, count on our caring obstetricians, midwives and labor nurses to help make your delivery as smooth and joyous as possible. Our new, state-of-the-art Penn State Health Women and Babies Center provides everything new moms and babies need to thrive together: private labor and delivery, cesarean section operating rooms, pre- and post-delivery rooms and a well-baby nursery.

Caring for the Tiniest Patients

The hospital’s Level IV NICU, the highest level of critical care for newborns, is the most advanced on the East Coast. It features a hybrid-room model with a mix of private rooms and six-bedded rooms, shown to improve babies’ brain development. Board-certified and board-eligible neonatologists provide expert care 24/7.

Personalized Care

Our team creates a friendly and caring environment focused on the needs of your family. The perinatal program coordinator (PPC) personally guides families as they meet with the specialists who will care for both the mother and baby during and after pregnancy.

Consultations with specialists are arranged to meet the parents’ needs and schedules. The PPC or clinical care counselor is always available to attend appointments with the expectant mother, if she prefers.

Pediatric Specialists

We specialize in:

Perinatal Maternal Mental Health

When pregnancy and giving birth bring unexpected feelings that can overwhelm mothers, we’re here to help. Our Perinatal Program clinical counselor offers assessment and support for a variety of psychological conditions and behaviors, including:

  • Postpartum depression
  • Postpartum anxiety disorder
  • Postpartum onset obsessive compulsive disorder
  • Postpartum post-traumatic stress disorder

Because women's mental health issues may co-occur with other medical concerns, we work closely with medical specialists to develop a comprehensive treatment plan.

Our Experts in Perinatal Care

The Perinatal Program at Penn State Children’s Hospital offers support and guidance to families, while providing the best care for mothers and babies when unexpected complications arise during pregnancy and after delivery. Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center is a regional perinatal program providing the most advanced care for mothers and babies.

Conditions Treated

We provide care for:

  • Infections
  • Genetic and birth defects
  • Premature birth
  • Heart defects
  • Maternal medical conditions that affect pregnancy

Support Groups

Support groups provide children and their families an opportunity to connect with others in similar situations. Learn more about the support groups offered at Penn State Children’s Hospital.

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Our Convenient Locations

Find the care your family needs, close to home, at one of our many locations throughout central Pennsylvania.

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