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Column: Calling all Alex Babies

Are you an Alex baby? Were you, your children, or grandchildren born at Inova Alexandria Hospital? If so, we want you to celebrate with us at our first-ever Alex Baby Reunion/Mother’s Day Celebration at Inova Alexandria Hospital on Saturday, May 4 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will be held on the grounds just outside the hospital, rain or shine.

We have planned a fun, free, day for the whole family, including a light lunch, a free family photo session, and kid-friendly activities like face painting, a magician, and other entertainment. It’s our way of saying “Thank You” to the many moms who chose Inova Alexandria Hospital to share in one of the most important events in their lives — the birth of their child.

For over 140 years, Inova Alexandria Hospital has been helping families welcome their babies to the world. In that time, our maternity services have grown and adapted to meet the needs of the community we serve. Along the way, we made important contributions to the field of obstetrics that hospitals and healthcare providers still widely use today. For example, in 1953 Inova Alexandria was the first hospital on the East Coast to institute the use of epidural anesthesia in child birth. And, in 1978, we opened the first “birthing room” where labor, delivery, and recovery could occur in the same room, which improved comfort and continuity of care for laboring women and promoted immediate mother/baby bonding after delivery.

Today, Inova Alexandria Hospital Birthing Center remains one of the area’s most sought-after maternity services with nearly 4,000 deliveries each year. That is testimony to our highly skilled team of board-certified private practice obstetricians, nurse-midwives, perinatologists, neonatologists, anesthesiologists, and nurses who provide the high-tech care our patients expect with the personalized touch that sets us above the rest. It’s also thanks to the services we offer to ensure the best possible outcome for expectant moms and their babies, including:

  • Specialized care — for mothers whose pregnancies are considered high-risk — by perinatologists at our Inova Brock Family Antenatal Testing Center, which also offers pre-pregnancy genetic counseling and testing.

  • Round-the-clock care for premature or special needs newborns in our Level III Charlotte and Walter Jones Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

  • A Lactation Center, women’s store, and board-certified lactation consultants who offer private, inpatient consultations on breastfeeding and continued support once mom and baby have returned home.

  • Personal birthing plans.

Not only that, our birthing rooms have come a long way since 1978. Our recently renovated birthing suites offer home-like amenities, including comfortable furnishings, subdued lighting, and decorator drapes that cleverly disguise the state-of-the art equipment we use to ensure the best outcomes for laboring moms and their newborns.

I hope you will join us May 4 as we honor our “Alex Babies” and thank the many moms who launched their Mother’s Day legacy at Inova Alexandria Hospital. Learn more, register, and send us your baby photos at www.inova.org/alexbaby.