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Welcoming your baby into the world is one of life’s most amazing experiences. The Birth Center of Anna Jaques Hospital is proud to offer parents of northern Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire a place of exceptional care.

Our 12-bed unit is just the right size for women seeking a combination of experience you can trust and personalized attention you can't get at larger facilities – all while staying close to home.

  • All private rooms (guaranteed!) from delivery through recovery
  • Widest range of providers and personal birth choices to meet your needs and preferences
  • Measurably high quality care for you and your baby
  • Anesthesiologist physically on site 24/7 to control pain and for emergency C-section deliveries
  • Neonatal Care Center with a neonatologist available 24/7
  • Overnight accommodations for your partner or support person*
  • A variety of classes and support groups, including childbirth preparation, parenting, sibling preparation, breastfeeding and much more.

*Your partner/support person is encouraged to stay with you overnight; however, we are unable to accommodate other visitors, including siblings or other children. 

Birth Center Room Renovation Project Continues!

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An exciting new chapter for the Birth Center began on April 13, 2015 with the start of the Birth Center Patient Room Renovation project. To date, four of the 12 patient rooms on the unit have been upgraded with four more rooms to be renovated from April-August 2016. The updated rooms feature new technology, modern décor and furniture. This $1.1 million investment will bring our unit to the highest standards to match our outstanding quality of care.

While construction is underway, every effort is being made to keep the Birth Center as comfortable and quiet as possible for parents and newborns. Construction only takes place Monday through Friday from 7:00am to 3:00pm, and each room has been completely closed off to reduce noise and disruption. Quiet time hours will be held from 3:00pm-5:00pm during construction.  

Email birthcenter@ajh.org with any questions or concerns.


 

Why Choose Anna Jaques?

  • Anna Jaques consistently scores above the 90th percentile for patient satisfaction in Press-Ganey surveys.
  • Our patients can’t say enough about our competent, compassionate nursing staff in patient satisfaction surveys.
  • Anna Jaques has a low C-section rate below the state average.
  • Our C-section infection rate is Zero.
  • Our percentage of elective deliveries before 39 weeks is Zero.

Learn more about the quality of our maternity and newborn care here.


“I’ve given birth to both of my daughters here; they have both had surgeries here, as have I....I love Anna Jaques and wouldn't go anywhere else for care!”

“Anna Jaques is such a great place to give birth!”

For more info, call 978-463-1060
Register for a tour at birthcenter@ajh.org.

Family

Giving you the best of everything for this special time.

For families like the Spero Family (pictured right), who delivered their six children at Anna Jaques, the Birth Center provides trusted experience and personalized care, all close to home.

From labor to delivery to your postpartum stay, you’ll be in a private room. Our physicians and nurses will assist you throughout labor and delivery, and we have an anesthesiologist in the hospital around-the-clock to provide pain relief. Our exceptional team will make sure your delivery and postpartum stay is as smooth as possible.

Compassionate, Comprehensive Care

Women’s Health Care, affiliated with Anna Jaques Hospital, provides comprehensive, quality obstetrical and gynecological care with the warmth, responsiveness and accessibility of a community-based practice. Since opening its doors 30 years ago, it has become one of the largest OB/GYN practices in the area. Its team of board-certified physicians, certified nurse midwives and certified nurse practitioners brings decades of experience in a wide range of clinical backgrounds and specialties, ensuring care is customized to a woman’s individual needs. Women’s Health Care has offices in Newburyport, Haverhill and Georgetown. Visit www.whcobgyn.org for more information or call 978-556-0100.

High-Risk Obstetrical Care

Pregnancies may be high-risk for various factors, including mother’s age, hypertension, diabetes, multiples and history fertility assistance. Women who need advanced care for high-risk pregnancies no longer need to travel to Boston. Through Anna Jaques Hospital's clinical affiliation with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), a Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialist from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center comes to Anna Jaques three times each month to provide high risk ultrasound to the patients at Women’s Health Care and work side by side with our own obstetricians to provide the highest level of care for patients who need it. Access to this advanced, specialized medicine reduces stress on parents because they no longer need to travel out of the area for specialty care.

More Choices for Your Once-in-a-Lifetime Birth Experience

Anna Jaques offers more choices and options for your special delivery. With a variety of providers (physicians and midwives) and supports, our family-centered focus ensures that you can give birth in a warm, nurturing environment surrounded by your family. Some options include:

Water Therapy

Jacuzzi tub exclusively for water birthsJacuzzi tub for water therapy during labor.

The Birth Center also has a special room dedicated to water therapy. With a Jacuzzi tub, soothing lighting and calming environment, it allows the mother to become immersed in a tub of warm water during labor. (Note: the baby is not born in the tub.) Research shows that this birthing method can decrease labor pain, encourage dilation and reduce tearing of the perineum during birth. A registered nurse attends to the mother and monitors the baby’s wellbeing by listening to the heartbeat at regular intervals. The mother can get in and out of the tub throughout labor, so that she is able to use other pain relief modalities.

  

"Family Friendly" or "Natural" Cesarean (C-Section)

Our Birth Center has a dedicated operating room on the same floor, with expert staff on duty should a c-section be needed. We also have an anesthesiologist in-house and on duty 24 hours a day. Anna Jaques believes in a growing movement that attempts to make the cesarean delivery a more natural, or family-centered, event. Modifications of the standard technique include:

  • Early skin-to-skin contact in the operating room (with either mom or dad) 
  • Placement of ECG leads on the back, to allow a free chest for early maternal skin-to-skin contact
  • A drape with a "window" available for parents who would like to watch the birth of their baby
  • Baby may breast feed during surgery if both mother and baby are ready 

Benefits of this approach include a more family-centered experience for the mother and partner, improved temperature regulation for the baby, better bonding, early feeding, and overall greater satisfaction with the birthing experience.

“I recently gave birth to a baby girl in May, and had an incredible experience at the Birth Center. The midwives, nurses, and pediatricians we saw were all wonderful and I couldn’t have asked for a more comfortable stay.”

Pain Control

We have an anesthesiologist on staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to administer pain medications such as epidurals.

VBACs (Vaginal birth after Cesarean)

Our obstetrical team is one of few in the area to offer vaginal birth after Cesarean. In fact, our success rate last year was 77%. Vaginal births are available to patients who have previously given birth via Cesarean birth, with consultation and approval from your physician.

Outside Assistance

You have the option of bringing outside support for the delivery if desired. Doulas, specially trained coaches for labor and childbirth, are welcome in the hospital. If the patient desires an acupuncturist to assist in the labor or delivery, we will work with you to ensure hospital requirements are met beforehand.

Birthing Balls

This is a large ball that is provided by the hospital that is soft and comfortable to sit on, or across, to relieve pressure.

Off to a Great Start

Following delivery, your family will enjoy the privacy of your own room. Each room includes a sleeper chair or extra bed, flat-screen TV, Wi-Fi, and a refrigerator. Room service, a kitchenette stocked with food, and take-out menus to area restaurants are all available to patients and families during your stay. 

Family Rest Time

Family Rest Time is designated on the Birth Center between 2 – 4 p.m. daily to encourage the family to rest or nap. We encourage no visitors during this time but it is up to you whether you allow visitors at this time.

Lactation Consultation

We are fortunate to have International board certified lactation consultants on staff. They have a wide breadth of knowledge that guides women in breastfeeding. A lactation consultant will visit you in the hospital to assist you as you begin to breastfeed. She is available to you for further consultation during your stay.

If you are experiencing difficulty with breastfeeding at home, a personal appointment can be made with the lactation consultant. Most insurance covers this appointment. If you have any questions about breastfeeding, you are welcome to leave these on the Lactation Line. If they are urgent and concern your baby’s well being, we encourage you to call your pediatrician. Appointments can be made Monday through Friday by calling the Birth Center at 978-463-1060 or the Lactation Line at 978-463-1079.

The Newborn Channel

During your hospital stay, you can turn your TV to channels 22 (English) and 23 (Spanish), where we broadcast The Newborn Channel. Before and after your stay, we offer this service by logging into a website on your computer, tablet or smartphone. To view these educational videos outside of Anna Jaques Hospital, please follow the directions below:

Watch Newborn Channel programs at home!
Go to "Newborn Channel" (www.thenewbornchannelnow.com)
Enter password: 00419 

For more info, call 978-463-1060
Register for a tour at birthcenter@ajh.org.

Newborn

Specialized care for babies – and their families – who need extra support.

Every parent plans to have a healthy baby who arrives on his or her due date. But sometimes babies arrive early or develop health issues. The Neonatal Care Center at Anna Jaques is staffed around-the-clock by trained neonatologists and nurses who are experts in caring for these newborns.

The Neonatal Care Center is a Level 1B nursery that cares for premature babies, low birth weight newborns, and babies with unexpected medical complications that arise during delivery. It is fully equipped with the latest technology, including:

  • Cardiac monitors
  • LED phototherapy lights for elevated bilirubin levels
  • Radiant warming units
  • Resuscitation care centers
  • IV infusion pumps
  • Isolettes

Our Team 

BIDMCYou can take comfort in knowing your newborn will be in experienced hands if your baby arrives early or has a medical complication. Should the unexpected happen, a neonatologist is available to care for your baby 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, along with a team of skilled neonatal nurses. Thanks to our clinicial affiliation, neonatologists from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center are also on staff. It’s reassuring to know that most babies don’t have to leave the community and be separated from their families while receiving the care they need.

Feeding, Growing…Going Home

Some premature babies require the care of a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at a Boston hospital during their first days or weeks. Once they are medically stable, the baby will be transferred back to AJH where he/she can be cared for in a nurturing environment, and learn to feed and grow before they go home. Our highly trained team of doctors and nurses – all of whom have previously worked in Level II nurseries or NICU’s – can provide that extra level of care needed in this phase while supporting the family with this transition.

There are many advantages to receiving “step-down” care at Anna Jaques. While the care for babies remains the same, families save time and money on commuting and parking downtown, giving you more precious minutes with your baby. In fact, parents are welcome to visit at any time of day or night. Instead of a bustling NICU, you’ll find a soothing, nurturing environment with ample space for your family. Privacy curtains allow mom to pump breast milk at the bedside rather than in a nursing room. We also offer lactation support.

When it’s almost time for your baby to go home, we offer a “rooming in” with your baby so that you become comfortable caring for him or her, knowing that our expert nurses are just down the hall. Although your baby may not be ready to go home right away, we’ll help you feel as “at home” as possible in the Neonatal Care Center.

For more info, call 978-463-1060
Register for a tour at birthcenter@ajh.org.

Patients who need advanced care for high risk pregnancies can now receive that care at Anna Jaques, where previously they were traveling into downtown Boston or Route 128. A Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Maternal and Fetal Medicine specialist comes to Anna Jaques three times a month to provide high risk ultrasound to the patients of obstetricians at Women’s Health Care and assist them in treating their at risk patients.

BIDMC

Access to this high quality, specialized medicine reduces stress on patients who no longer need to travel substantial, inconvenient distances for specialty care. It also enhances what the Women’s Health Care obstetricians are able to provide their patients in a very integrated way.  

Dr. Karen O'Brien, Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist

Dr. Karen O'BrienDr. O’Brien specializes in the care of high-risk pregnancies, and brings a tertiary level of expert care to expecting mothers throughout the greater Merrimack Valley and Southern New Hampshire. She is now seeing patients in Newburyport three times a month. Appointments with Dr. O'Brien are made through the patient's OB/GYN office.

Dr. O’Brien is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology, as well as maternal-fetal medicine, and practices at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. She received her medical degree from Georgetown University and completed her post-graduate training at University of Pennsylvania Medical School.

For more info, call 978-463-1060
Register for a tour at birthcenter@ajh.org.

Team

At Anna Jaques, we know babies

Our skilled team has delivered thousands of babies. It’s a rewarding experience to help families bring a child into the world, and we can’t wait to meet your little one.

Compassionate, Comprehensive Care

Women’s Health Care, affiliated with Anna Jaques Hospital, provides comprehensive, quality obstetrical and gynecological care with the warmth, responsiveness and accessibility of a community-based practice. Since opening its doors 30 years ago, it has become one of the largest OB/GYN practices in the area. Its team of board-certified physicians, certified nurse midwives and certified nurse practitioners brings decades of experience in a wide range of clinical backgrounds and specialties, ensuring care is customized to a woman’s individual needs. Women’s Health Care has offices in Newburyport, Haverhill and Georgetown. 

“Thank you to all the nurses and doctors working in the Birth Center! Because of your wonderful care, my new grandson was able to come home early. My daughter and her husband had the best experience ever during their stay in our gem of a hospital! Keep up the great work!”

Visit www.whcobgyn.org for more information or call 978-556-0100.

 

High-Risk Obstetrical Care

Pregnancies may be high-risk for various factors, including mother’s age, hypertension, diabetes, multiples and history fertility assistance. Women who need advanced care for high-risk pregnancies no longer need to travel to Boston. Through Anna Jaques Hospital's clinical affiliation with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), a Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialist from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center comes to Anna Jaques three times each month to provide high risk ultrasound to the patients at Women’s Health Care and work side by side with our own obstetricians to provide the highest level of care for patients who need it. Access to this advanced, specialized medicine reduces stress on parents because they no longer need to travel out of the area for specialty care.


Neonatal Care Center

The Neonatal Care Center is a Level 1B nursery that cares for premature babies, low birth weight newborns, and babies with unexpected medical complications that arise during delivery. Should the unexpected happen, a neonatologist is available to care for your baby 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, along with a team of skilled neonatal nurses. It’s reassuring to know that most babies don’t have to leave the community and be separated from their families while receiving the care they need.

For more info, call 978-463-1060
Register for a tour at birthcenter@ajh.org.

We’re here for you.

Education & Support Group Opportunities - for Mom, Baby & Family!

brochure coverTo help you prepare for childbirth and your baby’s first year, we offer many classes and support groups, including childbirth preparation, sibling preparation, breastfeeding support and more. Check out our calendar of classes and groups for details or view the 2016 Class Brochure.

 

 

 

“I can’t express my appreciation for the fabulous assistance I received from the lactation department.”

 

 

Newburyport Magazine's "In the Family Way" feature article - Spring 2016

Click here to read article!

Birth Center

Tips for New Parents (Watch these 1-minute videos!)

Check out these videos that help answer a few common questions and concerns of new parents as they bring their baby home from the hospital.

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Doctors and Staff

Danielle Pelletier, CNM, MSN

Danielle Pelletier, CNM, MSN

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Specialties:

Obstetrics and Gynecology, Midwife

Board Certification:

American College of Nurse-Midwives

Office Locations:

Women's Health Care
Newburyport, MA
Women's Health Care
Haverhill, MA
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