Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center celebrates nearly 35 years of welcoming babies into the world.

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On Nov. 22, 1981, Shady Grove Adventist Hospital welcomed its first of more than 100,000 babies.

At 3:38 p.m. on Nov. 22, 1981, Shady Grove Adventist Hospital welcomed its first baby. The girl was born in the new obstetrical unit that included 16 maternal/child department beds, five labor and delivery rooms and a 20-bassinet nursery. Within 24 hours, the unit had delivered five babies.

In 1981, the 55-nurse department emphasized “family centered” care, which permitted fathers to stay in the rooms during birth, a practice that hospitals had only just begun adopting. It also offered uninterrupted bonding time for parents after birth; babies stayed with their mothers most of the day. In addition, the unit featured a Level II special care nursery to treat infants with complications.

By 1983, Shady Grove Adventist Hospital entered a baby boom. According to The Washington Post: “Since the maternity ward opened two years ago, the hospital has been forced to open a satellite nursery, borrow extra bassinets from other medical centers, double its nursing staff and inaugurate a discounted ‘special delivery’ program for stays of less than 24 hours.”

And Baby 100,000+

Today, the Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center Birth Center has 208 nurses, 23 state-of-the-art labor and delivery rooms and 48 private mother/baby suites. In addition, the hospital has Montgomery County’s first Level IIIB neonatal intensive care unit (Level IIIB is one of the highest ratings possible for newborn critical care).

“Our Birth Center is committed to supporting new families during this exciting time,” says Kathy Dallas, director of women and children’s services at Shady Grove Medical Center. “In addition to prenatal and child care courses, we are pleased to off er the area’s only birth advisor to help guide expecting parents.”

This past spring, Shady Grove Medical Center became the first hospital in Maryland to achieve the Baby-Friendly designation through the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s Fund, recognizing its extensive breastfeeding care and support.

The Birth Center at Shady Grove Medical Center has welcomed more than 100,000 babies into the world over the past three decades, including over 5,000 in 2013. The entire care team looks forward to celebrating many, many more births in the future.