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Healthier Pregnancies for Stronger Babies

Teaching positive pre and postnatal family behavior
Northeast Pennsylvania’s future depends on the health of its community, especially its children. 

That’s why quality prenatal care and post-delivery care is so important to maintain your health, prevent low birth weight and infant death.

But good pre and postnatal health is as much about education as it is medical care. With the right training and support before your pregnancy, the better chances for a drama-free birth and a strong, healthy baby.

Women who receive late or no prenatal care are almost twice as likely to have babies with low birth weight, a major cause of infant mortality

--PA Dept. of Health, State Health Improvement Plan, 2006-2010

Geisinger is there

Providing guidance for soon-to-be moms
The Geisinger Bloomsburg Hospital (GBH) Maternity Unit supports women’s and infant’s outcomes with the provision of prenatal and postnatal education.

Delivering piece of mind
Some expectant women do not see the inside of a hospital until it’s time for their baby to be born.

So prior to the birth, women and their families are invited to schedule a tour of the GBH maternity center. During the tour, the moms-to-be have the opportunity to ask questions and get personalized information on the needs of her pregnancy.

Once admitted, skilled maternity nurses continue the maternity education, including:

  • One-on-one verbal instructions
  • Creating a birth plan
  • Hands-on demonstrations
  • Videos

Education topics include:

  • Labor review
  • Post-partum (after pregnancy) care for moms
  • Proper diet and exercise
  • Newborn care
  • Breastfeeding training and support
  • Avoiding Shaken Baby Syndrome
  • S.I.D.S. (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome)
  • Car seat safety
  • Discharge care and instructions

Additional help
After the birth of your child, our maternity unit can help new moms and dads make follow-up appointments with community partners such as Home Health, WIC (Women, Infants and Children), and La Leche League (breastfeeding support).