Birthing at Fort Belvoir Community Hospital

Fort Belvoir Community Hospital

Summary

Fort Belvoir Community Hospital is a new, state-of-the art military hospital designed to provide “safe, quality, and compassionate care” to our nations active duty military, veterans, and their families.

The hospital began serving patients in August of 2011 and was built with evidenced based design in mind- proving a facility designed to produce better physical and emotional outcomes for patients and their families. The hospital is also focused on research and education.

In addition to OB/GYN providers, FBCH has a strong midwifery practice, committed to empowering women and their families through education, advocacy, and informed decision making. They support families with low intervention births but work collaboratively with OB’s and other support staff.

Location

The Fort Belvoir Community Hospital is located at 9300 DeWitt Hoop, Fort Belvoir VA 22060.

A PDF of the campus is available here

Everyone entering Fort Belvoir will need government-issued photo identification. Examples include driver’s license, state identification card, military identification or passport. This applies to everyone in the vehicle age 16 and over.

Free patient parking will be on the first two levels of both Meadows and River parking garages on each side of the hospital. In addition to the parking garages, parking spaces are available in front of the hospital

Labor & Delivery is located In the Oaks Pavillion, Floor 5, Main Reception.

If you are in labor: No changes to entrances

Fort Belvoir has a multi-tiered visitor policy:

  • Family: Defined by the patient or by the patients representative are encouraged to visit between 6:30am-11pm. Quiet hours are from 11pm-6:30am.
  • Family Guests: Visitors who are accepted by the patient and have some prior connection- including (but not limited too) friends, neighbors, buddies, unit members. They are encouraged to visit from 10am-9pm.
  • Visitors: No prior connection to the patient. Visitors must contact Executive Services 48 hours prior to a planned visit, at (571) 231-3302

Anyone with cold, flu, or other symptoms should speak with the charge nurse before visiting to ensure proper protection for the patient.

Food

Dining Facility:
Breakfast M-F: 0600-0900, holidays/weekend: 0600-0800
Lunch M-F: 1100-1400, holidays/weekends: 1100-1300
Dinner: 1630-1830 daily

Grab and Go:
M-F 0800-1500

Amenities & Features for Birth/Postpartum

Private labor & delivery rooms with walk in showers
Refrigerator available
Private postpartum rooms– Pull-out sofa for support person to spend the night.
Peanut & Birth balls available
Squat bars
Wireless monitors available (Three rooms available- first come first serve basis. Ask when being admitted for one of these rooms.)
Lactation consultants available

Fort Belvoir is very welcoming to birth doulas

Other Information

Placenta Removal- You are permitted to take your placenta home but it must be removed immediately and you will have to provide your own container.
Typical Discharge-
24 hours after a normal vaginal delivery with no complications.
72 hours after a cesarean birth
Hospital policy is that there is no photography, videography, or audio recording permitted in the hospital. Exceptions can be made for labor and delivery. Speak with your caregiver to get permission.

Key Statistics & Additional Information

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Renee Corbino

Author: Renee Corbino

Renee keeps Balanced Birth Support organized and amazing as the Administrative Manager. She lives in Northern Virginia with her awesome fire fighting husband and two cute little boys. She is a breech birthing mama and supporter of empowering births.

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