Birthing at Holy Cross Germantown Hospital Maryland


Approximately 160 obstetricians are credentialed to deliver your baby at Holy Cross Germantown Hospital. They deliver approximately 10,000 babies each year at our hospitals and are focused entirely on helping mothers have a healthy pregnancy and birth. Holy Cross Hospital delivers more babies and cares for more newborns with complex medical issues than any other hospital in Maryland or the District of Columbia. Their website is full of helpful information.

They boast about their care for high risk pregnancies, births and babies.

Holy Cross Germantown Maryland is welcoming to different methods of childbirth and also welcoming to doulas… “We support each person’s personal labor choices, including natural childbirth, vaginal birth after cesarean section (VBAC), and the participation of doulas in your labor and delivery.”

Balanced Birth Support has several doulas who regularly attend births at Holy Cross Germantown in Mayland, and they say that it is very welcoming to doulas. They have also said that they, and their clients, have had excellent experiences!

Location & Hours

Holy Cross Germantown Maryland is located at 19801 Observation Dr GermantownMaryland 20876Their main number is 301557600


Patients and visitors should park in the surface parking lot in front of Holy Cross Germantown Hospital. A parking lot for the Emergency Department is located in front of its entrance on the left-hand side of the hospital.

All parking at Holy Cross Germantown Hospital is free.

If you are in labor:

If you arrive to the hospital during daytime hours, enter through the main lobby and stop at the information desk to be directed to the third-floor Labor and Delivery unit. If you arrive to the hospital during evening hours, you may need to enter through the Emergency Department.

Visiting hours:Visiting Hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. | Quiet hours to promote patient rest: 8 p.m. to 10 a.m.


Located on the 1st floor and open daily, 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. A variety of prepared and self-serve items are available. Hot meals are available as follows, with grab-and-go meals available throughout the day:

  • Breakfast – 6:30 to 9:30 a.m.
  • Lunch – 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Dinner – 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Located on the first floor in the main lobby, around the corner from the Information desk:

  • 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday

Vending Machines:
Vending machines are available 24 hours a day and are located on the 1st floor in the cafeteria and at the entrance to the Emergency Department.

Amenities & Features for Birth/Postpartum

Private labor & delivery rooms 
Birth balls
Peanut balls

Squat Bars
Wireless & Telemetry Monitors
Family lounge 
Private postpartum rooms with shower, sleep chair or pull-out sofa for partner; rocking chair; adjustable lighting, in-room wifi

NICU: Holy Cross Germantown Hospital’s fully-equipped Level II Neonatal Unit is a newborn care center for babies who are born up to two months early or who require being on a ventilator for less than 24 hours. If a newborn requires more intensive care after the first 24 hours following birth, parents have the option to have their baby transferred to the Holy Cross Hospital NICU in Silver Spring. Like all patient rooms at Holy Cross Germantown Hospital, the Neonatal Unit features all private rooms for babies and their visiting family.

Other Information

Placenta Removal- Your placenta can be taken home on the day of delivery but you will need to sign a waiver. Be sure to tell your care provider and nurses that you will be bringing your placenta home.

Typical DischargeVaginal delivery 2 nights; Cesarean- 3-4 nights.

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