Women and Infants Pavilion
Antelope Valley Hospital has always provided excellent maternity care, and since 2006, we have delivered that care in our Women and Infants Pavilion - a spacious and modern facility on the Antelope Valley Hospital campus that meets the growing needs of our region. Not only have we added labor and delivery beds, but we have also worked hard to create an environment where families can experience birth with the right blend of comfort and technology to support them. The pavilion's home-like atmosphere includes private rooms and couplet care, as well as a state-of-the-art NICU and three new surgery suites.
As the region's premier provider of obstetrical services, we deliver more than 5,000 babies a year, yet maintain the highest levels of quality. A recipient of the HealthGrades 2006 Maternity Care Excellence Award, we have received five stars in maternity care from HealthGrades for the past five years in a row, and have ranked in the nation's top 5% for the past three years in a row.
One of the most exciting additions at the Women & Infants Pavilion is the chance to experience "couplet care." Unlike the traditional approach, in which new babies are cared for in a separate nursery by a dedicated nursery staff, couplet care places newborns in the same room with their mothers until both go home. A single nurse attends to the needs of both mom and baby.
While a father's or partner's participation in the actual birth has become routine, couplet care at the Women and Infants Pavilion also allows them to be present for the duration of mother's and baby's stay at the hospital. Couplet care rooms will include extra sleeping accommodations, and there are no limitations on how long or how often fathers visit.
Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative
Antelope Valley Hospital (AVH) is currently working towards achieving our Baby Friendly Designation and improving breastfeeding rates in the Antelope Valley. AVH is doing this with the help and support of the National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare Quality (NICHQ) which is an independent, nonprofit organization working to make children’s health and healthcare better through quality improvement. We share their vision to help all children achieve optimal health.
NICHQ’s Best Fed Beginnings project is a joint effort with the Centers for Disease Control. It is a first-of-its kind initiative to help hospitals improve maternity care and increase the number of Baby Friendly designated hospitals in the US. AVH was one of 89 hospitals selected from across the United States to participate in this program. This project uses quality improvement tools and methods, and is starting to show good results, including here at AVH.
The Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative is a global program launched in 1991 to encourage and recognize hospitals and birthing centers that offer an optimal level of care for infant feeding and for mother-infant bonding. This project was started because one of the best ways a mother can protect and promote her infant’s health, as well as her own, is to breastfeed.