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Maternity: Tour Our Unit

Welcome to UPMC Altoona's Maternity Unit!

Parents-to-be can experience anxiety as they await their little one's arrival. Unfamiliar faces and surroundings can contribute to your nervousness. That's why we want to help you get acquainted with our facility and staff. Let's take a quick tour so you know what to expect.

Before your stay

We suggest you have your bag or suitcase for the hospital packed ahead of time.

Here are some items mom might want to bring for herself:
Bathrobe · nightgowns/pajamas · slippers · toiletry articles · nursing bras (or other good support bra) · reading materials, tapes, CDs · comfortable clothing for the ride home

Here are some items to bring for the baby:
Large blanket · comfortable clothing · receiving blanket · sweater · socks or booties · T-shirt · cap or hat · infant car seat

Your family and support system are welcome to remain in our waiting area while you give birth.

A more personal maternity experience

Our state-of-the-art maternity suites are designed for labor, birth and recovery - all in one room. The LDRP rooms make the experience as comfortable as possible, with all specialists, nurses and equipment coming to the mother. This personal, home-like atmosphere for mom and baby promotes early and frequent skin-to-skin contact and on-demand breastfeeding. This helps boost mom's confidence in caring for her baby. Fathers are welcome to stay in the rooms to assist with the infant's care.

In the Operating Room at Altoona Regional Surgery Center

In the operating room

UPMC Altoona is able to provide babies who experience some difficulties after birth with more advanced care. Scheduled and emergency Cesarean sections (surgical deliveries) are handled promptly and without difficulty in the two operating rooms located on the unit. Being prepared for the unexpected is a hallmark of UPMC Altoona.

birthing room at Altoona Regional

While you're here

At UPMC Altoona, our highly trained staff help deliver the quality care you expect and deserve. Our maternity nurses are among the most caring and knowledgeable.

The time after a baby is born is a crucial time for the mother and baby to bond, we encourage mothers to be skin-to-skin with her infant for at least one hour immediately after birth as this significantly raises the chances of successful breast feeding. Maternity asks that you limit the total number of visitors in a patient's room to three at any time. Please keep visits to an appropriate length. Persons under the age of 12 who are not siblings of the newborn are not permitted in the Maternity ward.

Visiting hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. for grandparents and siblings of the newborn, and 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. for all others. Fathers are permitted around the clock.


Mom, baby, and mom's support person are all given I.D. bands after delivery, which are to be left on throughout your hospital stay. The I.D. bands are used to identify your baby, and the bands will be checked and removed by a nurse before discharge.

UPMC Altoona also has an additional security tag that will be placed on both moms and babies, allowing your baby’s location to be monitored through a central monitoring system at all times throughout your stay.

Mother visiting newborn in maternity unit.


UPMC Altoona supports family bonding and strongly encourages our parents to keep their babies with them 24/7, allowing the family the opportunity to breastfeed or bottle-feed, and for dad or the support person to assist mom in caring for the infant in preparation for going home. Our compassionate staff, however, will allow infants to return to the nursery upon request to allow mothers to rest.

Two of our nurses are certified lactation consultants, who offer breastfeeding classes and facilitate a nursing mothers' support group.

Pastoral Care makes daily rounds on the Maternity unit and is available 24/7 upon request to provide spiritual and emotional support to our patients and their families.

If reading about our exceptional facility and staff hasn't convinced you to have your baby at UPMC Altoona, please come see for yourself.

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