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Labor & Delivery - Family Centered Care Units

About Family Centered Care at Sibley

Our mission is to provide highly skilled and considerate care for you and your baby.  We are passionate about providing you with personalized attention that shows respect for your physical, spiritual, social and cultural needs.
Our units consist of 34 private rooms each with a pull-out bed to allow one designated person to stay with you, and four semi-private rooms. You are encouraged to keep your baby in the room with you so you can bond as a family unit and learn baby care while our staff is available to assist you.
You will find that our staff is caring, experienced and compassionate.  We are committed to respecting your privacy, managing your pain, answering the call light promptly, providing answers to your questions, and giving you reassurance and support. To provide the care you want and deserve our staff includes a health care team of physicians, nurses, clinical care assistants, case managers and breastfeeding consultants.

Safety and Security  

To ensure the safety of you and your baby, we have all locked units.  Every person who enters our units must identify her /himself and whom she/he is visiting.  Each staff member wears photo ID tag with a green line identifying the department. The baby will have two ID bracelets that all match with your bracelet’s number and the significant others bracelet. The staff will check that your ID number matches your baby’s number upon admission and at any time you are separated from the baby.  Our security officers make frequent rounds on all the units to ensure safety.


The experience of birthing can be exhausting.  When you need time to rest, we will be happy to care for your baby in the nursery.

Newborn Care

When your baby is  24 hours old, a pediatrician will perform a physical and behavioral exam of your newborn.  Our nursing staff will assess your baby every eight hours.  All babies will be offered the first series of Hepatitis B Vaccines upon the pediatrician request, have their hearing tested, and closely examined for signs and symptoms of jaundice (yellow color of the skin). After 36 hours of age, a blood test (PKU) will be performed to check for any errors in metabolism. This test is required by the D.C. government. 


A photo will be taken by a photographer from Gaga Photos upon your request. An authorization form must be signed before pictures can be taken. Gaga Photos will provide a pricing list for photo packages.

Birth Certificates

A birth certificate form is in your orientation folder.  This must be completed and will be collected for the Birth Registar Specialist to process. 
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