At WVU Medicine, we know that nothing in life is more special than having a baby. The Birthing Center at Berkeley Medical Center is dedicated to making every step of the birthing process memorable and positive. Our Center is committed to continually meeting and exceeding strict quality standards of care for maternal, fetal and newborn health.

About our Center

The Birthing Center at Berkeley Medical Center has earned the Gold Seal of Approval from The Joint Commission with an advanced certification in Perinatal Care. We are proud to be the only hospital in West Virginia, and one of only 62 facilities nationwide, to have achieved this certification.

Berkeley Medical Center is one of two hospitals in the WVU Medicine system and the only hospital in a 50 mile radius that is recognized as a Baby Friendly facility. Baby-Friendly USA is the authority for the implementation of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI), a global program sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).  The initiative encourages and recognizes hospitals and birthing centers that offer an optimal level of care for breastfeeding mothers and their babies.

Berkeley Medical Center is also certified by Cribs for Kids as a National Safe Sleep Hospital, is one of 21 hospitals in West Virginia participating in YES to Safe Sleep for Babies, and has received the West Virginia Perinatal Partnership’s First Baby Initiative with one of the lowest primary C-section rates in West Virginia.

Features

  • 5 labor rooms for vaginal deliveries
  • All nurses trained in Newborn Resuscitation Program (NRP), Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS), and Fetal Monitoring
  • Onsite Level III NICU for higher level of newborn care
  • 1 obstetric operating room for cesarean deliveries
  • 4 beds for outpatient services
  • Whirlpool tub for labor management and pain relief
  • “Rooming in” for mom/baby postpartum couplet care
  • Infant security system
  • Lactation consultation services for inpatients and outpatients
  • Car Seat Safety Technician available by appointment

Schedule a Tour

For more information or to schedule a tour of the Birthing Center at Berkeley Medical Center, call 304-264-1270.

Please note that tours may not currently be available due to COVID-19.

Location and Contact Information

Birthing Center
Berkeley Medical Center
2500 Hospital Drive
Martinsburg, WV 25401
304-264-1270

Breastfeeding has multiple benefits for both baby and mom as it provides the perfect nutrition that promotes growth, development and a healthy immune system.

Exclusive breastfeeding is recommended for at least 6 months and continued breastfeeding for at least one year as new foods are introduced to your baby’s diet. Breast milk provides the ideal nutrition for your baby and has everything needed for the first six months of life.

Benefits of Breastfeeding

  • Provides important antibodies that help fight off viruses and bacteria and may reduce the risk of ear infections, respiratory infections and other illnesses
  • May aid in protecting baby against allergies and eczema
  • Causes less stomach upset, diarrhea and constipation than formula
  • Decreases childhood obesity rates
  • Promotes important skin-to-skin time with baby for bonding and growth
  • Decreases mom’s risk of breast and ovarian cancer
  • Burns calories that may help mom lose pregnancy weight

There are very few circumstances in which breastfeeding your baby would not be advised and other options should be considered. We encourage you to discuss any health issues or concerns with your healthcare provider or lactation consultant

Breastfeeding Support

We are committed to providing breastfeeding education and support to new, expectant and experienced moms. Our team of Lactation Specialists are available to offer breastfeeding support while you are in the hospital. It is our shared goal to help you meet your breastfeeding goals.

Help is available for:

  • Latching positioning
  • Milk supply questions
  • Guidance with breastmilk pumping
  • Prenatal counseling/education
  • Advisement of medication safety during breastfeeding

Amy Blue, RN, IBCLC
Berkeley Medical Center
2500 Hospital Drive
Martinsburg, WV 25401
304-264-1000 ext 37006

Pam Longmore, PNP, IBCLC
WVU Medicine Primary Care & Pediatrics – Inwood Primary Care
operated by WVU Medicine University Healthcare Physicians
5047 Gerrardstown Road, Suite 2B
Inwood, WV 25428
304-229-6343

Jane Squires, RN, IBCLC
Shenandoah Community Health
99 Tavern Road
Martinsburg, WV 25401
304.283.4680

Community Breastfeeding Resources

We are committed to providing breastfeeding education and support to new, expectant and experienced moms. Our team of International Board Certified Lactation Consultants are available to offer breastfeeding support while you are in the hospital and after discharge. It is our shared goal to help make breastfeeding a success for you and your baby.

Amy Blue, RN, IBCLC Berkeley Medical Center, 304.264.1275

Beth Palermino, RN, IBCLC Berkeley Medical Center, 304.264.1275

Pam Longmore, PNP, IBCLC Inwood Primary Care, 304.229.6343

Jan Squires, RN, IBCLC Shenandoah Community Health, 304.283.4680

Support Groups

Support Groups may not be meeting or may be meeting virtually due to COVID-19. Please contact the Birthing Center at 304-264-1270 for more information.

Virtual Childbirth Education Classes

Free and open to moms and babies.

Thursdays from 5 – 7 pm

Via Microsoft Teams App on smartphone/tablet or a computer with webcam

New four-class series are offered every other month. Registration is required to participate. Call 304.264.1297, ext. 2 to register. For more information, contact Seol Harrelson, RN at sharrels@wvumedicine.org or Tasheema Bullock, RN at tasheema.bullock@wvumedicine.org

Berkeley Medical Center Wednesday Latch Check

Free and open to moms and babies.

Every Wednesday 10 – 11:30 am

Dorothy McCormack Center, 2nd floor Conference Room 2000 Foundation Way, Martinsburg

*If you are not a BMC patient, stop by the main hospital registration area to register your first time.

 

Shenandoah Community Health Breastfeeding Support Group

Free and open to moms and babies.

Every Friday 10 – 11:30 am

Sandra Vickstrom Board Room, 99 Tavern Road, Martinsburg

 

La Leche League of Jefferson County

Free and open to moms and babies.

2nd Wednesday of the Month at 10:30 am

Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church 100 W. Washington Street, Shepherdstown

Tongue-Tie Resources

Christopher Chang, MD, 304.347.0505

Nahla Chaudhary, DDS, 304.263.0991

Chadi Makary, MD, 304.262.9400

Robert Marcus, DDS, 410.526.5050

Michael Virts, DDS, 301.829.6588

There is nothing more exciting than sharing pictures of your newborn with family and friends. Berkeley Medical Center has now made this possible by using Mom365 WebNursery®.

Mom365 WebNursery® is your baby’s own web page! Helping to celebrate Baby’s new arrival, it includes Baby’s first photo and birth information. WebNursery® is a fun and fast way for parents to share the news of Baby’s birth with friends and family around the world.

Access Mom365 WebNursery®