Reasons Why You Should Choose Hanover Women's Center

Exceptional Medical Care

Exceptional Medical Care with an elite team of physicians, midwives and nurses and state-of-the-art equipment and technology. We offer around-the-clock care.

Pain Management

Because the birthing process is often painful, UPMC Pinnacle offers a range of pain management options for your labor and delivery. Whether you want to deliver with or without medication, our caring staff will respect your wishes and help you create the birthing experience that is best for you. It may be helpful for you and your partner to discuss your pain management preferences with your healthcare provider before labor begins. Pain management preferences can also be incorporated into your birth plan.

At UPMC Pinnacle Hanover, we address your pain differently depending on your condition. As your labor progresses, we will monitor your pain and provide you with information on the pain management options available to you, including:

  • Medication-free pain management or "natural childbirth." These options include the use of drug-free comfort measures such as relaxation and breathing techniques, massage, acupressure, aromatherapy, walking, position changes, counter-pressure and water therapy in our Jacuzzi tub. Medication-free childbirth enables you to move more freely during labor and may result in a more alert baby, which helps to promote early breastfeeding.
  • Pain medication. Medication is usually delivered through an intravenous (IV) line after your cervix begins to dilate.
  • Epidural anesthesia. An anesthesiologist inserts a catheter in your spine to deliver anesthesia that will numb your body from the waist down to diminish the pain of contractions. If you have an epidural, you must stay in bed until your baby is delivered.
  • New! Nitrous oxide. Nitrous oxide has been used extensively worldwide as a primary form of pain relief (analgesia) for labor and birth. It is self-administered on demand by the patient. The system uses 50 percent nitrous oxide mixed with 50 percent oxygen. We will instruct you on how to use nitrous. Usually within 15 seconds women feel more relaxed. Your pain will not be totally gone but will become more manageable.  Learn more about this new service!

Mother-Baby Nursing

Mother-baby nursing allows you to learn all about your unique newborn, as your baby is cared for at your beside. As a result, bonding and attachment are enhanced, babies are happy and you, a new parent, will leave the hospital more confident in your parenting skills.

Golden Hour

The Golden Hour is the first hour after your child’s birth, and we reserve that time for you and your partner to get to know your baby.  Parents are encouraged to touch, talk to and bond with their baby during this first hour of life.

Lactation Services

We offer lactation education and counseling for your unique situation, including those with babies who are born prematurely or with other special needs. Our staff includes a board-certified lactation consultant and we provide individualized, personal breastfeeding support during your hospital stay. Prenatal and postnatal counseling is also available.

Going Home

It's comforting to know that you can call us when needed. After you are discharged a nurse will call and follow up with you if you have any questions or concerns also you can call us if needed with any of your questions. A nurse is always available 24 hours a day to answer your concerns. Call us any time at 717-316-2262 for your postpartum and newborn concerns.