First baby born at Penn State Health Lancaster Medical Center
Birth helps to mark milestone for improved access to women’s health services in Lancaster County
Penn State Health Lancaster Medical Center has welcomed its first baby. Townsley Guy Stetzler was born at 12:10 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 16 to Devon and Steven Stetzler. He weighed 6 pounds, 9 ounces, and doctors say both mom and baby are doing well.
To commemorate the special occasion, Townsley’s parents received a “first baby at Lancaster Medical Center” onesie, and gift baskets full of treats for mom and dad as well as Penn State gear.
The Medical Center’s Family Birthing Suite and the Penn State Health Obstetrics and Gynecology Clinic – located on the hospital campus – opened on Monday, marking a milestone for improved access to women’s health services in Lancaster County.
“Having a baby is exciting but can also create anxiety. Our Family Birthing Suite provides holistic care and support coupled with the latest technologies to help families of all types experience happy and safe deliveries,” said Dr. Laura Hunter, medical director of obstetrics and gynecology at Lancaster Medical Center, who delivered Townsley. “Our staff have worked hard to create a special experience for parents-to-be and their partners and exceed their expectations with regard to the care, comfort and support we provide.”
The Family Birthing Suite features spacious, private rooms with amenities including hydrotherapy tubs and aromatherapy. It includes three delivery rooms, eight postpartum rooms, a C-section operating room and one flex room, which is specially equipped for all care that could be needed for obstetrics patients, available in one room. The experienced nursing team can tend to babies with additional needs in the special care nursery that includes additional benefits, such as AngelEye technology allowing parents to monitor their baby at all times.
The unit provides comprehensive care for the many ways that families are created — including support for same-sex couples, surrogate births and adoption. And if a newborn needs advanced neonatal specialty services, they will receive coordinated care from the experts nearby at Penn State Health Children’s Hospital in Hershey.
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