Best Hospitals For Baby Delivery Ranked In MD

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U.S. News & World Report on Tuesday released its Best Hospitals for Maternity Care ranking. Three Maryland hospitals made the list. A stock photo of a pregnant woman with a doctor is shown above. (Shutterstock)

Patch manager Deb Belt originally published this story.

MARYLAND — Three hospitals in Maryland made the grade in a new ranking of the Best Hospitals for Maternity Care for 2023-24 released Tuesday by U.S. News & World Report.

The ranking of 680 hospitals nationwide is a guide for parents making one of the most important decisions of their lives — where their baby will be born. Each hospital participating in the U.S. News survey received a scorecard describing their performance on a checklist of items parents look for when choosing where to have their baby.

Jennifer Winston, a health data scientist for U.S. News, said the top hospitals in the survey are those with a “high performing” designation for care given to patients with uncomplicated pregnancies. These hospitals had Cesarean Section rates of 26 percent or lower and newborn complication rates of 37 percent or lower, Winston explained in a news release.

Of the 16 Maryland hospitals that participated in the U.S. News maternity services survey, these three hospitals received the high performing designation:

Garrett Regional Medical Center in Oakland: Offers Private Rooms or Suites, Partner May Stay Overnight Post-Delivery, Breastfeeding and Lactation Consultants Available Before and/or After Discharge In Hospital and At Home, offers Perinatal Depression Screening and Services, offers Postpartum Depression Screening and Services after birth but less than 12 months.

Johns Hopkins Medicine-Howard County Medical Center in Columbia: Offers Childbirth Classes, Private Rooms or Suites, Partner May Stay Overnight Post-Delivery, Midwives Can Attend Births, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), Immersive Tub Hydrotherapy During Labor, Breastfeeding and Lactation Consultants Available Before and/or After Discharge both in hospital and at home, offers Perinatal Depression Screening and Services, offers Postpartum Depression Screening and Services after birth through 12 months.

University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Easton: Offers Childbirth Classes, Private Rooms or Suites, Partner May Stay Overnight Post-Delivery, Midwives Can Attend Births, Immersive Tub Hydrotherapy During Labor, Breastfeeding and Lactation Consultants Available Before and/or After Discharge both in hospital and at home, Valet Parking Available at times, Perinatal Depression Screening and Services, Postpartum Depression Screening and Services offered after birth through 12 months.

New to the rankings this year is the inaugural “Maternity Care Access Hospitals” list, which highlights 73 hospitals providing services in what otherwise would be maternity care deserts that have “left millions of people without local access to maternity care” in some parts of the country, Winston said.

In Maryland, Maternity Care Access Hospitals are:

  • Meritus Health-Hagerstown, Hagerstown
  • MedStar St. Mary's Hospital, Leonardtown
  • Carroll Hospital, Westminster
  • Garrett Regional Medical Center, Oakland

The hospitals are ranked on objective measures of quality, including C-section rate, lower-risk pregnancies, newborn complication rates, exclusive breast milk feeding rates, early elective delivery rates, birthing-friendly practices and transparency on racial/ethnic disparities, among other measures. Read more about the methodology.

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