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Labor, Delivery and Beyond

Description of imageCHA Cambridge Hospital was named one of Newsweek’s Best Maternity Hospitals 2021!

When You and Your Baby are Ready

You're at the center of your birthing experience and
CHA is here to support you. 

At CHA, you will find:

One of the lowest C-section rates in MA

Our skilled providers do everything they can to reduce your risk of needing a cesarean. It shows because we have one of the lowest C-section rates in Massachusetts. However, sometimes C-sections are the safest option. If you need a C-section, our obstetricians are expertly trained and experienced in this surgical procedure and you will be well cared for by the entire team.

VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean)

Giving birth vaginally has benefits for you and your baby – less pain, lower risk of infection, and natural immunities for your child. If you had a previous C-section, you may be able to deliver vaginally. Your provider will help you understand all of your options.

Pain relief during delivery

There are many ways you can reduce your pain during delivery. The more you know, the more relaxed you will be during labor. Here are some options that are available to you:

  • Massage
  • Breathing
  • Movement – walking, changing positions
  • Meditation
  • Water therapy – showers and baths
  • Hot packs
  • Medication and other forms of anesthesia

Specialty Care

If you need specialty care during your pregnancy, you are in good hands. You always have access to our expert CHA obstetrician-gynecologist doctors as well as specialists from our partner hospitals: Tufts Medical Center (TMC) and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC). This ensures you and your baby will always receive the highest quality care.

Maternal Fetal Medicine: This service is for women with a high-risk pregnancy. It lets us look at the health of the mother and child at the same time to reduce risk factors. You can also access on-site genetic counseling and prenatal testing. Speak with your provider for more information.

Neonatologists: These doctors care for high-risk babies who are born early, have low birth weights, are twins or triplets or have other health problems.

Special Training for Emergencies

Most deliveries at CHA are wonderful experiences for new moms and their families. If something changes during or after your delivery, you’ll be with staff who are specially trained to identify any problems and intervene when needed. We take your safety seriously and do drills to prepare for the unexpected.

After Delivery

We want to make sure you have everything you need. 

Breastfeeding support

Breastfeeding is the best choice for both you and your baby. It gives your baby the healthiest food, it's free and it gives your baby antibodies to stay healthy. Breastfeeding also helps you bond with your baby, lose pregnancy weight and can reduce your risk for diabetes and certain cancers.

While breastfeeding is the best option, sometimes it can be hard. That's why we offer you support. 

  • Meet with a lactation specialist. Call Cambridge Pediatrics at 617-665-1264 to make an appointment. 
  • Join a support group. Sessions are on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 10-noon with a lactation consultant and our Doulas. These sessions are offered at 8 Camelia Ave., directly across from the CHA Cambridge Hospital entrance and next door to the Cambridge Birth Center.

Newborn Services and Pediatrics

Your baby will need to see a doctor many times during their first year and beyond. CHA's expert team includes doctors on the faculty of Harvard Medical School. Choose a CHA doctor and you will get a team to help you care for your child from birth through the teenage years. Our pediatricians are welcoming new patients and offer meet and greet appointments before you give birth.

Car Seat Safety

As a new parent, you want to make your first trip home with your baby a safe one. When leaving the hospital in a car, according to Massachusetts law, your baby must be put in a rear-facing infant car seat placed in the center of the back seat. You can contact your local police and fire department for help installing your car seat before your due date. Find out more about car seats here.

Contact Us

CHA Maternity Services

Care in Cambridge, Revere or Somerville and have your baby at CHA Cambridge Hospital.

P: (617) 665-1660 | F: (617) 665-1847

Some Family Medicine doctors can also provide prenatal care in Cambridge, Malden and Somerville, and support your delivery at CHA Cambridge Hospital.

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CHA Birth Center, Cambridge Hospital

10 Camelia Ave. | Cambridge

P: (617) 665-2229 | F: (617) 665-1165

Hours

M - F: 8:30 am - 5 pm

Phones open to 4:30 pm all days

CHA Cambridge Hospital

CHA Women's Health at Cambridge Hospital

1493 Cambridge St. | Cambridge

P: (617) 665-2800 | F: (617) 665-2891

Hours

M - F: 8:30 am - 5 pm

Phones open to 4:30 pm all days

CHA Revere Care Center

CHA Women's Health at Revere Care Center

454 Broadway | Revere

P: (781) 485-8200 | F: (781) 485-8236

Hours

M - F: 8:30 am - 5 pm

Phones open to 4:30 pm all days

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CHA Women's Health at Somerville Campus

33 Tower Street | South Building, 5th floor | Somerville

P: (617) 591-4800 | F: (617) 591-4822

Hours

M, T, Th, F: 8:30 am - 5 pm

Wed: 8:30 am - 7:30 pm

Phones open to 4:30 pm all days

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