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About the Women's Place
Heart of Lancaster Regional Medical Center’s labor and delivery center, the Women’s Place, is a part of a full service hospital. What does that mean for you? It means that if a complication arises, quick access to a complete range of specialists and emergency services are available in the same facility, reducing the need to transfer patients to another hospital for a higher level of care.
Heart of Lancaster also offers:
- 24/7 in-hospital OB/GYN physicians
- 24/7 in-hospital Midwives
- 24/7 in-hospital Neonatologists
- 24/7 in-hospital Anesthesiologists
- 24/7 in-hospital ER Physicians
- Level III NICU (the only full-service hospital in the county with this designation)
There is a lot to consider when having a baby. Rest assured that the Women’s Place at Heart of Lancaster is equipped to take care of you and your baby in any situation.
New moms are raving about the Women's Place!
At the Women's Place, you'll find that we're intent upon creating the ideal birthing experience for you and your baby. We'll pamper you with personalized attention. We'll give you premier medical care, and we'll provide information and personal assistance that will make you feel safe, comfortable, and informed through all stages of your pregnancy, birth and recovery.
Read stories from real moms who gave birth at the Women's Place below and see for yourself the difference family centered maternity care makes for new moms.
Heather’s Birthing Story
East Lampeter, PA
All three of my children were born at the Women’s Place. My first experience with Heart of Lancaster was when my sister-in-law had to have at emergency surgery. That was when I learned about and saw the Women’s Place, and I knew it was the perfect place for me. I didn’t want to be a part of a “baby factory” – I didn’t want to be just a number. I was seeing another OBGYN practice but switched to OBGYN of Lancaster so I could deliver at the Women’s Place.
Both of my pregnancies were high risk. I have Factor 5 blood disorder. My second pregnancy also was high risk because I was pregnant with twins and developed gestational diabetes. The team at OBGYN of Lancaster did a wonderful job of monitoring me and my babies throughout both pregnancies.
My labor with my son was five days. I was very frustrated! Midwife George Eckenrode sat down and was point blank and assertive about what needed to be the next course of action, which was exactly what I was looking for. He helped me understand what was going on and laid it all out for me. He was amazing! He kept me calm and told me when and where to push – he was like a football coach! It made the whole situation so much better having never been through it before – he was so sure of everything.
Nurse Sheila Ulmer helped teach me how to breastfeed and nurse Becca MacNamara was also there to help me whenever I needed. Despite a long labor, everything turned out great!
I met Dr. Fromuth during my first pregnancy. I requested him to do the c-section for my twins. The day of my c-section it was Dr. Fromuth’s birthday but he came in anyway. He could have had the day off but he came in because I requested him which I thought was really cool. I was nervous because I never had surgery before – let alone be awake for it! But Dr. Fromuth talked me through the whole thing and even made jokes to keep my mind off of it. When we heard the babies cry I felt so relaxed and happy.
Dr. Satorie came in to check on me a couple of times even though I wasn’t her patient – just to see how we were all doing. I even got to meet her kids!
The rooms at Women’s Place are awesome. It was peaceful and there was no excessive noise. I really liked the Jacuzzi tub in the natural delivery room to help relax my back muscles. I liked that my children stayed in the room with me. Even the food was really good and I could choose what I wanted!
Everyone I met at OBGYN of Lancaster and Women’s Place was just great and so helpful. Dr. Livingston and a nurse at OBGYN of Lancaster were both pregnant with twins the same time I was and it was fun for all of us to talk about our pregnancies. After the birth of my girls, a nurse even helped me take a bath. Nurses would “babysit” so I could have some sleep when I was exhausted. The people were very personable – I appreciated the personal attention that I got and the fact we could make our own choices on things like vaccinations. We felt empowered to do so. If you are looking for more control and ability to make the choices yourself I could recommend Women’s Place and OBGYN of Lancaster.
I did a lot of research on where to have my baby. Nothing ever comes easy for me medically – I always have complications so I needed a team and hospital that knew what they were doing.
The main reason I chose OBGYN of Lancaster and the Women’s Place for my pregnancy and birth of my son was the fact that they are a full service hospital and are able to take care of the woman and the baby if the need arises. At other hospitals, the mother and baby would have to be separated….but Heart of Lancaster has all of the services in the same building. I felt assured knowing that Women’s Place has a Level III NICU. I switched to OBGYN of Lancaster from another OBGYN practice when I was at 20 weeks because I wanted to deliver at the Women’s Place.
I received Grade A/Top Quality care. As far as my pregnancy, the doctors, nurses and midwives worked as a team, and they make you feel like you are part of a family. I was never rushed through an appointment at OBGYN of Lancaster. I saw Dr. Satorie with OBGYN of Lancaster throughout my pregnancy. I went through so many ups and downs throughout my pregnancy and she was right there with me. She became almost like a personal friend to me.
As far as Heart of Lancaster, they were just fabulous. They were on top of everything – I never had to ask for anything. The staff was very knowledgeable, welcoming and during labor they knew exactly what to do. I had a c-section because of my baby’s decreasing heart rate. Midwife George Eckenrode figured out the baby’s heart rate was dropping with every contraction, but George knew exactly what to do. Dr. Satorie was there for the c-section and it was so helpful to have someone there I had a connection with – it made me not feel as nervous. If it wasn’t for Dr. Satorie and George my baby wouldn’t be here.
The anesthesiology team was awesome. I had a previous appointment with Dr. Dave Simons and he gave me all my options. He is very knowledgeable and really did his homework. 8 years ago I had broken my neck and severed my spinal cord so there was added tension, and he was just able to explain to me exactly what was going on, he heard my concerns, and he did his homework to make sure if I did need an epidural, it was safe for me.
Once Tristian was born, I had an awesome team helping me. Kelly Heisey was wonderful. Tristian had a rash and she knew exactly what to do, and she took care of it and made my baby much more comfortable! I want to move Elaine Tobias, the lactation consultant, into my house! If it wasn’t for her I wouldn’t be nursing – she really knows what she is doing!
I also loved the meal planning options . The menu had lots of options to choose from and I could eat when I wanted. As a nursing mother, we get hungry at all different times of the day!
I would tell anyone considering OBGYN of Lancaster and Women’s Place to go there because of the employees – the people that work there are just top of the line and the fact that they are a Level III NICU – that is so important.
We had a fabulous experience and I can’t say enough about it!
I had my first two children, Logan and Luke, at another local hospital. I switched to the Women’s Place of Heart of Lancaster for the birth of my daughter Emily for two reasons. First was location – it was 5 minutes down the road from us. Second, I wanted to deliver somewhere smaller and more intimate. The other hospital was large and, while it had good care, it wasn’t the experience I was hoping for. We didn’t get the attention I wanted. You knew you were in a big place and you wondered how many other patients the same nurse was caring for. With your first baby you want your hand held and I didn’t get that. The second time was the same thing. By the third time I knew what I wanted – a more intimate experience. And I didn’t want to ask for water and have to wait 45 minutes to get it!
Throughout my pregnancy I went to OBGYN of Lancaster and my experience there was great – I really felt cared for. Emily’s heart rate was hard to detect and it was reassuring that the staff was extra cautious to make sure everything was okay. The office staff, midwives and doctors were all wonderful – I really felt at home. I felt like they listened to me and I never felt like they were rushing to get to the next patient.
My delivery was a nice experience – the staff instantly put me at ease. Brandi Hughes was my delivery nurse. She really helped me feel comfortable in different positions. Dr. Melanie Stone delivered Emily and she was wonderful. There isn’t a single person at OBGYN of Lancaster or Women’s Place I don’t like!
My delivery nurse was Linda Lockard and she was great with my boys. She waited for the boys to be there before she bathed Emily - she really made them feel a part of everything.
One of the things I loved most about Women’s Place over where I delivered my boys was that you deliver and stay in the same room the whole time – I loved that. And at Women’s Place they don’t ever take the baby away from you. With the boys they were taken out of room for all the testing. I liked doing everything in the same room with Emily and not having to move around.
I’ve already sent a lot of people to the Women’s Place. If you’re looking for something more intimate where you will get the attention and the care this is the place to go. I also hear the NICU is wonderful but luckily I didn’t have to experience that.
Everyone the Women’s Place from the janitorial staff up to the doctors and nurses were all so kind and accommodating. It was really great, top-notch care.
Jessica Henry's Story
"I'm so thankful to the Women's Place for providing a great level of care."
Early in her pregnancy, Jessica and her husband thought long and hard about where to have a baby. Their first tour of the Women’s Place was a real eye opener. It was the intimate, family setting they were both looking for. Jessica and her husband created a birth plan with input from her mother, who is a Lamaze teacher.
When the big day came, Jessica was ready. She didn’t want to labor in bed so her midwife and nurse helped Jessica move around, getting in and out of the tub, just as she requested. But during the birthing process, things didn’t go according to plan.
The medical team discovered the umbilical cord was wrapped around the baby’s neck, so the neonatologist stepped in immediately. And when Jessica needed extra medical attention, experienced physicians were right there for her and her baby.
Then, finally, her healthy baby boy was placed on her chest – just as she’d planned.
“My plans were modified, based on real-life events,” she said. “I’m so thankful to the Women's Place for providing a great level of care.”
JoAnna Hess's Story
"I was so impressed with all of the staff. They helped my family get through a very scary time."
JoAnna started not feeling well on the fourth of July: two months before her due date. Her baby had to be delivered by c-section and weighed less than five pounds. JoAnna felt helpless and scared seeing her new baby hooked up to monitors and tubes.
However, the nurses were always there to help JoAnna and her family understand what was going on. The lactation specialist was also there to help JoAnna keep a regular pumping schedule and encouraged her no matter how much milk she pumped.
“I was so impressed with all of the staff,” said JoAnna. “They helped my family get through a very scary time.”
During her baby's over one month stay in the NICU, JoAnna developed a strong bond with the nurses. On the days she felt like her baby would never leave the NICU, the staff was there to be that extra encouragement she needed.
Since her delivery, JoAnna and her baby have gone back to the Women's Place several times to visit the nurses who were there for her when she needed them most.
Melissa Erb's Story
"Everything at the Women's Place exceeded my expectations, ten times over."
Melissa works at Heart of Lancaster and had high expectations for giving birth at the Women’s Place. When her day came, Melissa was happy for the compassionate care she received from the nursing staff. Melissa’s nurse coached her on breathing through contractions and massaged her legs in between to avoid cramping.
After 24 hours of labor, Melissa started having complications and it was recommended she have a c-section. Melissa was disappointed and frustrated, but trusted in the medical staff. Her nurse even made arrangements so that she could stay with Melissa the entire time.
“I wasn’t the easiest patient,” said Melissa. “But the nurse understood my feelings and always remained calm and optimistic."
After delivery, Melissa was happy for the “Golden Hour” when she and her husband were able to spend time with their newborn without interruptions. Despite unforeseen complications, Melissa had a wonderful experience giving birth and was grateful for the excellent medical care she received.
“Everything at the Women's Place exceeded my expectations, ten times over.”
Rikki Salzman's Story
"If we would have had this type of experience the first time we would have had way more children!"
When Rikki found out she was pregnant with her second baby, she was excited but also nervous. Her first delivery was at another hospital, and it was a nightmare. She felt she had no control over the process and that everything was on the hospital’s terms.
“We were being bombarded at all hours of the night - we were on the hospital's schedule, not my family's,” said Rikki.
The Women’s Place was totally different for Rikki. The nurses became her family’s best friends, and the baby never left her room. The “Golden Hour” helped her family bond with the new baby, something they missed with Rikki’s first child. Rikki felt her family was always put first and the staff was respectful of her time.
“The Women's Place was the best balance of the personal experience of a home birth and the safety and security of a hospital. If we would have had this type of experience the first time we would have had way more children!”