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Perinatal Program

Perinatal Program

Perinatal baby's foot in incubator.


The Perinatal Program at Penn State Children’s Hospital offers support and guidance to families, while providing the best care for mothers and babies when unexpected complications arise during pregnancy and after delivery. Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center is a regional perinatal program providing the most advanced care for mothers and babies.

A personal touch

The perinatal program coordinator (PPC) personally guides expectant moms and their partners through the process of meeting with the specialists who care for both mother and baby through pregnancy, delivery and after delivery.

Consultations with specialists are arranged to meet the parents’ needs and schedules. The PPC will be available to attend appointments with the expectant mom if she prefers.

Our team prides itself in its friendly and caring environment focused on the needs of the family. We offer a family and patient-centered care experience: the care of you and your baby is a collaborative effort involving you, your family and the health care team.

Caring for the tiniest patients

Our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is the only Level IV NICU in south central Pennsylvania offering the most advanced care for the youngest of babies.

The Children’s Hospital offers the only pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) in the region. All PICU patient rooms in the Children’s Hospital are private and designed to comfortably accommodate the family, as well as allow staff to monitor patients.

Caring for mothers

The Penn State Obstetrics team cares for all mothers, high-risk and low-risk, throughout pregnancy, delivery and postpartum. Penn State Maternal and Fetal Medicine specialists work with mothers, families and pediatric specialists to develop a delivery plan for each family to ensure the best outcome for both mothers and babies.

Where to stay

The Ronald McDonald House is conveniently located across the street from the Milton S. Hershey campus and provides a home-like environment for families. There is absolutely no cost to use these services while your child is admitted to the Children’s Hospital, but donations are greatly appreciated; rooms are available on a first come, first served basis. For more information, call 717-533-4001. The PPC can also help in making lodging arrangements.

Follow-up care

There are numerous Penn State Health outpatient offices throughout central Pennsylvania, offering follow-up care closer to your own community following discharge.


Penn State Children’s Hospital offers a wide variety of pediatric specialists who care for newborns diagnosed with conditions that may require surgical care during infancy. The goal is to provide patient-centered, individualized, and efficient access to surgical specialists, as well as other health care providers.

One phone call connects regional providers with the perinatal program coordinator who can facilitate all of the necessary consultations and tests for new moms. In addition to a full complement of pediatric surgical specialties, a wide range of medical specialists are also available.

The optimal site for delivery of the infant is guided by the anticipated needs of the mother and newborn, with a preference of delivery near home whenever possible. Should delivery be planned at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, a consultation with the Penn State Maternal and Fetal Medicine program is provided. Likewise, if transfer to the neonatal intensive care unit is anticipated, a consultation with a neonatologist is offered. Any additional support services that may be needed are also coordinated.


Please contact our Perinatal Program Coordinator at 717-531-1361.

Pediatric Specialties - Patient Care and Treatment

Penn State Children's Hospital offers a wide variety of pediatric specialists who care for newborns diagnosed with conditions that may require care during infancy:

Contact us

Perinatal Program Coordinator
Tel: 717-533-1361
Fax: 717-531-0824

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