Women and Children's Services Unit

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Nationally recognized care
Delivering Care and Comfort


The largest unit of its kind in the region, the Joseph V. and Suzanne P. Paterno Women and Children’s Services Unit welcomes nearly 1,300 babies to our community each year. 

Nationally recognized care

U.S. News & World Health Report named Mount Nittany Medical Center as one of only 10 Pennsylvania hospitals to be ranked as high performing for maternity care in its list of Best Hospitals for Maternity.

Delivering Care and Comfort

Our Women and Children's Services Unit combines state-of-the-art technology and clinical spaces with modern design and family-centered comforts that match Mount Nittany Health’s reputation for clinical excellence.

  • Six private labor and delivery rooms
  • Two triage rooms
  • An advanced technology surgical suite
  • Level I and Level II nurseries
  • Eleven private postpartum rooms
  • Private lactation consultant area
  • Amenities for partners, including sofa sleepers and refreshment area
  • Cozy family waiting areas

Learn more on the Women and Children's Services Unit fact sheet.



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Classes and Tours

Mount Nittany Health is offering Hospital Education, Information, and Resources
(HEIR) and parent classes to expecting families. Classes include a tour of the labor and delivery unit, along with discussions about car seats, breastfeeding, and other relevant topics. Taught by nurses at Mount Nittany Medical Center, each class will conclude with a Q&A session.


  • Third Thursday of each month
  • Breastfeeding class is held directly afterwards
  • Register Here 

Virtual Classes Now Available!

Mount Nittany Health is partnering with Birthly to offer free access to virtual childbirth education classes. The free childbirth classes are offered live and online, taught by certified and experienced childbirth educators. 

Classes include Early Pregnancy Preparations, Prenatal Education Bootcamp (English and Spanish), Coping and Comfort, Breastfeeding 101(English and Spanish), as well as Newborn Care (English and Spanish). 
Find a time that fits your schedule. Each class type is offered multiple times a month and you can connect from the comfort of your own homeFor more information, please call 814-231-7000. 


Pediatric Hospitalist Program

Mount Nittany Health offers the region's only pediatric hospitalist program. Our pediatric hospitalists are specially trained in caring for young patients needing inpatient care. 

Cord Blood Donation Program

Mount Nittany Medical Center offers a cord blood donation program through the Dan Berger Cord Blood ProgramRegister to become a donor.

Visitation Policy

  • While the patient is in Labor and Delivery: Two designated support people (24hrs) are allowed, no switching.
  • After the patient has been moved to PostPartum: One designated support person (24hrs)
    • From 11:30 am - 8:00 pm: Two additional visitors at a time.  No children under the age of 10. Siblings of the baby do not count towards the guest count.