Labor and Delivery
St. Joseph Hospital's labor, delivery and recovery suites are located
on the second floor of the hospital. We believe that your child's
birth is an event to be cherished for a lifetime, and our tradition of
excellence is the reason we have the privilege of welcoming more than
5,000 newborns annually. Each birth is unique, based on the growing family's
special needs and desires. For all of our growing families, we pledge
to provide a safe and nurturing birth experience. Our family-centered
approach to care will help you and your loved ones celebrate this new
addition to your family with comfort and confidence. We understand the
importance of offering personalized care, which is why our health care
team is committed to delivering quality care and strives to accommodate
the needs of the patient and family.
Our patients range from those with uncomplicated deliveries to those who
are experiencing high-risk pregnancies and have special needs. Our care
supports practices that keep mother and baby together after cesarean section
Perinatal High-Risk Center
We are well known as a perinatal high-risk center, and receive referrals
from physicians throughout Southern California. Every parent hopes to
have an uneventful delivery and a healthy baby. And, chances are you will!
However, if special care is required for your newborn, the neonatal experts
and NICU at
CHOC Children's are just footsteps away. Team members from both St. Joseph Hospital and
CHOC work collaboratively to meet your needs - from pregnancy management,
through labor and delivery and newborn care.
The Golden Hour
The first hour of life is a special time for family bonding. We call this
first hour the
Golden Hour because it enhances the bonding experience and the baby’s growth
and development. Our nurses fully support and encourage this time for
families and ask that all visitors remain in the main lobby during this
Immediately after the baby is born, he/she is dried off and placed skin-to-skin
on mom's bare chest. As long as the baby is healthy, he will remain
undisturbed until he breastfeeds for the first time. A blanket will provide
warmth and comfort to both mom and baby. Mom provides the perfect heat
for baby, and the rise and fall of her chest regulates the baby’s
heart rate and breathing. Routine procedures, such as bathing and weighing,
will be delayed for the first hour. Any necessary procedures can be done
with baby on mom's chest during skin-to-skin time.
Click here for more information on skin-to-skin positioning.
OB Hospitalist Program
St. Joseph Hospital instituted a Laborist Program to enhance the safety
of women and children entrusted to our care. St. Joseph Hospital laborists
are board-certified obstetricians who remain on the unit solely to care
for labor and delivery patients. Laborists are available 24 hours to examine
you, evaluate the progress of your labor, detect and respond to laboratory
abnormalities, answer your questions and provide a safe delivery.
St. Joseph Hospital laborists respect each family's birth plan and
collaborate with your personal obstetrician, who remains in charge of
your care. The laborist, upon request from your personal physician, is
able to manage your labor until he/she arrives, or in the event that your
doctor is unable to make it in time for your delivery. And, women have
the option of trial of labor after cesarean section (TOLAC), safely performed
with the support of a laborist.
Emergencies can occur and when they do, time is precious. The laborist
is already on hand, ready to provide lifesaving intervention. Because
of this added level of safety and service, the St. Joseph Hospital Laborist
Program receives high praise from patients, families, obstetricians and
Cord Blood Banking
Cord blood has the ability to save lives. Cord blood is the blood that
remains in the umbilical cord and placenta after the birth of your baby.
The cord blood contains stem cells that can be collected and stored for
future medical therapies.
St. Joseph Hospital has a relationship with
CHOC Children's Cord Blood Bank.
We also support the parents' decision to use another Cord Blood Bank.
If using another provider, please talk to your obstetrician regarding
the necessary collection of cord blood prior to delivery.