Your delivery day
No two women experience labor and delivery in quite the same way, but the more you know about what to expect, the more you can focus on what really matters — the joy of meeting your new baby for the very first time. We want to help you prepare for your delivery day, eliminate any surprises, and help you have a safe and positive experience.
Call our maternity nurses at 559-448-5300 (available 24 hours a day) before coming to the hospital in labor, or any time you think you need to be evaluated in the hospital.
Park in the Birthing center parking lot, just to the right of the main entrance. There are reserved “women in labor” parking stalls near the entrance.
Go directly to Labor and delivery. You can walk or use one of our wheelchairs located at the hospital entrance. The Birthing center is located on the first floor, just to the right after you enter the hospital.
When you arrive at the hospital, one of our unit assistants will check you in and take you to a triage room to be assessed. If you need an interpreter, let a nurse know. If you’re ready for labor, a nurse will escort you to a private labor and delivery room.
Your childbirth preferences plan
Your health and the safety of your baby are always our top priorities. Creating a birth plan is a great way to let your care team know your wishes. It’s not a contract, and you can change your plan at any time. If you haven’t made your birth plan yet, make it now and share it with us at your next appointment.
Each room in our labor, delivery, and recovery unit includes a:
- Pull-out bed for your labor support person
- Rocking chair
- Private bathroom and shower
When you’re in labor, you can have up to three adult guests with you in the room, including your significant other or labor support person.
For cesarean section deliveries, only your significant other or labor support person is permitted in the operating room pending physician consent. While you are in recovery, only your significant other or labor support person is allowed to visit.
Photos and videos
You’re welcome to photograph or video this memorable occasion but please keep the following in mind:
- Photos and videos are allowed only after the baby is born, not during the labor process or during a patient care procedure.
- Floor-mounted tripods or electrical cords are not permitted because they’re a tripping hazard.
- Physicians and staff involved in the birthing process must give their approval in advance to be included in photos and videos.
When you have your baby at Kaiser Permanente, you may be surprised by how many people are there to support you — before, during, and after your delivery. We’ll all work together to help give you the happiest, healthiest birth day possible.
First few hours after delivery
Our labor, delivery, and recovery rooms are where you and your newborn will spend your first hours together. When your baby is born, your delivery team will come in to make sure he or she is thriving outside the womb. As long as you and your baby are doing well, you’ll stay together for the rest of your time in the hospital.
Little ones who need special care are observed in our Intermediate Care Nursery. If this happens, we’ll talk to you about why your baby needs extra care and make sure you know what to expect.
To celebrate your baby’s birth, a lullaby will play throughout the hospital announcing your baby’s arrival.
Family-centered postpartum unit
After your initial skin-to-skin time, you’ll be moved to our Family-centered postpartum unit.