Health & Wellness

Your care team 

team of 4 medical professionals

At Kaiser Permanente, your labor and delivery care team may include:

  •  Certified nurse-midwives
  • Obstetrics-gynecology physicians
  • Direct consultation with maternal-fetal medicine specialists at Santa Clara Hospital
  • Pediatricians with daily consultation with Santa Clara Hospital neonatologists
  • Anesthesiologists

At the hospital

Our obstetrical team is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at the hospital — whenever you arrive in labor, we’ll be ready.

When you’re a Kaiser Permanente member, your prenatal care team, primary care doctor, and labor and delivery team are all connected through your electronic health record. The physician on call when you’re in the hospital may not be the same one you saw during your prenatal visits, but they will have the same knowledge, expertise, and experience. Kaiser Permanente delivered more than 105,632 babies in 2016, so you can rest assured that you and your new baby are in very good hands.

Midwifery
In addition to the traditional ob-gyn care model, you’ll have the option to get care from a team that includes certified nurse-midwives and ob-gyn physicians working together.

The midwife philosophy takes a holistic approach, recognizing that conception, pregnancy, and birth are part of a natural cycle. Ob-gyn physicians specialize in all aspects of women’s health and medical care, and are highly trained in caring for women before, during, and after childbirth. We’re proud to be part of a national movement toward this new collaborative care model, where new moms and new babies can benefit from the knowledge and expertise of two types of medical professionals.

Care team members
Depending on your preferences and needs, you may receive care from a physician, a nurse practitioner, or a certified nurse-midwife during your pregnancy. If you or your baby need special care, we’ll refer you to one of our high-risk specialists.



An ob-gyn is a physician specializing in obstetrics and gynecology. Obstetrics focuses on pregnancy and childbirth, and gynecology is the general care of the female reproductive system.
These are registered nurses with advanced training who have taken certification exams in midwifery. Our midwives perform the majority of our uncomplicated births, in addition to providing prenatal care.
These ob-gyn physicians have advanced training in caring for high-risk mothers and babies. These specialists provide care and guidance for women who have health complications or complications during pregnancy. The ob-gyn physicians at San Jose consult with the maternal-fetal medicine specialist at Santa Clara hospital and transfer care to the appropriate level as needed: The San Jose OB team is experienced in stabilizing a mother with high-risk complications to safely transfer.
These physicians specialize in caring for newborns, children, and adolescents. A pediatrician will see your new baby before you are discharged from the hospital. After that, you’ll choose a pediatrician or family doctor to care for your baby.
These physicians are pediatricians with advanced training to care for babies who need specialized care. Newborns who are premature, have birth defects, or have other high-risk situations are cared for by neonatologists. The San Jose pediatricians have trained and worked with the neonatologists at Santa Clara Kaiser so they can safely stabilize and transfer an infant who needs specialty care to Santa Clara Hospital. The pediatricians, registered nurses, and respiratory therapists at San Jose have completed training for a Bridge Program for the best practice of stabilizing premature infants for transfer to neonatal intensive care.
These physicians are responsible for epidurals, spinals, and general anesthesia during childbirth.
Labor and delivery nurses care for women from the time they’re admitted to the hospital, throughout childbirth, and through the first few hours of your newborn’s life.
These registered nurses will care for you and your baby in the postpartum unit, also known as the Mother Baby Postpartum Unit. They specialize in caring for newborns and new moms, and can help you and your baby get started with breastfeeding.
An internationally board-certified lactation consultant specializes in breastfeeding. They help new moms who are having difficulties with breastfeeding for various reasons; including pain, latch problems, concerns about milk supply, a premature newborn, or history of breast surgeries. A lactation consultant will be available to help you in the hospital and after you have been discharged from the hospital.
A licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) is trained to help families during times of challenge and change. Some parents need additional help finding out about helpful resources. Our LCSWs see all of our teen moms, and mothers of premature infants. There are many other situations when a social worker can help. If at any time you feel you need to see a social worker, let your nurse or doctor know.

Choosing your baby's doctor

We encourage you to select a personal pediatrician or family medicine physician for your new baby before he or she arrives. Helping your little one grow up healthy is an important job, so make time to choose a doctor your really like.

During your third trimester, we’ll talk with you about setting up a parent pediatric appointment and help guide you to available physicians. You don’t need a referral, and there’s no copayment or cost for this visit.