Health & Wellness

During your stay

standing woman holding newborn baby

In our Mother and New baby unit, you’ll stay in a private room with a private bathroom and shower, a flat-screen TV, free Wi-Fi, and a phone. One adult support person may stay with you throughout your hospital stay.

Your nurse will help you get comfortable caring for your newborn, and support you through umbilical cord care, diapering, bathing, swaddling, and breastfeeding. A diaper bag will be given to you as our gift to you and your new baby.



Rooming in

Research shows that babies who stay in the same room as their mothers adjust better, and new moms rest and recover better. We keep your baby with you as much as possible throughout your stay, so you can bond and learn to recognize your baby’s needs.

Hand-washing

As your new baby’s immune system develops, hand-washing is an important way to prevent infection. Protect your newborn by asking visitors to wash their hands before touching your baby. If anyone is sick — even mildly — ask them not to visit until they are feeling better.

Newborn photos

A photographer is available for hire to take photos of your baby, from birth and after you go home. Ask your nurse for more information.

Newborn security

Your baby’s security is important to us. Never leave your baby unattended. If you need to be away from your baby for any reason, let your nurse know so we can make sure your little one is safely cared for.

After your baby is born, you, your baby, and your partner will receive matching wrist bands. A wireless radio frequency band will be placed on your baby’s ankle to make sure he or she remains in the mother-baby unit, which is also equipped with security cameras.

Your baby will stay with you in your room unless there is a medical reason for your newborn to be in the NICU.

All Kaiser Permanente employees wear badges with their name, title, and photograph. Hospital employees with privileges to care for newborns have a pink stripe along the bottom of their badge. Only allow staff with this pink stripe to take your baby from your room for any reason.

If you’re ever uncomfortable with the person who is asking to take your baby from you, use your nurse call button to ask for an additional staff member to confirm the request.

Newborn screenings

All newborns undergo painless cardiac and hearing screening tests. The hearing test is performed by a newborn hearing screening technician and the cardiac test, which looks at your baby’s heart health, will be performed by your nurse. These tests will be done in the mother and baby unit before you go home.

Breastfeeding

Breast milk is nature’s perfect first food, and breastfeeding can enhance the bond between you and your baby. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusive breastfeeding for 6 months and continued breastfeeding through the first year of life.

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Support for successful breastfeeding:

  • The “Breastfeeding with Success” class will help you learn about breastfeeding positions, milk supply, preventing and managing pain, pumping, milk storage, and working while breastfeeding.
  • We encourage skin-to-skin contact, which triggers healthy baby behaviors. It helps your little one stay warm on their own, breathe on their own, and learn to nurse.
  • All of our labor and delivery and mother and new baby nurses are trained breastfeeding specialists. We also have a team of internationally board-certified lactation consultants at our hospitals and outpatient breastfeeding clinics.
  • Breastfeeding Support Line available for questions: 626-851-6013

Lactation consultants

If you need additional support, a lactation consultant will come to help you while you’re in the hospital. Lactation consultants are also available in the clinic after you go home.

Leaving the hospital

After you have your baby, you’ll be seen daily by a midwife or obstetrician who will care for you during recovery and help determine when you’re ready to go home. The length of your hospital stay will depend on a variety of factors.

If you have a vaginal birth, you may be ready to go home when your baby is 1 day old. If you have a cesarean birth, you’ll need to stay 3 days.

A Journey Board in your room lists all the things that need to happen before you are discharged. On the day you leave the hospital, we will try to complete the discharge process in the morning so you can get home early enough to settle you and your baby for your first night at home.

Secure checkout

When you are ready to leave, your support person should bring the car up to the front of the hospital. A staff member will wheel you and your baby downstairs after we complete a secure checkout.

Car seat

California law requires that you take your baby home in a car seat. Our staff are not licensed to assist or direct you with car seat usage or installation, so we encourage you to take our “Infant Safety and CPR” program before your baby is born. We advise you to install your car seat according to manufacturer’s guidelines a few weeks before your baby is due.

Car seat installation resources

Always read and follow the car seat instructions, as well as your vehicle seat belt instructions. You can find guidelines for safe car seat installationExternal Link online. You can also call 1-866-SEAT-CHECK (1-866-732-8243), or go to seatcheck.orgExternal Link to find a seat-inspection location certified by the National Transportation Safety Board.