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 and help you have a safe and positive experience.
Call our labor and delivery advice nurse at 626-851-7350 (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.
We encourage you to call the Labor and delivery department at 626-851-7350 prior to your arrival.
Park in the patient/visitor parking structure. Maternity parking spaces are available on the first level.
Go directly to Labor & delivery. You can walk or use one of our stackable wheelchairs located at the hospital/emergency entrance.
After 10 p.m., enter through the Emergency entrance. Take Elevator A to the third floor, turn right, and follow the signs to Labor and delivery department.
To enter Labor and delivery, press the doorbell and announce your arrival.
When you arrive at the hospital, your labor pattern and baby will be monitored in a private labor observation room in the Labor and delivery department.
You are welcome to have one guest to support you here. When active labor is confirmed, you will be moved down the hall to your private labor room.
Your childbirth preferences and 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 is 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 42-inch flat-screen television
- Educational and entertainment options through our Interactive GetWellNetwork
- Free Wi-Fi
- A comfortable sleeping option for your labor support person
When you’re in labor, you can have up to 3 guests with you in the room, including your partner or labor support person. Visitors must be 18 and older. We promote family bonding so siblings are welcome to visit when accompanied by an adult whose only task is their care.
You’re welcome to photograph this memorable occasion! Please keep the following in mind:
- Handheld still photography is welcome.
- Handheld videotaping is allowed after the baby is born.
- Floor-mounted tripods are not permitted because they’re a tripping hazard.
When you arrive to the mother and new baby unit, you will be asked to push a button to play a lullaby throughout the hospital announcing the birth of your baby.
When you have your baby at Kaiser Permanente, you may be surprised at 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 the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). A neonatologist — a pediatrician trained especially in newborn care — will come to your room and determine if your baby needs care in our NICU. If this happens, we’ll talk to you about why your baby needs extra care, and make sure you know where your baby will be and what to expect.
Mother and New baby unit
After your initial skin-to-skin time, you’ll be moved to our Mother and New baby unit.
Learn more about what to expect during your stay >