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 delivery advice nurse at 1-800-954-8000 (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.
- When you think it is time for your baby to arrive, come to the Hospital Main Entrance located at 4867 Sunset Blvd.
- After you pull into the main driveway, park in the loading area. A staff member will assist you by helping mom into a wheelchair and valet parking your car in the 1549 Edgemont Street Parking Structure.
- Push the button on the back of the Stork Service sign to get assistance when a staff member is not on site.
- Both of you will be taken up to Labor and Delivery on the fourth floor of the Hospital.
- You will be given a ticket to pick up your keys.
- Your keys and parking entrance ticket will be at the desk in the main lobby of the hospital when you are ready to pick up your car.
When you arrive at the hospital, you and your partner will be escorted to the Medical Screening Area (MSA) in Labor and Delivery to be evaluated. You are welcome to have one guest to support you here.
When active labor is confirmed, a nurse will welcome you to your private Labor/ Delivery/ Recovery/ Postpartum Suite.
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, recovery, and postpartum unit includes:
- A TV
- Free Wi-Fi
- A pull-out bed for your labor support person
- A rocking chair
You can also find a quiet moment in our fourth-floor healing garden.
At LAMC we tailor your care to meet your unique needs. For an optimal birth and recovery experience, you may consider having up to 4 guests with you in the room, including your partner or labor support person. Children under 12 are limited to your new baby’s siblings and must be accompanied by an adult whose only task is their care. Make sure your visitors (adults or children) have no signs of illness — runny noses, fevers, etc. We recommend those who are sick stay home.
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 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. It is very helpful to have someone with you during your labor. The comfort, strength, and support you feel with someone helping is of great benefit. We also recommend scheduling periods of rest to aid you in your recovery.
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.
Immediately following the birth of your baby, you have at least an hour of uninterrupted skin-to-skin contact, at which time you are encouraged to recognize when your baby is ready to breastfeed. Skin-to-skin contact will be continued in the postpartum period as well. It promotes bonding and stimulates milk production.
Little ones who need special care are observed in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). As a Level IIIc referral center for high-risk obstetrics, we’re ready to respond to the highest level of obstetrical and neonatal care needed by our members. 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.
After your initial skin-to-skin time, and once you are stable, you and your baby will be moved to our Postpartum Unit for the remainder of your stay with us. The Postpartum Unit offers a cozy and intimate care setting to promote bonding. Nursing and lactation assistance is available by a member of our care team who is expertly trained to offer breastfeeding support.