Health & Wellness

Your delivery day

Sleeping mother and newborn baby in a hospital bed

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 1-888-576-6225 (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 above-ground parking structure on the corner of Vermont Ave. and Normandie Ave. Maternity parking spaces are available on the first level.

You can also park in the loading zone at the Vermont Pavilion entrance. After you get settled into the hospital, your partner or support person will need to move your car to the parking structure.

Go directly to Labor and Delivery, which is located in Vermont Pavilion. You can walk or use one of our stackable wheelchairs located at the entrance.

Enter through the glass doors to the lobby, which are always open.

Take the elevator to the second floor, turn left, and enter the Family-Centered Care waiting room. You will see double doors to the right. Please press the button on the intercom located to the left of the door. When you are greeted, state the reason of your visit, and you will be given instructions on where to proceed next.

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.

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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.

Learn more about creating a birth plan >

Room amenities

Each room in our labor, delivery, and recovery unit includes:

  • TV
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • A pull-out bed for your labor support person
  • A rocking chair

Guests

We are a family-centered care unit and promote open visiting hours for healthy visitors of all ages. Because of the medical attention we need to provide, visitors are encouraged to stop by during the hours of 12 to 1 p.m. and 3 to 8 p.m. “Quiet Time” occurs daily from 1 to 3 p.m., to give the family an uninterrupted rest period to bond, breastfeed, and rest. During Quiet Time, we suggest no visitors from outside or inside the medical center. To protect your baby’s immune system, please ask 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.

Shortly after delivery, we reserve time for parents to bond with their new baby. Called the “Golden Hour,” this uninterrupted time is dedicated to promoting skin-to-skin contact between baby and parents, along with providing assistance with initial breastfeeding experience. We request that all visitors respect this time and wait until this experience is complete before visiting.

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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.

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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 after delivery your baby will be placed skin-to-skin to start the bonding process. This period of time is called the “Golden Hour”. The Golden Hour is a period of time immediately after delivery when parents and baby will remain skin-to-skin uninterrupted until first latch is initiated. Your labor nurse will be at your side to assist you through this process.

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.



Family-centered postpartum unit

After your initial skin-to-skin time, you’ll be moved to our Family-Centered Postpartum Unit.

Learn more about what to expect during your stay >