Childbirth Services at St. Francis Medical Center: Why Choose Us?
Learning that you are expecting a baby is a joyous time. Our comprehensive obstetrics program, located close to home in southeast Los Angeles County, is here to meet your every need. At St. Francis, our obstetrics specialists offer complete obstetrical care for expectant and new mothers. In fact, we deliver more than 5,000 babies every year, ensuring that you and your family receive the expert care you need when welcoming a new baby into your home.
We provide obstetric services in our newly renovated Family Life Center. Our new space offers a modern, soothing atmosphere with special amenities, including upgraded patient rooms and hallways, to help you feel relaxed and welcome throughout your stay. Learn more about our Family Life Center.
Highlights of our program include:
- Round-the-clock care for labor and delivery: Our obstetricians, anesthesiologists and specialized nurses are available 24/7 to care for you and your baby. Even if you go into labor in the middle of the night, we are here to provide you with superior care.
- Comfortable, private labor, delivery, recovery rooms (LDRs): We are one of few hospitals in the community that offers all private LDRs to provide a personalized experience for you, your baby and your partner. Our private rooms allow your family to have privacy throughout your entire stay, giving you the chance to rest more comfortably and to bond with your newborn. Being near you is a source of comfort to your baby and can help him or her settle into a steady routine of feeding and sleeping.
- Comprehensive breast-feeding support: Our commitment to providing expert breast-feeding (lactation) support to new mothers and infants has earned us a designation as a baby-friendly center from Baby-Friendly USA. Our International Board Certified Lactation Consultants and International Board Certified Lactation Educators listen to your concerns about breast-feeding and help you decide what’s best for your family. Whether you breast-feed or bottle-feed, we give you information, encouragement and support to help you meet your baby’s nutritional needs.
- Expertise in high-risk pregnancy: If you have complications in your pregnancy, our obstetricians provide individualized services you and your baby need. Our obstetricians, nurses and NICU (neonatal intensive care unit) specialists are here to provide you and your baby with attentive, expert care throughout your childbirth experience and postpartum period. Learn more about high-risk pregnancy and our Level III NICU.
- Quiet time: Members of your extended family and friends are welcome to visit you and your new baby except during quiet time (2 p.m. – 4 p.m.). Quiet time is a relaxing and peaceful time for you to take a nap or breastfeed. During quiet time, we dim the lights on the maternity ward and try to limit any visitors or disruptions, including from the hospital staff. Your partner is, of course, welcome to stay.
- Access to care, regardless of ability to pay: All moms-to-be are welcome at St. Francis. You will receive compassionate and personalized obstetric care and support services for your baby even if you don’t have insurance. We can help you find out if you’re eligible for government-funded insurance programs, such as Medi-Cal and CalFresh, or community resources designed to help ease your transition to motherhood. Read more about our Health Benefits Resource Center.
Labor and Delivery: What to Expect
When you come to St. Francis for prenatal, childbirth and postpartum care, our goal is to ease any anxiety you’re feeling so you can focus on your taking care of yourself and your baby’s needs. We offer:
- Prenatal class referrals: Prenatal classes help you and your partner learn more about childbirth. We can refer you to classes that cover a broad range of topics, such as the signs of labor and ways to stay comfortable during childbirth. Call us at 310.900.4710 to learn more or for a referral to an upcoming class.
- Maternity tours: Touring the Family Life Center gives you and your partner an opportunity to see where you will be having your baby. We also give you important tips, such as learning how to preregister, so your arrival at the hospital when you are in labor is smooth and stress-free. Learn more about first steps. To schedule a tour, call us at 310.900.5002.
- Immediate help when you are in labor: If you think you are in labor, come directly to the Family Life Center. In our specialized triage area, we will immediately examine you and move you to a patient room, if you are in labor. Find out more about arriving to deliver your baby.
- Bonding with your baby: After having your baby, we help you and your little one start bonding right away. Bonding includes activities such as skin-to-skin contact, breastfeeding, and looking at and talking to your baby. These activities ease your baby’s transition to living outside of the womb. If you are nervous or unsure of what to do, our nurses are always available to help you and answer your questions.
- Recovering in a private room: Our private rooms allow your family to have privacy throughout your entire stay. A few hours after giving birth, we move you to a private room on our maternity ward. Here, you and your partner stay with your baby until it is time to go home. During this time, we deliver all the care and support you and your baby need, including a pediatric exam for your baby, from the comfort of your room. Find out more about giving birth.
- Preparing you to go home: Before going home, our nurses provide you with the information you need to take care of your baby. We help you learn about follow-up care for your baby and who to call if you have questions. Find out more about going home.
- Ongoing postpartum support: If you live in Los Angeles County and deliver your baby at St. Francis, you may be eligible to receive free, one-on-one help from a parent coach during your baby’s first 9 months through our Welcome Baby program. Parent coaches visit you at home and provide personalized support that may include:
- Providing help with breast-feeding
- Staying up-to-date with your baby’s well visits
- Ensuring a safe environment for your baby
Contact us at 310.900.7380 to learn more about the childbirth services we offer or to make an appointment.
If you think you are in labor, you can contact the Family Life Center directly at 310.900.2050. You can also come directly to the Family Life Center any time of the day or night. If you arrive after 8 p.m., ring the doorbell located next to the double doors on the right so we can let you in and begin the care you need.
The Family Life Center
St. Francis Medical Center
3630 East Imperial Highway
Lynwood, CA 90262