Your pregnancy, our priority
Pregnancy is an exciting, joyful event in your life. The obstetricians at St. Jude Medical Center know just how important every minute of this miraculous time is to you and your growing family. We encourage all of our OB-GYNs to hold maternal safety in the highest regard as they develop a true partnership with you based on respect and a deep understanding of your unique pregnancy and childbirth needs. When you choose an OB-GYN from St. Jude Medical Center, you can be confident you’re beginning a relationship that’s based on trust, shared decision making, and medical excellence. You and your baby are safe in our hands.
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We offer the perfect setting for one of life’s best moments. By combining beautiful, private rooms with today’s newest approaches to helping newborns thrive, we offer mom, dad and baby the ideal surroundings to get to know each other.
While our physicians and nurses can point to a long list of awards and recognition-including recently being named one of the nation's best hospitals in clinical excellence-there is no achievement that makes us more proud than nurturing and safeguarding the health of each baby born at St. Jude. Designated as baby friendly,” joining the five percent of hospitals nationwide who hold this designation, St. Jude specializes in bringing happy, healthy (and rambunctious) children into the world.
During this exciting time there is a lot to learn, we recommend reading through our Preparing for Childbirth Guide. The guide has all the details you might need to make your pregnancy and childbirth a healthy and joyous event at St. Jude.
Forever committed to the health and wellbeing of mothers and children, our Level III NICU offers round-the-clock, state-of-the-art care to critically ill newborns. A high-risk infant born in a hospital with a Level III NICU has a significantly higher chance of survival than an infant born at a hospital without a NICU.
Thanks to the devoted care of our team, most of the babies born at St. Jude Medical Center never require the help of our Level III NICU. But their parents have the confidence and peace of mind that comes from knowing that today's most advanced care is available if needed.
Only immediate family members are allowed in the NICU. Please contact the NICU for more information at 714-626-8522.
Suggested visitation hours are from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 4 - 8 p.m. Every day from 1 - 4 p.m., we have “Cuddle Time”, which is a special time to bond with your baby and rest. During this time, we try to prevent any unnecessary interruptions to help you and baby get to know each other.
Contacting your nurse
Please call her pocket phone, the extension is on the whiteboard in your room.
Keeping baby safe
Anyone who comes to pick up your baby must have a name badge with a pink band. Your baby’s bands should be checked against your bands when the baby is brought back to you. If the HUGS tag or identification band comes off, alert your nurse immediately. Your baby must be with a banded adult or staff member at all times.
Important to remember
Always place your baby on his/her back to sleep.
Rooms are designed to allow your spouse or other adult to comfortably stay overnight with you, but please choose just one guest.
Breakfast is available 7 - 9:30 a.m. and lunch/dinner is available 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Meal orders can be placed anytime from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. by calling exts. 6777 or 6780. If you get a recording, please leave your order after the beep. For spouses and visitors, the cafeteria is on the 1st floor of the Northwest Tower and is open daily from 6:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. - 12 a.m.
Service is available daily until 3 p.m. Ask your nurse if you need housekeeping after-hours.
The Newborn Channel is 31.1 (English) and 33.1 (Spanish).
Taking walks with baby
When walking in the hallway, keep your baby in his or her bassinet and make sure the bassinette is flat, not inclined. It’s also a good idea to keep a bulb syringe in your baby’s bassinette and be familiar with how to use it.
Discharge is typically at 11 a.m. and you can be picked up at the Val Mesa Entrance, which is located on the south side of the medical center, next to the tennis center.
When your physician decides you are ready to leave the hospital, a discharge order will be written. You should make arrangements in advance with a family member or friend to help you when it is time to go home.
Your physician and nurse will give you instructions about post-hospital care. If you have questions, please be sure to ask. If there is someone who will be caring for you after discharge, it is a good idea to have this person present. An electronic copy of your discharge information is available by request.
Designed to educate new and experienced parents alike, St. Jude Medical Center offers a full spectrum of classes to help support parents in caring for their child. Topics include:
- Preparation for childbirth
- Newborn baby care
- Grandparents classes
- Sibling classes
- Maternity tours
Pregnancy is filled with decisions, from choosing a name to choosing paint colors for the baby's room, but no decision is more important than choosing the right pediatrician. Fortunately, we make it easy by offering Orange County's most popular and respected pediatricians.
For a list of our pediatricians, along with information about their education, training and location, search our provider directory. For more help in selecting the right doctor for your family, call us at 877-459-3627 (DOCS).