Your pregnancy, our priority
Pregnancy is an exciting, joyful event in your life. The obstetricians at Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance 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 Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance, 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. Get started by using our online birth preference builder to create your birth plan.
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The centerpieces of our department are our comprehensive maternity suites, which provide a comfortable home-like environment for expectant mothers. These rooms are equipped with private bathrooms with showers and a birthing bed that is comfortable for the mother during labor and can be quickly converted for delivery.
Each suite has space for the father or significant other to stay, as well as room for other family members who wish to participate in the birthing experience. To facilitate mother/baby bonding, each birthing suite has room for a bassinet, so babies can remain with their mothers throughout their stay at the hospital.
In addition, our commitment to infant security will add peace of mind for the new parents and family. One component of our comprehensive infant security system includes identification bracelets for the baby, mom, and the baby's father or support person.
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We understand that even more questions come once your baby arrives, which is why our care doesn’t end once you’ve given birth. As a Baby-Friendly Hospital, our experienced neonatologists and special trained nursing staff provide 24-hour postpartum care and support. These services include:
- Breastfeeding education
- Skin-to-skin contact assistance
- Bottle feeding facilitation
- Nurturing baby baths
- Family-focused Assistance Programs
- Transitional/observational newborn nursery
An official Baby-Friendly Hospital, Providence Little Company of Mary Torrance offers top quality maternity care during pregnancy, labor, childbirth, and through a mother’s postpartum period.
Whether you’re a new or experienced parent, our maternal caregivers create a caring and open environment designed to help you find joy and relieve some of the anxiety of your pregnancy. We welcome collaboration and create a personalized birth plan to fit every mother’s needs.
Our multidisciplinary team of obstetric professionals and specialists work to make pregnancy and birth a healthy and joyous event. Focused on growing the bond between parent and child, our core team includes:
- Board-Certified Obstetricians
- Obstetric Care Coordinators
- Board-Certified Laborists
- International Board-Certified Lactation Consultants
- Certified Registered Nurses
- Certified Lactation Educators
- Maternal-fetal medicine specialists
To ensure patient safety, we’ve instituted a laborist program in our department. A laborist is a board-certified OB-GYN who is in the hospital 24/7 to provide exclusive care to patients. They are able to perform vaginal deliveries or cesarean sections and address any pregnancy complications, including hemorrhages, preeclampsia and infections.
Maternity classes and tours are temporarily canceled
We are committed to the health and well-being of our patients, caregivers and community. In light of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) public health emergency, we are taking extra precautions to keep everyone safe including the temporary cancellation of maternity classes and tours.
Birth preference builder
Use our online birth preference builder to create your birth plan.
Preparation for childbirth
This 12-hour series covers all aspects of the childbearing period for the woman and her coach.
- Anatomy and physiology of pregnancy, labor and delivery
- Comfort measures for pregnancy and labor
- Specific relaxation techniques
- Breathing patterns for use during labor
- Effective pushing methods for delivery
- Discussion of hospital procedures
- Cesarean childbirth
- Postpartum adjustment
Because of the popularity of the classes, women are encouraged to register early for a series that will begin in the seventh month of pregnancy and end three weeks before delivery.
Baby care basics
This class is designed to acquaint the parent-to-be with skills necessary for new baby care. New parents are taught development of the baby, layettes, nutrition, bathing, feeding and safety. Films are included as well as discussion of helpful hints on living with the new baby.
A one-session class for the pregnant and early postpartum woman with information and techniques for breastfeeding. Fathers are encouraged to attend.
Even after mother and baby have recovered and are safely at home, Providence Little Company of Mary is still here to offer assistance. Our physicians, nurses and community health educators focus on the needs of these special patients, and deliver the quality and compassionate care that we are known for.
- Mother/Baby Homecare Follow-up Program
- Lactation educators and lactation support
- Infant/Child health education classes
- Pediatric Call Service
To register for a class or learn more, please call our Health Resource Center at 888-HEALING (432-5464) or visit the events and classes page.
How Do I Enroll My Child in My Health Insurance?
Within 30 days after your baby’s birth, you will be required to separately enroll your baby in an insurance plan.
Most insurance plans that offer maternity benefits will include well-baby care under the mother’s plan for the first 30 days following birth. We recommend you contact your insurance provider directly to find out what the regulations are on health insurance coverage for your baby. The Human Resources department at your workplace may also be able to assist you with this information.
It is your responsibility to notify the Admitting staff at Providence of any and all insurance plans you may have for yourself and your baby.
It is also very important to notify Admitting of any changes in your insurance plans. The hospital has specific deadlines for notifying insurance providers about your admission as well as notifying them on the birth of your baby. If we do not have correct and complete information, your insurance may not cover the services provided and you may be responsible for any incurred charges.
What to Bring?
While making plans to deliver your baby at Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance, we suggest you pack a suitcase by the beginning of your ninth month, and have it ready with all of the items you will need during your stay, including:
- Nursing bras
- Robe and slippers
- Toiletries and cosmetics
- Change of clothes to wear (5-month pregnancy size)
For dad or support person (if staying overnight)
- Pajamas or robe
- Change of clothes
- Large blanket or shawl (depending on weather)
- Receiving blanket
- Going-home outfit
- Rear-facing infant car seat (installed in your car's back seat)
A certified copy of your child's birth certificate will be available to you three months after the birth of your child by contacting the County Hall of Records. For more information, please visit the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health website.
- South Bay Breastfeeding Support and Education Center
310-871-9876 (OK to text)
- The Mother Nurture Network
Support groups, private visits, pump rentals
- Medical Arts Pharmacy
Medela breast pump rentals and supplies
- Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center San Pedro Spanish Breastfeeding Support Group
Alicia Hernandez, CLE
- Private home visits by lactation RN’s
Vicki Goldbach, RN, IBCLC: 310-874-2438
Patty Elder, RN, IBCLC: 310-619-6083
Luanne Rosevear, RN, IBCLC: 310-779-7943
Post-partum breastfeeding support and breast pumps for NICU Mothers
- Soul Food for Your Baby (SFYB)
A community program that empowers African American families to breastfeed with their heart, body, and soul. Breastfeeding classes and support groups.
Location: Great Beginnings for Black Babies, 301 N. Prairie Ave. Suite 515, Inglewood, CA.
- Long Beach Memorial Miller Children’s Hospital
Lactation clinic on MWF, call for appointment
562-933-8081 or 562-933-2779
- The Pump Station & Nurtury
Serving parents with lactation consultations, prenatal and postnatal classes, and carefully selected baby care and breastfeeding products.
Service hours: Monday – Friday 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM.
Corky Harvey, MS, RN, IBCLC
Wendy Haldeman, MN, RN, IBCLC
Address: 2415 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90403
- Breastfeeding Resource Directory
Greater Los Angeles and surrounding area resources
- La Leche League
All breastfeeding mothers and mothers-to-be interested in breastfeeding are welcome to come to meetings or call one of our leaders for breastfeeding help or information. Babies are always welcome.
- Redondo Beach Group, morning
Beach Cities Health District, 514 N. Prospect Ave., Redondo Beach
2nd Friday 10:00 a.m.
- Redondo Beach Group, evening
Beach Cities Health District 514 N. Prospect Ave., Redondo Beach
3rd Monday 7:00 p.m.
- Palos Verdes Group St. Francis Episcopal Church
2200 Via Rosa, Palos Verdes Estates
1st. Thursday 10:00 a.m.
Milky Way Japanese Group
Torrance Memorial Medical Center
3rd Saturday at 10a.m.
- South Bay Breastfeeding Support and Education Center
Providence is committed to helping women experiencing emotional, social, and psychological challenges during and after pregnancy. Our focus is prevention and early intervention.
If you or a loved one is struggling with maternal depression, anxiety, family conflicts, or other stressors—or if you would like help connecting with mental health or social services resources—please call our toll-free Maternal Wellness WarmLine to speak to a licensed mental health professional:
*WarmLine is open 9am-5pm Monday-Friday and is NOT text-capable
If you are in crisis or if this is an emergency, please call 911
Please be advised that the Maternal Wellness WarmLine is not a crisis line nor does it handle emergencies. People in crisis should call 911 or the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.