We empower women by offering a full suite of birthing options, including natural birth in a homelike setting with our new team of midwives. Through a special relationship with CHOC Children’s at Mission Hospital, we are directly connected to CHOC’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) for babies needing specialized care. And a team of newborn intensive care physicians and nurses are available to attend your birth if medically necessary. We are doula-friendly and provide compassionate guidance throughout your entire birthing process.
Midwifery Birthing Suites
Mission Hospital offers suites dedicated to patients who choose to deliver with a midwife. The midwifery birthing suites are located within the Birth Center at Mission Hospital. Mission Hospital is the second hospital in the state of California to offer an in-hospital birth center to its patients. The private midwifery suites have queen size beds, spacious laboring tubs and are staffed by midwives and nurses who have been educated on physiologic birth. The Birth Center at Mission Hospital offers aromatherapy, spa-like amenities including massage, LED candles as well as sound bars in all of the suites.
Surgical Birthing and Recovery Suites
For scheduled cesarean births or if an emergency should arise, we have surgical birthing suites conveniently located on the labor and delivery unit. After the cesarean birth you and your support person will be moved to a comfortable, private recovery suite, which is adjacent to the surgical birthing suites. You will be cared for, closely monitored and have the opportunity to experience skin-to-skin with your newborn. Breastfeeding is encouraged and supported during this special time.
After you have either recovered in your private birthing suite for a vaginal delivery or in the surgical birthing recovery suite you will be welcomed to one of our beautiful and comfortable private mother-baby suites, where you, your newborn and support person will be cared for by our specially trained and highly-skilled mother-baby registered nurses. The majority of our nurses hold advanced degrees and certifications in maternity care. Nursing staff and certified breastfeeding consultants provide one-on-one instruction. We practice 24-hour rooming in for baby whereby your newborn will stay with you and receive his/her care in your room. We encourage the bonding of your family and your newborn, and welcome your support person to stay with you throughout your visit and the participation of siblings and other family members.
A Safe and Comfortable Pregnancy: You Got This
Welcoming a baby into the world is one of life’s greatest experiences—one that should fill your heart with joy. Let us be your partner during the months leading up to your delivery day, ensuring you approach your pregnancy with both happy anticipation and confidence.
Providence’s experts work with you. We dig deep into your preferences and concerns and help you discover the most up-to-date options that are best for your situation. We listen to you and help you make informed choices. It’s a pregnancy journey that addresses your head and heart –and that makes a lot of sense at this special time.
Let’s Plan Together
When you choose an obstetrician-gynecologist (OB-GYN) to be your partner through pregnancy and delivery, we’ll help you create a birth plan that fits your preferences. We respect and honor your plan–understanding that preferences and safety concerns can change throughout your pregnancy and right up to delivery day.
Developing a birth plan is easier with an OB-GYN who listens to you, understands you, and shares in your decision-making. Need help finding an OB to fit your personality and preferences? Take this list of questions with you to your first appointment to help you find an OB-GYN partner who’s right for you.
A Modern Labor and Delivery Approach
When you go into labor, you can expect the same level of supportive, compassionate, and safe care you’ve received throughout your pregnancy. We’ll respect your birth plan, and you’ll be able to choose when and if pain medication will be used. Your labor and delivery experience will be based on your preferences and what is safest for you and your baby at the time of delivery.
Most babies can be born with very little medical help, and that’s good news because when we minimize surgical intervention, we help ensure a safer delivery. We’ll monitor your health and the health of your baby during the labor and birthing process. Unless necessary, we’ll work with you to avoid common interventions like inducing labor or episiotomy to help prevent dangerous complications that can delay healing.
Lower Risk. Higher Confidence: Having a Baby the Providence Way
At the same time, we know every birth is different, as is every new mom. If you choose an epidural for pain relief–even if you change your mind from your birth plan–we will honor your request when it’s safe to do. You are in charge of your birth experience, and that means easing your discomfort.
Did you know that women are three times more likely to experience complications during cesarean delivery? For your safety, our OB-GYNs encourage vaginal birth even if you’ve had a previous C-section, when possible. However, there are times when a cesarean delivery may be medically necessary, and our experts will help ensure both you and your baby are safe and comfortable.
Let’s Start this Journey Together
If you’re ready for an outstanding pregnancy experience, start by choosing an OB-GYN who will be a good fit for you and will prioritize your safety. It’s so important to find someone who listens to you, doesn't pressure you, and gets you–both your head and your heart.
It’s your pregnancy. Let Providence be your partner.
Your Vision, Safely Orchestrated
How you deliver your baby is a highly personal decision. If you are a low-risk mother expecting a normal pregnancy, you may be a good candidate for an age-old option that’s making a modern comeback –midwifery. When you choose delivery at The Birth Center’s Midwifery Suites, you’ll get the hands-on encouragement of a certified nurse-midwife who guides you through a more natural birth. She is there to honor the birth plan you envision in a safe and personalized environment.
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As you probably know, midwives have been around a long time. Our certified nurse-midwives are registered nurses who have undergone extensive training from a nurse-midwifery education program accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME) and have passed a national certification examination.
Your midwife is your advocate during your pregnancy through the delivery of your baby. She is there to care for you and your baby, ensure your birth plan is followed as closely as possible, and help deliver your child in a more natural manner with fewer medications and interventions.
Your Individual Plan in a Safe Setting
What makes The Birth Center unique is that we offer midwifery and natural birth in a home-like setting within the safety of a specialty hospital. That means you can have a home-like birth with immediate access to modern safety measures if they become necessary. We’ll honor your decision to have an unmedicated birth, but if you change your mind or certain circumstances arise, we can provide pain management and other services. Also, if it becomes necessary, emergency interventions such as cesarean birth can be performed immediately by an on-site obstetrician available around-the-clock. And, CHOC Children’s at Mission Hospital is steps away should your baby need special care.
Just Like Home, But Fully Equipped
The Midwifery Suites at The Birth Center offer a safe, home-like environment. You’ll find comfortable, family-friendly suites featuring a queen-size bed, spacious laboring tub, and spa-like amenities such as aromatherapy, massage, LED candles, and a sound bar to help you relax during and after the birth of your child.
Take a look at our Midwife Suites, an age-old concept with today’s amenities.
Should You Call the Midwife?
If you are expecting a low-risk birth, the decision is entirely up to you. Doctors and nurse midwives have the same goals –a healthy mom and baby –but their approach is different. Doctors focus on clinical care. Midwives strive for fewer medical interventions and medications, helping you have a natural birth.
In response to the COVID-19 virus (coronavirus), we have suspended all on ground maternity tours, classes and support groups. We now have a maternity virtual tour available on our Birth Center home page. For the month of May we are offering Microsoft Teams virtual options for the following classes: Prep for Birth, Breastfeeding Basics, and Caring for Baby.
Please visit the class registration page for details and registration.
Please note the following resources for our parents and families:
For information related to our hospital services and environment, please refer to our website. Our perinatal nurse navigator can also be reached at 949-485-8648.For educational information, please refer to the Circle App. You can also visit the App Store or Google Play or search Circle by St. Joseph Health and select Mission Hospital. Download the free app, complete your profile including due date and begin your customized experience. Circle is a free pregnancy and parenting app that provides useful health resources, and tools, as well as information on Mission Hospital services. Additionally, our perinatal educator can be contacted via email.
For information on Maternal Mental Health, please call 949-499-7504 to speak with one of our mental health caregivers.
For information on breastfeeding support, please call 949-365-BABY and select option 3.
When you are expecting there are many decisions to make - the most important being where to deliver your baby. Mission Hospital believes the birth of your baby is one of life’s most cherished miracles and time in your life. We would like to invite you to deliver your baby at Mission Hospital. Where miracles happen every day!
As a Magnet and Certified Baby Friendly Birth Facility we offer comprehensive maternal infant services, round-the-clock support, and a high touch - high tech environment. We are committed to providing you with quality patient care and nursing excellence in a safe, comfortable environment that meets the needs of your entire family. We respect your family’s uniqueness and value you and your family as important members of the healthcare team. We offer a family-centered care environment and encourage the bonding of your family with your newborn and welcome participation of siblings and other family members.
We are committed to making a positive lasting memory, strive to make a difference for those we are privileged to care for, focused on the pursuit of being the most preferred hospital with superior outcomes and adhere to our core set of values that characterize our culture; Dignity, Service, Excellence and Justice.
Specialists are available for every outcome. Should your pregnancy need a higher level of monitoring we have our Perinatal Diagnostic and Treatment Center, as well as an Antepartum wing for expectant women requiring bedrest and extra monitoring. For newborns needing a higher level of care we are proud to have Children’s Hospital at Mission Hospital, a level three neonatal unit.
Registration is easyOption 1
Patients may pre-register by calling 949-364-1400 ext. 2283. Please leave a message and an admitting staff member will contact you.
Patients may attend our Welcome Baby Tour Night and pre-register in person. A second benefit of this option is you will be able to sign the Conditions of Admission, which means your registration is complete.
Please contact our Call Center Staff at 877-459-3627 to register for this program. Call Center hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Where to enter the hospital when you arrive for your delivery
- If you arrive for your delivery between 5 a.m. and 8 p.m., please enter through the main hospital entrance.
- If you arrive for your delivery between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m., please enter through the hospital emergency department.
New families are recognized by their new baby bands, which are applied by the nurse to both the mother’s and support person’s wrist at the time of baby’s birth. This enables the support person to park free of charge during the mom’s stay with us.
To learn more about visiting mom and the new baby, please read our visitor policy.
While in the hospital, you can share your baby’s first photo with your family and friends. Your baby's first few days are precious. Let Mission Hospital help you capture the moment of your child's first days with a portrait taken by Bella Baby Photography.
How it works
Your professional mini photo shoot will take place in the comfort of your hospital room. Friends and family are welcome to stay to view this special rite of passage. Bella Baby's professional photographers will photograph your baby and post photos to an online slideshow on bellababyphotography.com. Online viewing and ordering is available to anyone with whom you choose to share your password. The password protected online slideshow will be available 14 days after the photo shoot. The photographer will review prints, digital images and other items available for purchase.
View your photos
To view your photos, visit bellababyphotography.com and enter the access code provided by your photographer.
Tips for a great photo shoot
- Bring your favorite baby blanket from home for use in the photo shoot. A beautiful blanket can add texture, color and memories to your newborn's photo.
- We love to include parent's hands in our photos. Wear clear or neutral polish on the day of your shoot. We want your baby to be the focus of the photos.
- Bring a solid black, brown or gray shirt to wear in photos. We may photograph your baby in your arms. These colors look great in both color and black and white prints.
Labor & Delivery Suites
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