Family Birth Center
Family Birth Center
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 baby’s birth is a miraculous, joyful occasion. At our Family Birth Center, we celebrate a new life by offering specialized, nurturing care to you and your baby before, during and after birth.
Because every birth is unique, our teams are committed to providing personalized care and support every step of your labor and delivery. Our team of experts include:
- Lactation specialists
- Physical and occupational therapists
- Respiratory therapists
- Social workers
When your big day comes you can count on holistic care from our birth team, which includes doula-trained nurses to support your unique birth experience. You’re welcome to have your own doula by your side, as well.
We believe that women should have access to a variety of options to help them cope with the challenges of labor. To help you manage pain, we offer a range of methods including virtual reality goggles with music or guided imagery through serene settings. We also offer:
- Birthing balls and peanuts
- Shoulder and back massage
- Counter pressure
- Music therapy
- Laughing gas
- Epidural with anesthesia for placement
While you recover from labor, you and your visitors can enjoy a restorative afternoon tea service with snacks. Currently on hold due to COVID.
Fragile and critically ill newborns receive the highest level of care and attention in the UCSF Intensive Care Nursery at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital. Here, your baby will be monitored around-the-clock by specially trained neonatologists, pediatricians and nurses.
Physicians and parents at the Family Birth Center can consult with pediatric cardiologists at the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center through our special partnership with their hospital.
Our Intensive Care Nursery also offers video conferencing so that loved ones from across town – or globe – can see your newborn.
Sometimes breastfeeding can be difficult at first. When that happens, our expert lactation consultants are here to provide support and share helpful tips. After you and your baby go home, we continue to support you by consultations available in Spanish and English. We also offer breastfeeding support groups. To learn more about breastfeeding support, call 707-525-5212.
Lactation services are available to all new mothers who deliver babies at Santa Rosa Memorial. Outpatient lactation services are available to anyone, regardless of where they deliver their baby.
Santa Rosa Memorial follows all the Baby Friendly 10 Steps to Successful Breastfeeding required for Baby Friendly designation. To encourage families to use breast milk instead of formula, all funds that would pay for receiving the Baby Friendly designation are used to purchase human breast milk for newborns at SRMH, upon request by the family.
We’re proud that Santa Rosa Memorial has been recognized by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBCLC) with an IBCLC Award. The IBCLC Award recognizes excellence in lactation support to families.
Providing you and your baby with expert care is our focus, but we also believe in tending to your well-being by offering a range of supportive services, whether you’re in labor or recovering after delivery.
We’re proud to be the first and only hospital in the North Bay to have a facility dog caring for our patients. Jordy is a specially trained three-year-old golden/lab cross who brings healing and motivation to patients of all ages. For moms going through labor, Jordy is a calming presence providing motivation and support at an exciting but challenging time.
Jordy’s handler, Kathy Bellino, a NICU nurse at Santa Rosa Memorial, went through a training program uniquely designed for facility dogs and their handlers. Jordy knows 40 commands that Kathy uses to help calm patients and motivate them to reach care goals.
The Super Sibling program helps new big brothers and sisters feel special and a part of the birth of their sibling. We invite siblings to express their unique role as a “Super Sibling” role model for their new sister or brother.
Encourage your child to be a Super Sibling by wearing a cape and mask in the color of their choice. Pink, blue, green and purple capes are available upon request.
The gentle sounds of a harp can be soothing for patients and their families. Twice a week, a harpist visits our hospital to play for newborns at the Family Birth Center, NICU babies and pediatric patients. Currently on hold due to COVID.
Free pregnancy and parenting app
Circle® is a free pregnancy and parenting app that provides useful health resources and tools, top-notch pregnancy calculator and tools to help track ovulation, weight, blood pressure, and vaccinations. Enjoy easy access to program information, services and classes, too!
From early pregnancy through your child’s toddler and teen years, Circle customizes information based on your family’s needs.