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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Free pregnancy and parenting app
Circle® is a free pregnancy and parenting app that provides useful health resources, 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. Plus, when you connect to MyChart through Circle, you will receive appointment reminders for you and your children.