Providence Saint John's Health Center
Providence Saint John's Health Center
Your pregnancy, our priority
Pregnancy is an exciting, joyful event in your life. The obstetricians at Providence Saint John’s Health 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 Providence Saint John’s Health 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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For over 75 years, Providence Saint John’s has been a trusted source for compassionate and thoughtful maternity care. Our McAlister Women’s Health Center offers top quality obstetric treatment 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.
Specialized obstetric care
We understand that some deliveries require special care. Here, you’re in good hands. We accommodate a range of physician-approved birth plans and create a trusted, nurturing environment for you and your baby. The McAlister Women’s Health Center is equipped with advanced diagnostic testing and monitoring.
To make sure everything is going as smoothly as possible, our on-staff perinatologist offers the following services:
- Advanced ultrasound monitoring of maternal and fetal health
- Genetic counseling
- Diabetes education
- State-of-the-art diagnostic tests
Some deliveries require extra care. If you choose to have a vaginal birth after Cesarean, we’ll support you.
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
We always do our best to safely bring your baby into the world, but sometimes newborns need a little extra attention. The experts at Children's Hospital of Los Angeles collaborate closely with our medical staff to provide 24/7 coverage from neonatologists (newborn specialists) in our Irene Dunne Guild Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Thanks to this partnership, we’re able to enhance the outstanding level of care given to our most fragile infants. Learn more about the NICU ›
If you’d like to take a look at our hospital’s birthing suites, NICU, laborist care and more, feel free to take a virtual tour! Get a glimpse of the all-encompassing and empathetic care we provide with our series of videos.
Welcome to Saint John’s
We welcome you to Saint John’s. Take a quick tour of our lobby and learn what to expect when you arrive at our beautiful hospital.
Labor and Delivery Suite Tour
Join us for a brief tour and get a glimpse of our beautiful labor and delivery suites.
Natural Birthing Suites
We welcome individual birthing plans and have designed a natural birthing suite for our Mom’s to have a homelike environment to give birth naturally, with a team ready to provide any support that is needed. Take a sneak peek of our incredible suite.
Mother and Baby
Learn about Saint John’s Mother and Baby Unit philosophy.
In the event your new baby needs special attention, our neonatal intensive care unit is available and staffed by Children’s Hospital Los Angeles physicians.
There may be times when you arrive at the hospital before you doctor. Learn how our laborist is there to support you until our doctor arrives.
Schedule an In-Person Tour
Saint John’s Maternity Tour
Take the complete tour of Saint John’s labor and delivery, mother and baby, NICU and natural birthing suite.
Designed to provide comprehensive maternal-child health care, our department features a wide range of services, including:
- Comfortable rooms
- We house large, thoughtfully designed rooms for labor and delivery, as well as recovery and C-section suites.
- Natural birthing suite
- A specially designed natural birthing suite for our Mom’s to have a homelike environment to give birth naturally, with a team ready to provide any support that is needed.
- Personalized birthing plans
- Whether your birth plan includes a doctor, midwife or doula, our skilled nursing staff will support you throughout this important journey.
- Nitrous oxide
- In addition to epidurals, we are the only hospital on the Westside to offer nitrous oxide during labor; a less invasive option for managing pain. Unlike an epidural, nitrous oxide allows you full mobility during all stages of labor.
- Neonatal intensive care unit (NICU)
- In the event that your newborn requires special attention, you can take comfort in knowing Saint John’s has a NICU staffed by physicians from Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.
- Couplet care
- After your baby is born, he or she will stay by your side as long as you like to promote uninterrupted bonding. Our spacious rooms accommodate loved ones who are eager to meet new arrivals.
Designed to educate new and experienced parents alike, Saint John’s Health Center offers a full spectrum of prenatal education classes and resources to help support parents in caring for their child.
- Childbirth preparation
- Baby care basics
- Breastfeeding basics
- Cesarean birth prep
Trimester check list
First trimester: Your to-do list
- Most importantly, make the healthiest choices you can for you and your baby.
- Find a physician you are comfortable with and get started on a schedule of regular prenatal appointments. The relationship with your physician should be one of mutual understanding and respect.
- Review any medications or supplements you’re taking with your physician.
- If you haven’t yet decided on where you’ll have your baby (or even if you have,) we invite you to tour Providence Saint John’s.
- If you plan to go back to work after your baby is born, you might need to start touring childcare centers and getting on waitlists now.
- You might want to check with your health insurance company about your maternity benefits. If you don’t have insurance or will be paying your hospital bills privately, please call a Providence Saint John’s financial counselor at 310-829-8007.
Second trimester: Your to-do list
- By the end of your second trimester, you should have chosen where you’ll have your baby. If you are undecided, please attend a tour of Providence Saint John’s or any Providence Health & Services hospital. It is important to feel secure in where you’ll be delivering.
Third trimester: Your to-do list
If you haven’t yet taken a childbirth preparation class, please see if you can fit one in.
- Take a pre-birth tour of Providence Saint John’s so you’ll know where to check in, where to park and how to register - and you can also take another look around.
- Get an infant car seat and install it in your car. If you leave the hospital by car, we’re not allowed to let you bring your baby home without an approved car seat!
- As your due date gets closer, pack a bag with all the things you want to bring to the hospital, or at least make a list of those items. See our “What to Bring” page for advice.
- Fill out your pre-registration form and send it to Providence Saint John’s at least two months before your planned delivery date.
Start thinking about purchasing or renting a breast pump. You'll need to:
1. Call your insurance provider and ask for clarification:
- How much of the cost of a breast pump is covered by my insurance plan?
- Do I have to buy a pump from a "Durable Medical Equipment provider" for it to be covered? Some insurance companies also have a Preferred Provider Requirement. If Providence is not "in network," your insurance company may not reimburse you for the full cost of a breast pump.
- Will I need to qualify in order for the coverage to apply? You may need to have a prescription from your or your baby's physician that explains the need for a breast pump. Some health insurance companies will cover pumps only if they are deemed "medically necessary," for example, if a baby is premature, sick or having difficulty nursing.
2. Know what your policy will cover:
- Which brands or types of pumps are covered by my insurance? Does my insurance cover buying pumps, renting pumps or both? What type of breast pump does my insurance cover? (e.g. hospital-grade rental pump, double or single electric personal-use pumps, or battery or manual pump). If I have previously purchased a breast pump, may I submit a claim for reimbursement?
3. Know the terms of your coverage:
- Will there be a copay?
- Will I need to meet a deductible?
- What is the maximum dollar amount that will be covered?
Providence Saint John's knows how important it is to prepare for delivery. It's a good idea to be prepared at least one month in advance of the arrival of a baby so that essential items aren’t overlooked in the last-minute rush to the delivery room.
The following is a recommended checklist of items and important information to complete before the big day arrives.
- Make a reservation for a tour of the McAlister Women's Health Center three months in advance of the requested day of attendance. A brochure of important information about pre-admission, resources at Providence Saint John’s, arriving and leaving the hospital will be provided during the tour.
- Attend prenatal education classes. Providence Saint John's offers childbirth, baby basics and breastfeeding classes to all expectant parents (delivery at Providence Saint John’s is not a requirement to take the classes.)
- Have written directions and/or a map of the health center ready, in the event of an emergency or if the person taking the expectant mother to the hospital is unfamiliar with the facility.
- Complete pre-registration with Providence Saint John's two months before the due date by filling out the pre-registration form and mail or fax to:
- Providence Saint John’s Health Center
2121 Santa Monica Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90404
- Providence Saint John’s Health Center
- Interview and choose a pediatrician before the due date who meets your family’s needs.
- Have an approved infant car seat already secured in the back seat of the new parents’ vehicle, ready for the trip home.
Providence Saint John’s women’s health services deluxe suites provide a hotel-like environment for women during their postpartum recovery. Added comfort and privacy are built into every detail. As a result, new families can bond in a calm and nurturing atmosphere. Our excellent nursing staff and medical experts provide you with individualized, personal care.
The deluxe suites offer natural light, wood finishes and soothing artwork that add to the serene atmosphere.
- Larger rooms
- Concierge-style service
- Peaceful, serene, private environment for healing
- Comfortable recliner
- Fine linens, towels and robes
- Fine soap and skin care products
- Upgraded food selection (two trays per guest per meal)
- Personal, in-room refrigerator
- Wireless access
- Large-screen LCD TVs with video on demand
- Clock radio with iPod dock
- Daily newspaper
- Two validated valet parking passes per day
- Arranging your stay at the deluxe suites
If you are interested in staying in the deluxe suites as an upgrade during your postpartum care, call 310-829-8887 for information on pricing. Please keep in mind the cost to upgrade your room will not be covered by insurance.
The deluxe suites are subject to availability at the time of admission.
For more information about the women’s health deluxe suites, please call 310-829-8887.