When you think you are in labor, call your physician and follow instructions. Call 911 for all emergency situations.
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.
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.
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.
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.
NICU and antepartum care
Forever committed to the health and wellbeing of mothers and children, the Women’s Pavilion also includes the San Fernando Valley’s first ever Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) for premature and high-risk babies, as well as an antepartum care program designed to meet the needs of high-risk moms who require hospitalization before delivery.
The Welcome Baby program believes that every mom and baby deserve a healthy life. Every day we teach, validate, support, and empower moms and moms-to-be to strengthen the bond between them and their babies.
At Providence Holy Cross Medical Center, we offer a full spectrum of educational classes and prenatal services for expectant mothers and their families. Our Mother & Baby Care Program is one of the most comprehensive pre- and post-natal educational programs in the San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valleys.
Classes are offered at Providence Saint Joseph, Providence Holy Cross and Providence Tarzana Medical Centers, and are also available in Spanish. Call 818-847-4143 to register and find out about our classes schedules and fees.
To get to know our maternity unit, sign up for a free, short presentation, followed by a walking tour. Please call during your fourth month of pregnancy to schedule.
Advanced registration is required for all classes. Some classes may be rescheduled due to low class enrollment.
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.
Maternal Wellness WarmLine:
Hours: 9 a.m.- 5 p.m., Mon - Fri
WarmLine is not text-capable
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.
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