Labor and Delivery
Labor and Delivery
A Safe and Comfortable Pregnancy
Childbirth is not a day, nor a moment, but a nine month journey to motherhood.
And at Providence St. Joseph Hospital we’re here to offer an experience that is truly different, to walk that path together with you; with respect and empowerment, knowledge and understanding.
Because we believe you are what’s naturally best for your baby. And for one of life’s most precious events, one you’ll remember for the rest of your life, at St. Joseph Hospital we offer a whole new approach to modern obstetrics.
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.
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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.
Our patients range from those with uncomplicated deliveries to those who are experiencing high-risk pregnancies requiring special needs. Because of this, we understand the importance of offering personalized care. We strive to accommodate the needs of every patient and family.
With respect for every patient and their birth plan, St. Joseph Hospital institutes an OB Hospitalist Program dedicated to enhancing the safety and wellbeing of women and children. St. Joseph Hospital OB Hospitalists are board-certified obstetricians who remain on the unit solely to care for labor and delivery patients. OB Hospitalists are available 24 hours to:
- Provide support
- Examine you
- Evaluate the progress of your labor
- Detect and respond to laboratory abnormalities
- Answer your questions
Emergencies can occur and when they do, time is precious. Our OB Hospitalists are on hand, ready to provide life-saving intervention. In the event that your doctor is unable to make it in time for your delivery, our OB Hospitalists can safely manage and deliver your baby.
Experience the assurance of holistic, personalized midwifery care within a trusted healing environment with the option of complementary modern medicine.
At Providence St. Joseph Hospital, our certified-nurse midwives and staff offer care for low-risk women and families throughout their prenatal, labor, birth and postpartum journey. Our goal is to help you realize the birth experience you envision in a supportive, caring environment.
We strive to give you the most updated information and comprehensive care to facilitate an empowering labor and birth experience through high touch, personalized care.
Preregister with MyChart
Get a MyChart account now to access your health information. Already have an account? Log in to ensure your health information is current before your due date. MyChart allows you to communicate with your doctor, get answers to your medical questions from the comfort of your own home, access your test results and much more!
Forms and instructions
We encourage you to complete the following forms:
- My Preference for Labor and Birth / Mis preferencias para el parto y el nacimiento
- Baby’s Birth Certificate Form / Formulario de certificado de nacimiento
Tours are temporarily cancelled
We are committed to the health and well-being of our patients, caregivers and community. In light of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) public health emergency, we are taking extra precautions to keep everyone safe including the temporary cancellation of maternity tours.
- If you arrive for your delivery between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. please enter through the Emergency Care Center located off La Veta Ave. Parking is provided in front of the building.
- If you arrive for your delivery between 4:30 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, or between 7 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, please enter through the main hospital entrance off Stewart Drive. The staff in the main lobby will escort you to OB Admitting located on the second floor.
The golden hour
The first hour after a baby is born is a special time for family bonding. By enhancing the experience of a child’s first hour of life, we can greatly improve a baby’s growth and development. Our nurses fully support and encourage this time for families.
Immediately after a baby is born, he/she is dried off and placed skin-to-skin on mom's bare chest. As long as the baby is healthy, they will remain undisturbed until breastfed for the first time. Routine procedures, such as bathing and weighing, will be delayed for the first hour, giving parents the opportunity to cherish this precious moment.
Cord blood banking
Cord blood is the blood that remains in the umbilical cord and placenta after the birth of your baby. The cord blood contains stem cells that can be collected and stored for future medical therapies. St. Joseph Hospital has a relationship with CHOC Children's Cord Blood Bank.
We support the parents' decision to use another Cord Blood Bank. If using another provider, please talk to your obstetrician regarding the necessary collection of cord blood prior to delivery.
We offer a full spectrum of classes to educate new and experienced parents alike.
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 to seek treatment, please call The Maternal Mental Health Program at 714-771-8101. There is a licensed mental health professional available to provide support for you and your family.
The Maternal Mental Health program, offered through St. Joseph Hospital of Orange, provides a safe environment for mothers to discuss their feelings, thoughts and concerns with other mothers and professionals.
The program includes:
- Individual and group counseling sessions, including a bilingual/bicultural therapist
- New Mothers Group
- Continuing Mothers Group
- Postpartum Dads Group
For further information or referral, please call 714-771-8101.
Please be advised that this 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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