Maternity and OB Services
St. Jude Medical 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.
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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 avoid 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 Caesarean 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.
We offer the perfect setting for one of life’s best moments. By combining beautiful, private rooms with today’s newest approaches to helping newborns thrive, we offer mom, dad and baby the ideal surroundings to get to know each other.
While our physicians and nurses can point to a long list of awards and recognition-including recently being named one of the nation's best hospitals in clinical excellence-there is no achievement that makes us more proud than nurturing and safeguarding the health of each baby born at St. Jude. Designated as baby friendly,” joining the five percent of hospitals nationwide who hold this designation, St. Jude specializes in bringing happy, healthy (and rambunctious) children into the world.
During this exciting time there is a lot to learn, we recommend reading through our Preparing for Childbirth Guide. The guide has all the details you might need to make your pregnancy and childbirth a healthy and joyous event at St. Jude.
Forever committed to the health and wellbeing of mothers and children, our Level III NICU offers round-the-clock, state-of-the-art care to critically ill newborns. A high-risk infant born in a hospital with a Level III NICU has a significantly higher chance of survival than an infant born at a hospital without a NICU.
Thanks to the devoted care of our team, most of the babies born at St. Jude Medical Center never require the help of our Level III NICU. But their parents have the confidence and peace of mind that comes from knowing that today's most advanced care is available if needed.
Only immediate family members are allowed in the NICU. Please contact the NICU for more information at 714-626-8522.
Suggested visitation hours are from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 4 - 8 p.m. Every day from 1 - 4 p.m., we have “Cuddle Time”, which is a special time to bond with your baby and rest. During this time, we try to prevent any unnecessary interruptions to help you and baby get to know each other.
Contacting your nurse
Please call her pocket phone, the extension is on the whiteboard in your room.
Keeping baby safe
Anyone who comes to pick up your baby must have a name badge with a pink band. Your baby’s bands should be checked against your bands when the baby is brought back to you. If the HUGS tag or identification band comes off, alert your nurse immediately. Your baby must be with a banded adult or staff member at all times.
Important to remember
Always place your baby on his/her back to sleep.
Rooms are designed to allow your spouse or other adult to comfortably stay overnight with you, but please choose just one guest.
Breakfast is available 7 - 9:30 a.m. and lunch/dinner is available 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Meal orders can be placed anytime from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. by calling exts. 6777 or 6780. If you get a recording, please leave your order after the beep. For spouses and visitors, the cafeteria is on the 1st floor of the Northwest Tower and is open daily from 6:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. - 12 a.m.
Service is available daily until 3 p.m. Ask your nurse if you need housekeeping after-hours.
The Newborn Channel is 31.1 (English) and 33.1 (Spanish).
Taking walks with baby
When walking in the hallway, keep your baby in his or her bassinet and make sure the bassinette is flat, not inclined. It’s also a good idea to keep a bulb syringe in your baby’s bassinette and be familiar with how to use it.
Discharge is typically at 11 a.m. and you can be picked up at the Val Mesa Entrance, which is located on the south side of the medical center, next to the tennis center.
When your physician decides you are ready to leave the hospital, a discharge order will be written. You should make arrangements in advance with a family member or friend to help you when it is time to go home.
Your physician and nurse will give you instructions about post-hospital care. If you have questions, please be sure to ask. If there is someone who will be caring for you after discharge, it is a good idea to have this person present. An electronic copy of your discharge information is available by request.
Designed to educate new and experienced parents alike, St. Jude Medical Center offers a full spectrum of classes to help support parents in caring for their child. Topics include:
- Preparation for childbirth
- Newborn baby care
- Grandparents classes
- Sibling classes
- Maternity tours
Pregnancy is filled with decisions, from choosing a name to choosing paint colors for the baby's room, but no decision is more important than choosing the right pediatrician. Fortunately, we make it easy by offering Orange County's most popular and respected pediatricians.
For a list of our pediatricians, along with information about their education, training and location, search our provider directory. For more help in selecting the right doctor for your family, call us at 877-459-3627 (DOCS).