Nurse supporting new mom and her baby
18300 Highway 18, 2nd Floor, Apple Valley, CA 92307

Women and Infant Services

St. Mary Medical Center

2207.8 miles away
760-242-2311
Nurse supporting new mom and her baby

Women and Infant Services

St. Mary Medical Center

With one of the lowest cesarean rates in Southern California and the only CCS designated NICU in the High Desert, St. Mary Medical Center’s Women and Infant Services ensures the highest care possible for mothers and babies.

Our specialty team includes board certified obstetricians available in the Labor and Delivery unit 24/7 and neonatologists from Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC). Our staff strives to accommodate the needs of every patient and their child and understands the importance of offering personalized care.

Designed to provide safe, quality care for moms and babies, St. Mary Medical Center offers a full spectrum of support services for expectant mothers, such as:

Labor and Delivery

Family centered personal care to you and your support person during the birth of your child.

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Specially-equipped unit to care for infants with health complications at birth.

Healthy Beginnings/New Avenues

Ensures mothers receive prenatal care during the first trimester of pregnancy.

Well Woman Program

Increases access to health care for uninsured women.

Preparing for childbirth comes long before being admitted to the hospital, which is why St. Mary Medical Center offers childbirth classes every month for parents-to-be.

Learn more.

Birth plan

Prepare for the anticipated, the unexpected and everything in between. Birth plans are a great way to let your physician and labor and delivery nurse understand how you and your family would like your delivery experience to go. Creating a birth plan is a useful tool to determine the expectations both you and your partner have about the upcoming birth. Knowing these expectations will help guide our health care delivery team in providing the most comfortable plan possible. Personal Birth Plan

What not to pack

Please do not bring valuables to the hospital, as they cannot be secured. The hospital is not responsible for replacing lost items. Any items that will be left unattended should remain at home.

What to pack

  • A hospital gown or birthing clothing, if you would like to bring your own. Please note that while we do permit patients to wear their own clothing (i.e. skirts, nightgowns or dresses), we prefer that you wear a hospital gown, as they are fashioned with snaps at the sleeves for easy maneuvering around IV's. Also, because birth is a messy process, clothing worn during labor is unlikely to be worn again.
  • Pajamas, bathrobe and slippers
  • Underwear suitable for wearing with maxi-pads
  • A nursing bra, if breastfeeding
  • A comfortable outfit for mom to wear home
  • Baby clothes and blankets for baby's trip home
  • Cell phone/laptop/camera. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hospital. If you are bringing a cell phone, laptop, or camera, please ensure these items will be attended at all times. Click here for our photo policy.

The Baby Friendly Health Initiative (BFHI) is a global initiative of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). As part of this initiative, St. Mary Medical Center’s clinicians support policies and practices that foster breastfeeding as the exclusive feeding choice for infants in their first six months of life.

Our community programs offer newborn evaluations and support and education for Mom.

The Healthy Beginnings Midwifery Service began providing care to childbearing women in 1995. Prenatal care is provided at one of our three offices with births occurring in the Mother/Baby Unit at St. Joseph Health, St. Mary.

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