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Childbirth Services at St. Francis Medical Center

Learning that you are expecting a baby is a joyous time. Our comprehensive obstetrics program, located close to home in southeast Los Angeles County, is here to meet your every need. At St. Francis, our obstetrics specialists offer complete obstetrical care for expectant and new mothers. In fact, we deliver more than 5,000 babies every year, ensuring that you and your family receive the expert care you need when welcoming a new baby into your home.

We provide obstetric services in our newly renovated Family Life Center. Our new space offers a modern, soothing atmosphere with special amenities, including upgraded patient rooms and hallways, to help you feel relaxed and welcome throughout your stay.

Highlights of Our Program

Round-the-Clock Care for Labor and Delivery

Our obstetricians, anesthesiologists and specialized nurses are available 24/7 to care for you and your baby. Even if you go into labor in the middle of the night, we are here to provide you with superior care.

Comfortable, Private Labor, Delivery, Recovery Rooms (LDRs)

We are one of few hospitals in the community that offers all private LDRs to provide a personalized experience for you, your baby and your partner. Our private rooms allow your family to have privacy throughout your entire stay, giving you the chance to rest more comfortably and to bond with your newborn. Being near you is a source of comfort to your baby and can help him or her settle into a steady routine of feeding and sleeping.

Comprehensive Breast-Feeding Support

Our commitment to providing expert breast-feeding (lactation) support to new mothers and infants has earned us a designation as a baby-friendly center from Baby-Friendly USA. Our International Board Certified Lactation Consultants and our Certified Lactation Educators listen to your concerns about breast-feeding and help you decide what’s best for your family. We give you information, encouragement and support to help you meet your baby’s nutritional needs.

Expertise in High-Risk Pregnancy

If you have complications in your pregnancy, our obstetricians provide individualized services you and your baby need. Our obstetricians, nurses and NICU (neonatal intensive care unit) specialists are here to provide you and your baby with attentive, expert care throughout your childbirth experience and postpartum period.

Quiet Time

Members of your extended family and friends are welcome to visit you and your new baby except during quiet time (2 PM – 4 PM). Quiet time is a relaxing and peaceful time for you to take a nap or breastfeed. During quiet time, we dim the lights on the maternity ward and try to limit any visitors or disruptions, including from the hospital staff. Your partner is, of course, welcome to stay.

Access to Care, Regardless of Ability to Pay

All moms-to-be are welcome at St. Francis. You will receive compassionate and personalized obstetric care and support services for your baby even if you don’t have insurance. We can help you find out if you’re eligible for government-funded insurance programs, such as Medi-Cal and CalFresh, or community resources designed to help ease your transition to motherhood. Read more about our Health Benefits Resource Center.