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Labor and Delivery: What to Expect

When you come to St. Francis for prenatal, childbirth and postpartum care, our goal is to ease any anxiety you’re feeling so you can focus on your taking care of yourself and your baby’s needs. We offer:

Prenatal Class Referrals

Prenatal classes help you and your partner learn more about childbirth. We can refer you to classes that cover a broad range of topics, such as the signs of labor and ways to stay comfortable during childbirth. Call us at 310-900-4710 to learn more or for a referral to an upcoming class.

Maternity Tours

Touring the Family Life Center gives you and your partner an opportunity to see where you will be having your baby. We also give you important tips, such as learning how to preregister, so your arrival at the hospital when you are in labor is smooth and stress-free. Learn more about first steps. To schedule a tour, call us at 310-900-5002.

Immediate Help When You Are in Labor

If you think you are in labor, come directly to the Family Life Center. In our specialized triage area, we will immediately examine you and move you to a patient room, if you are in labor. Find out more about arriving to deliver your baby.

Bonding With Your Baby

After having your baby, we help you and your little one start bonding right away. Bonding includes activities such as skin-to-skin contact, breastfeeding, and looking at and talking to your baby. These activities ease your baby’s transition to living outside of the womb. If you are nervous or unsure of what to do, our nurses are always available to help you and answer your questions.

Recovering in a Private Room

Our private rooms allow your family to have privacy throughout your entire stay. A few hours after giving birth, we move you to a private room on our maternity ward. Here, you and your partner stay with your baby until it is time to go home. During this time, we deliver all the care and support you and your baby need, including a pediatric exam for your baby, from the comfort of your room. Find out more about giving birth.

Preparing You to Go Home

Before going home, our nurses provide you with the information you need to take care of your baby. We help you learn about follow-up care for your baby and who to call if you have questions. Find out more about going home.

Ongoing Postpartum Support

If you live in Los Angeles County and deliver your baby at St. Francis, you may be eligible to receive free, one-on-one help from a parent coach during your baby’s first 9 months through our Welcome Baby program. Parent coaches visit you at home and provide personalized support that may include:

  • Providing help with breast-feeding
  • Staying up-to-date with your baby’s well visits
  • Ensuring a safe environment for your baby