Before Your Visit
Here are some things you may want to do before the big day when you'll visit our Family Birth Center.
We suggest that you pre-register for hospital admission by your eighth month of pregnancy. Pre-registering for hospital admission may save you the discomfort of answering many questions when you are in actual labor and might be uncomfortable.
For information on prenatal classes and registration, call 1-877-529-3241. It is advisable to sign up for classes by your fifth or sixth month of pregnancy. Classes are generally taken so that you complete them 5-6 weeks before your due date. Some of our classes are only offered every other month.
Before you visit, we encourage you to get to know more about Kaweah Delta's Family Birth Center by taking a free tour. No appointment is necessary, just meet at 2 p.m. in the Family Birth Center lobby on 2 East. For a list of upcoming dates for tours, click HERE
Make sure you select a car seat for your child that is federally approved per California law. All infants discharged from Kaweah Delta must be in a federally approved car seat per California law.
Kaweah Delta’s Family Birth Center is located on the second floor of Kaweah Delta Medical Center’s East Mineral King Wing.
Parking is located at Kaweah Delta Medical Center and in the Acequia Wing Parking structure located at Floral Street and Acequia Avenue.
Just like any home, things run a little better with some structure and rules. Here are some of our rules. We ask that you observe them for the comfort and safety of everyone.
- Cell phones may not be used in patient care areas. This includes patient rooms and the hallways. Cell phones can interfere with patient equipment and may cause harm to mom or baby.
- In accordance with the recommendations of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, it is Kaweah Delta's policy that photography and video recording is prohibited during delivery until the newborn is deemed stable by the physician.
- In accordance with the recommendations of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, we do not permit videotaping of the baby's birth. Still pictures may be taken. After the Doctor judges both mom and baby “stable” you may videotape. This will only take a few minutes.
- During your delivery your visitors are welcome to wait in the Family Birth Center lobby. State fire regulations prohibit visitors from waiting in the hallway.
- We observe the “golden hour” of bonding after birth. Baby will be “skin to skin” with mom (or dad) and the new parents need some time to bond with their new baby. The initial breastfeeding latch often occurs in the first hour after birth.