Maternal Child Health
Welcome to Kaweah Delta's Family Birth Center!
At Kaweah Delta Family Birth Center, we are honored to be
part of your birthing experience. As a patient focused care unit, we are
dedicated to provide you with the delivery experience you deserve. The Family
Birth Center has specialized caregivers that will be with you every step of
Kaweah Delta Health Care District Hospital
400 West Mineral King Ave.
Visalia, California 93291
Labor and Delivery Triage area – 2 East
Labor and Delivery Unit – 2 East
Where to park
Parking is available at Kaweah Delta Medical Center parking lot, the parking structure on Locust St., or the Acequia Wing Parking structure located at Floral Street and Acequia Avenue. Kaweah Delta offers valet parking between the hours of 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. at the Mineral King entrance only.
MAP TO KAWEAH DELTA MEDICAL CENTER
Arriving at Night
If you have to come to the Family Birth Center and it is after 9:00 p.m., you must enter through the Emergency Room and check in with security. Security will then direct you to the 2nd floor to Labor and Delivery or the Labor Triage Unit.
Labor and Delivery – 24 hours a day for designated support persons with a bracelet.
Labor and Delivery Triage area (2 East)
When you arrive in the Triage Unit, you can designate one support person to stay at your bedside. Your designated support person cannot be switched during your stay in triage, for your safety and privacy.
Labor and Delivery (2 East)
You will be asked to designate three people who will attend your labor, delivery and recovery. These are the only visitors allowed in your room. A bracelet will be given to each of your designated support persons and must be worn while you are in labor and delivery.
Preparing for the Birth of your Baby
Birthing Center Tours
Before your first visit to Kaweah Delta Family Birth Center, we encourage you to get to know us by taking a FREE tour. No appointment is necessary. Tours are held in English twice a month on Wednesday and once a month on Sunday. Spanish tours are held once a month on Sunday. Please call 559-624-6012 or 1-877-529-3241 to obtain a list of upcoming dates for tours starting at the Mineral King lobby.
Kaweah Delta Family Medicine Center
If you do not have a pediatrician, consider contacting the
Kaweah Delta Family Medicine Center for 24-hour pediatrics services. The office
is conveniently located next to the Kaweah Delta Medical Center at 202 W.
Willow Avenue in Visalia.
In Visalia, Kaweah Delta Health Care District provides comprehensive labor and delivery services at our Family Birthing Center for patients from Visalia, Porterville, Tulare, Fresno, Bakersfield, Hanford and surrounding areas of California.
It is advisable to sign up for classes by your 5th or 6th month of pregnancy. Classes taken during this time are generally completed before 5-6 weeks before you due date. Visit the Nursery Nook web page or click HERE for more information on upcoming classes.
LINK TO NURSERY NOOK ON WEBSITE
Preparing for Your Hospital Admission
Before your delivery date arrives, we want you to be as prepared as possible for the birth of your baby. At Kaweah Delta Family Birth Center, we are here to help you every step of the way.
We suggest that you pre-register for your birthing admission by your 8th month of pregnancy. Please take the time to complete the Family Birthing Center Admission Form and mail or bring it into the Labor and Delivery Admitting Desk along with your insurance card. Pre-registering for your hospital admission may save you the discomfort of answering many questions when you are in actual labor.
Before your labor begins, have a bag packed so you are ready when it’s time to go to the hospital. Some items we suggest are:
- Hair care products
- Cell phone charger
- Nursing bra
- Glasses (if you wear contacts)
- Nutritious snacks for designated visitors
- Lip balm (for labor)
- Going home outfit for mom and baby
- Lollypops (for labor)
- Make up
- Toothbrush & toothpaste
Make sure you have selected a car seat for your baby that is federally approved per California law. The car seat should be properly installed in your car to be ready to take your baby home. Consider visiting a passenger safety seat inspection location by searching www.seatcheck.org website.
What to Expect
Cell phones – Cell phones may not be used in patient care areas. This includes patient rooms and hallways. Cell phones may interfere with patient care equipment and can cause harm to mom and baby.
Photography – Cameras, cell phones and video cameras are permitted, but may not be used during the actual vaginal delivery or cesarean section procedure. Pictures/videos are permitted after birth when your baby has been reported as stable by your obstetrician or nursing staff.
Labor and Delivery
When it is time to bring your baby into the world, you can trust our birthing team that includes your obstetrician or certified nurse midwife (CNM), labor and delivery registered nurse specialist, nursing assistant, certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNA) or anesthesiologists, and/or labor doula/birthing coach.
Our Family Birth Center offers up to date technology, private labor and delivery rooms and experienced staff to deliver compassionate care where mothers and families enjoy the very best birthing experience.
Private Labor and Delivery Room
As you get closer to your due date or past your due date of pregnancy, your obstetrician and you may plan for induction of labor. Your obstetrician or office staff will call our Family Birth Center scheduler for a date and time for you to arrive at the hospital. The Family Birth Center requests that you call two hours ahead of your scheduled admission at (559)624-6701 and ask for the charge nurse for bed availability.
Your obstetrician may determine your pregnancy falls into a category of “high risk”. We at the Family Birth Center know this can be stressful and our specialized experienced nursing staff is here to follow your plan of care developed between you and your obstetrician.
Some “high-risk” categories are:
- High blood pressure
- Pregnancy over the age of 35
- Chronic illness
- Infectious diseases
- Preterm delivery less than 37 weeks
- Pregnancy with multiple babies
Labor Comfort Choices
Labor Support Person
We encourage you to designate a person to support you through the labor process as part of your plan of care. If this designated person becomes overwhelmed with the labor process, the Nursing Staff is there to help or offer the services of a Doula.
Doulas are specially trained hospital staff that will help you during your labor and delivery. The doula role is to form a team with you, the labor support person, staff and other professionals to make sure you have a positive labor experience. Doula/labor coaches believe in the birth process and can help you with the discomforts of labor with breathing techniques, walking, soothing music, dim lighting, use of birthing balls, and peanut positioning devices. Doulas are available on an “on call” basis. A doula can be requested anytime during the labor process by telling your nurse. Doula services are included in the normal cost of your birthing charges.
Pain medication, commonly called opiates, is considered the first option after natural methods for pain relief. Opiates are given in small doses and usually administered during the early stages of labor. Opiates help to take the “edge” off the pain. Opiates can help reduce anxiety and improve your ability to cope with painful contractions.
There are many medications available to women during labor and childbirth. However, some pain relief choices may be unavailable due to your pre-existing medical conditions or the stage of labor. Our anesthesiologists and certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNA) can provide you with the most common anesthesia in labor that causes few side effects. This may cause some loss of feeling in the lower areas of your body, yet you remain awake and alert. Medication is provided continuously through the epidural catheter so that you maintain pain relief.
Other Services Available
Cord Blood Banking
Cord blood banking is the process of collecting and storing your baby’s umbilical cord blood stem cells for potential medical use for the treatment of genetic disease, blood disorders and a wide range of cancers. There are a variety of companies that process cord blood for banking. The company you choose will provide you with a cord blood banking kit, make sure you bring this kit with you upon admission to the hospital. We at the Family Birth Center and your obstetrician will collect all items needed for your kit following delivery.
If you have had a previous cesarean section, your obstetrician may determine that you need to schedule another cesarean section or participate in a “trial of labor”. If you are planning a cesarean delivery, your obstetrician's office will call the Family Birth Center and schedule your first time (primary) or repeat cesarean section. Our scheduling office staff will call you the day prior to your scheduled surgery and provide you with the following instructions:
- Nothing by mouth after midnight, this includes liquids/water and food.
- Shower the night before and the morning of your surgery. It is recommended that you use an antibacterial soap such as Dial, but any soap that has antibacterial on the label is acceptable.
- Arrive to the Family Birth Center two hours prior to your scheduled cesarean section.
VBAC (Vaginal Birth after Cesarean Section)
VBAC is the practice when a baby is delivered vaginally after a previous cesarean section. You should discuss this option of delivery with your obstetrician. Kaweah Delta Family Birth Center offers services and care if you choose a VBAC.
NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit)
Sometimes a baby arrives early or develops complications, rest assure that the NICU is prepared with highly experienced neonatologists, physicians and nurses specialized in the area of neonatology (the care of newborns). The NICU provides around the clock care for newborns and families.
If your baby arrives during 34 and 36 weeks, the NICU, Family Birth Center and Mother-Baby Units join together in a program called LPI (late preterm infant) to care for your baby. This program is designed for mother and baby to remain together, rooming in 24 hours a day, while allowing close monitoring of the baby by specially trained NICU nurses and physicians. The baby will have a designated nurse to care for them while the mother will have her own nurse to care for her. To provide a safe environment for your baby some restrictions may apply:
- No visitors will be allowed, except parents
LINK TO NICU WEBSITE
During and after your delivery, your visitors are welcome to wait in the Family Birth Center lobby or hospital lobby on the first floor while you complete your recovery. Our Family Birth Center observes the “golden hour” of bonding after birth for mom and baby with skin to skin contact and breastfeeding.
You will remain in your labor and delivery room for two hours for recovery and then will be transferred to Mother-Baby Unit in Acequia wing on the 3rd Floor.
LINK TO MOTHER-BABY WEBSITE
We at Kaweah Delta Family Birth Center regard patient satisfaction a high priority. We hope your stay with us will be pleasant and memorable. Your nurse will provide you with a survey on your labor experience. The manager of Labor and Delivery welcomes your feedback on your experience on this unit.
After discharge, you may receive a phone call from a company called Healthstream that will ask several questions rating your treatment and care during your stay at the Family Birth Center.
Thank you for choosing the Kaweah Delta Family Birth Center for the birth of your baby.
A Legacy of Love (Pregnancy
& Infant Loss Support Group)