We’re excited that you’re considering Los Robles Health System for your special delivery. We’re proud to offer a complete education program for you and your family to answer the important questions you have about childbirth.
For more information about our birthing center, to sign up for classes or to find a physician that delivers at the birthing center, call Consult-A-Nurse® at (877) 888-5746.
To register for a class or series, please call (877) 888-5746 or visit our calendar of events.
Classes we offer
- The Understanding Birth eClass: A unique online learning experience that covers a variety of topics on the process of labor, birth and recovery after birth. This class includes information on the stages of labor, various ways to manage labor discomforts, medical procedures and cesarean birth. You will find videos, animations, and interactive exercises to keep you engaged throughout the class. This class also highlights ways partners can help throughout the labor process. It takes approximately 4-6 hours to complete the material, but this can be done at your own pace. It is recommended you take the eClass prior to taking the Comfort Measures Workshop.
- Comfort Measures Workshop: This is a hands-on learning experience taught by an experienced instructor that helps expectant parents practice coping strategies for labor and birth. This class will help expectant parents tailor their home environment and hospital room for labor. Included in the workshop is various ways to utilize positioning, massage, visualization and relaxation practices. The class also covers different ways to use a birthing ball and a peanut ball. It is recommended you take the Understanding Birth eClass before attending this workshop.
- Newborn Baby Care: Take this class to learn about your newborn's behavior, physical appearance and basic care needs. This class will include live instruction on how to soothe your baby, how to keep your baby safe as well as proper techniques in diapering, swaddling and bathing.
Breastfeeding Basics: Good nutrition for your infant is vitally important. This class will include live instruction from one of our breastfeeding specialists. Take this class to learn the basic techniques of positioning and latch as well as breast care and pumping.
- Maternity Tour: Our maternity orientation is designed to acquaint expectant parents with the services and philosophy of our Family Birthing Center. Join us virtually for a tour of our center and to hear about the hospital’s approach to maternity care.
What to take to the hospital when having a baby
Preparing for your baby's arrival is an exciting time. As you prepare for your hospital visit here are a few reminders to keep in mind while packing and preparing for the arrival of your little one:
- Visit our Admitting Department to complete the pre-registration process
- Pack your hospital bag
- Picture ID
- Insurance card
- Pajamas (and pajamas for your partner!)
- Nursing bra and nursing tops
- Slippers or socks
- Comfortable clothes and shoes
- Clothes to take your baby home in
- Install the baby's car seat and practice using it
What is labor induction?
Labor induction is the process of helping labor begin by using medication or other procedures.
Common reason to induce labor?
Induction is commonly recommended when the baby is one week or more passed its due date. The reasons for this include:
- The baby may become too large for a vaginal birth
- There is a higher incidence of the baby passing meconium in post-dates babies
- Sometimes the baby may start to receive less nutrients and oxygen through the placenta and the risk of a stillbirth increases
Induction may also be necessary for a number of medical conditions including, but not limited to:
- If you have diabetes or high blood pressure
- If you have an infection in the uterus or risk of infection because your water broke
- If your baby is not growing properly
- If you have low amniotic fluid level
What are the complications of having induced labor?
Labor induction is a safe process, with safe guards in place to help ensure the mother and baby's safety. However, labor induction can lead to complications. If the medicine does not trigger labor, you may need to have a cesarean section. Inductions may also lead to strong contractions, fetal distress or, in rare cases, a uterine rupture may also occur.
How long until I deliver if I am having labor induced?
Labor induction can take anywhere from a few hours to a few days, depending on your personal circumstance.
Will I be able to take pain medication if I decide to or need to have induced labor?
In the event that you need to or decide to have induced labor, pain medication will be available for you. Please speak with your physician regarding your options on managing your pain before the big day.
Start your journey
As part of the birthing experience at Los Robles Regional Medical Center we offer courses to help you gain the confidence you need for the arrival of your little one.
- To learn more about our Childbirth courses call our dedicated Consult-A-Nurse line at (877) 888-5746. Classes include Understanding Birth, Comfort Measures Workshop, Newborn Baby Care and Breastfeeding Basics
- Take a virtual tour of our Birthing Center
- Register for a class or series online or call (877) 888-5746.
- Pre-register for labor and delivery online