At Los Robles Regional Medical Center, we are proud to offer as much information to assist you in preparing for your delivery. We present 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
- Childbirth eClass With Workshop: This is a unique learning experience that is a combination eClass and comfort measures workshop. At the beginning of the month, you will receive login instructions for the eClass as well as information from one of our qualified childbirth instructors about an interactive comfort measures workshop that takes place on the date you have selected. The Understanding Birth eClass is self-directed and allows participants to navigate the content from home. The eClass covers a wide variety of topics on the process of labor and birth and includes medical procedures and caesarean sections. The comfort measures workshop builds on the information you learn in the eClass. It is a one time, live class that helps expectant parents practice coping strategies for labor and birth. Included in the workshop is positioning and massage, different ways to use a birthing ball and peanut ball, as well as visualization and relaxation practices.
- Newborn Baby Care: Take this Newborn Baby Care class to learn about your newborn’s behavior, physical appearance and basic care needs including diapering, soothing techniques, and bathing.
- Breastfeeding Basics: Good nutrition for your infant is vitally important. Our breastfeeding specialists will teach you the basic techniques of breastfeeding that will help you gain the confidence you need.
- 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.