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
- Maternity tour: Our maternity orientation is designed to acquaint expectant parents in their third trimester with the services and philosophy of our Family Birthing Center. During the orientation, you may have the opportunity to visit the Family Birthing Center, hear about the hospital's approach to maternity care and ask questions of our maternity staff.
- Childbirth series: The staff of the Women & Children’s Center is pleased to offer a series of four consecutive classes to help prepare you and your partner for childbirth and the postpartum period at Los Robles Regional Medical Center. Please bring two bed pillows and a blanket to each class.
- Childbirth 101: Introduction to labor - The series begins with a clear explanation of pregnancy and the labor process. Whether you are a first-time patient or a veteran, attending this class will help you understand the signs of early labor and the different stages of labor. You will begin to learn and practice comfort strategies, relaxation techniques and the management of normal labor and birth. Part one of a four part series.
- Childbirth 102: Active labor and delivery - This class will discuss medical terms and procedures, the basics of fetal and maternal monitoring and what to expect in active and transitional labor. Practice comfort measures that include visualization, breathing and massage techniques. Part two of a four part series.
- Childbirth 103: Pain management and cesarean birth - Understand the differences between commonly used pain relief medications in labor and for delivery. Also, learn about labor induction, pushing, vaginal delivery and cesarean section. Part three of a four part series.
- Childbirth 104: Postpartum - Helping your newborn transition peacefully to the outside world takes time, patience and understanding. You may experience many physical and emotional changes that affect you and your partner. This class addresses realistic expectations that will help you adjust to the arrival of your newborn. Part four of a four part series.
- Feeding your baby: Whether you choose to breastfeed or bottle feed, you will need to know the special techniques of each method. Good nutrition for your infant is vital. Pre-registration by mail is required.
- Cesarean section (C-section): Parents will learn what to expect both before and after the birth of their baby by cesarean section. Hospital procedures will be explained and partners will learn how they can fully participate in this exciting event.
- Amazing newborn: If you did not take our childbirth series, take this class during your third trimester to learn about your newborns behavior, physical appearance and daily care after you go home – including diapering, dressing, handling and bathing.
- Grandparent orientation: Our informal grandparent orientation is designed to acquaint expectant grandparents with current issues relating to childbirth practices, infant feeding methods, safety measures and child rearing perspectives.
- Siblings R Special: We have designed this special class to help big sisters and brothers prepare for the new baby's arrival. Our parenting expert explains to the children what to expect when mom goes to the hospital, and then brings the baby home. An adult must attend with the child. Suggested age for the child is two to five years old.
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.