Maternity hospital in Ventura and Los Angeles counties
We’re excited you’re considering Los Robles Health System as your childbirth center. Our labor and delivery unit offers the latest medical technology, spacious birthing rooms and mother-baby suites. We also offer a selection of childbirth classes.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, call us at (805) 370-4477.
COVID-19 and Pregnancy - An Update for our Patients
We would like to take this opportunity to update you about your maternity care during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and assure you that our dedicated team of expert nurses, physicians and midwives are committed to providing safe and effective care to every patient who walks through our doors.
Our maternity unit
Since 1968, our healthcare team has been committed to helping parents prepare for their baby's arrival in a safe and nurturing environment. Our OBGYN physicians are on-site 24/7, 365 days a year. Along with perinatologists and our highly skilled nurses, our team of specialists is ready to help you with your birth, including high-risk deliveries. Additionally, our delivery team consists of nurses who are fetal heart monitor certified through the Association of Women's Health Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses.
Our labor and delivery unit provides:
- Dedicated anesthesiologists available 24/7
- Operating room suites in the labor and delivery unit
- Certified lactation specialist available seven days a week
- Wireless monitoring for mothers to move around during labor
- Remote fetal heart monitoring technology
- Helpful labor equipment including peanut balls and labor balls
We also want to make your birth experience at comfortable as possible for you, your baby and your family. That's why we offer many support services and amenities such as:
- Spacious birthing suites and mother-baby suites
- Private rooms and bathrooms with rockers, refrigerators and hair dryers
- Fathers, co-parent or coaches in the delivery unit with the mother at all times
- Surrogate friendly and inclusive of all types of families
- Dedicated care from the same nurse for you and your baby
- Overnight accommodations for a support person
- Doula friendly
Neonatal intensive care unit (NICU)
Our birthing center has a Level III neonatal intensive care unit. A Level III designation means that premature and critically ill infants — including those that require surgical intervention — have access to specialized care 24 hours a day. Our 12-bed unit is staffed with neonatologists, neonatal nurses and respiratory therapists.
NICU web camera
We offer an innovative web camera technology for babies in the NICU. The web camera allows parents, family and friends to view their infant in real-time, 24/7 through a secure online portal. This technology can help reduce the stress and anxiety mothers may feel while being separated from their newborns.
Preparing for labor and baby
Preparing for your baby's arrival is an exciting time. It's helpful want to know how to prepare for your hospital stay and the arrival of your baby. One of the most important things to remember is to install a rear-facing infant car seat and practice using it. You will also want to pack a bag ahead of time for your hospital stay. Items to bring in your hospital bag include:
- Picture ID
- Insurance card
- Cell phone and laptop/tablet
- Clothes to take your baby home in
- Comfortable clothes and shoes
- Nursing bra and nursing tops
- Pajamas (for you and your partner)
- Slippers or socks
When you first arrive at the hospital, visit our admitting department to complete the preregistration process.
As part of the birthing experience at Los Robles, we offer courses to help you gain the confidence you need for the arrival of your new baby. Our classes include:
- Breastfeeding Basics
- Comfort Measures Workshop
- Newborn Baby Care
- The Understanding Birth eClass
Learn more about all the labor classes we offer or register for a class by viewing our calendar.
Labor induction is the process of helping labor begin by using medication or other procedures. Induction is commonly recommended when the baby is one week or more past 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.
- The baby can start to receive fewer nutrients and less oxygen through the placenta, and the risk of a stillbirth increases.
Induction may also be necessary for a number of medical conditions including:
- If you have gestational 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 a low amniotic fluid level
What are the complications of having induced labor?
Labor induction is a safe process with safeguards in place to help ensure positive outcomes for the mother and baby. 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.
How long will I be in labor if I induce?
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 need to have induced labor?
If 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.