Your Baby's Birth
725 Welch Road
2nd Floor – 2 South
Palo Alto, CA 94304
Please call your obstetrician first with your questions and concerns.The Labor and Delivery team is dedicated to providing you with personalized care and a positive environment to welcome your new baby.
Private Labor and Delivery Rooms for All PatientsOnce you are admitted to Labor and Delivery, our staff will bring you to your private room. This room is yours throughout labor and delivery. It includes:
- A private bathroom and shower
- Chairs/sofa for your partner
- Free wireless Internet access for your laptop or mobile device
- A flat-screen television
- Select cable TV channels
- On-demand movies
- Wireless fetal monitoring to allow you to be up and around during your labor
Your Birth PlanWe want to help make your labor the experience you want it to be. Our team partners with you to support your birth plan choices, including:
- Having an unmedicated or medicated labor
- Having a support person, family members, or friends present at your delivery
- Use birthing balls and other aids that you bring from home
- Dim your room lights
- Bring your own food and drink. We regret that we do not have refrigerators available.
- Walk around the unit (with your doctor's approval)
- Shower (with your doctor's approval)
Vaginal DeliveryIf you have a normal vaginal delivery and choose to breastfeed, we are available to help you almost immediately after birth. This initial feeding is important to your baby and helps stimulate your breast milk production. It also causes uterine contractions, which help prevent excessive bleeding.
Approximately one hour after your vaginal delivery, you and your baby will be transferred to the Maternity Unit. Your baby will visit the Well Baby Nursery while you settle into your room.
Cesarean SectionsA Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) nurse and neonatologist will be present at your Cesarean section delivery.
After your baby is born, extra suctioning of your baby’s nose, mouth and throat may be required to help clear some of the lung fluid and mucus. Once your baby is examined, a nurse will wrap your baby warmly and bring your baby to you to see and touch.
We will bring your baby to the Well Baby Nursery for a short time for an initial assessment. Your baby will then join you in the recovery room after your surgery. If you choose to breastfeed, your nurse will help you begin.
Approximately one hour after delivery, you and your baby will be transferred to your room on the Maternity Unit.
Public Cord Blood BankingA public cord blood collection program - the first of its kind in Northern California - enables you to donate your baby's cord blood to an international stem cell transplant registry.
If you are interested in participating, one of our staff members will obtain your consent and collect the cord blood. Your baby's cord blood will then be processed at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Texas. It will then be entered into the international cord blood registry, and will become available to caregivers with patients in need anywhere in the world.
NurseriesYour baby will be admitted to one of our nurseries should he/she need a higher level of care. A neonatal team will keep you updated on your baby’s condition and plan of care.
We will make every effort to bring you to visit your baby as soon as you are stable. You may then visit your baby at any time. We may ask you to delay your visit for a few minutes if a procedure is being done to allow proper care for your baby.