Family Birth Center

Family Birth Center

When you have your baby at John Muir Health, the focus is on you and your baby.  

Choosing the right place to have your baby and finding the right doctor are the most important decisions you'll make before your baby's arrival.

The doctors, nurses and support staff at John Muir Health listen and respond to your preferences and needs. They are also experts at what they do, ready to guide and take care of you.

Our state-of-the-art labor rooms offer all the comforts of your home, with showers to relax in, space for your guests and oversized chairs that fold into beds so your partner can be at your side.

Labor, delivery and recovery

We don't see your birth experience as a procedure. We consider it to be a beautiful and miraculous event.

John Muir Health believes in mother- and family-centered care. When you are ready to deliver, our staff will work with you and your family to help you have the birth experience you're hoping for.

Your options may surprise you. For example, we specialize in helping mothers who’ve previously had a cesarean give birth vaginally. Please talk to your doctor to determine whether vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) is a safe option for you.

We encourage you to tell us your labor and delivery preferences well in advance of your expected delivery. We’ll work hard to help you carry out your wishes, never losing sight of the health and safety of you and your baby.

Center features

  • Private labor and delivery rooms that look and feel like home with plenty of space for your partner and family
  • Sleeping accommodations so your partner can stay at your side
  • Registered Nurses schooled in the latest breastfeeding techniques
  • Board-certified lactation consultants to help you with complex breastfeeding issues
  • State-of-the-art technology in a comfortable setting
  • Fully equipped surgical suites for cesarean births and complicated deliveries
  • Round-the-clock access to dedicated obstetricians, pediatricians and anesthesiologists
  • Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for premature and severely ill newborns

Mother and baby care

Once your newborn arrives, you'll move to a private room in our mother and baby unit. We know this is a very special time for you and your baby to bond.

We facilitate bonding between parents and newborns by:

  • Keeping your baby in your room with you and your family at all times to promote bonding during the first few days of life
  • Support from our experienced nursing staff who have special training to help you learn how to breastfeed
  • Board-certified lactation consultants to help with more challenging breastfeeding issues

Additional services

  • Newborn and self-care education from compassionate and experienced nurses
  • Wireless Internet access
  • A sophisticated infant security system
  • Celebratory lullaby played to announce your newborn's birth to the entire hospital

High-risk care

In the rare event you or your baby need specialized care during or after your labor and delivery, you can take comfort in knowing we're prepared to help you through it.

The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at John Muir Health is a world-class Level III NICU. Level III NICUs care for extremely premature and critically ill newborns. Learn more about our intensive care nursery

Take a tour of our Family Birth Center

There’s no better way to get to know us than to take a tour. It's a great opportunity to meet your healthcare team, ask questions, view our private birthing rooms and see delivery doctors and nurses in action. When your delivery day comes, you’ll feel right at home.

Tours are available twice a month. Register online for one today or call (925) 941-7900.

Pre-Register for your stay

Register ahead of time for your delivery by completing our registration form.