Having a baby at Bay Area Hospital
Pregnancy, women and babies are our passion! From the moment you find out you’re pregnant, Bay Area Hospital’s Family Birth Center is there for you. When your healthcare provider tells us you’re expecting, you’ll be contacted by the MOMS (Management of Maternity Services) team. MOMS is a free, voluntary prenatal education program for you and your family. Registered Nurses will answer your questions and provide education, reference materials, emotional support and referrals to community agencies. The same nurses you’ll see in MOMS and in Labor and Delivery offer free comprehensive childbirth education classes.
Before baby arrives
Our prenatal services include ultrasound and fetal testing, when recommended by your doctor or midwife. We encourage you to write down or state your birthing wishes, and we will try our best to accommodate. We aim to help you have the birth you desire, while keeping you and your baby safe. All nurses have had continuing education in labor support, fetal monitoring and lactation support. The labor and delivery unit includes eight suites where women are usually allowed to labor, deliver and recover through their entire stay in the same comfortable room.
Pain relief during labor
Options to assist with pain management in labor include position changes and movement, hydrotherapy, intravenous pain medications and epidurals. Two of our labor suites have Jacuzzi bathtubs, and birthing balls are available.
Bonding with your baby
After your baby is born, bonding is encouraged by keeping mother and baby together as much as possible. If your baby has additional medical needs, a Level II NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) is available adjacent to the birthing suites. Breastfeeding assistance is offered and Certified Lactation Specialists are available for consultation. Our focus is helping you have the happiest, healthiest pregnancy and birth possible. After discharge, a postpartum or home visit is also available to further assist with any additional needs that arise.
Other services for women
Our Women’s Health unit specializes in caring for women undergoing gynecological surgeries or assisting with gynecological medical needs. We have found that by keeping this unit adjacent to maternity services, we are better able to care for the unique needs of women. Registered Nurses educated and specializing in women’s health will assist you in your recovery. Our focus is on holistic care, with the aim of providing excellent physical and emotional care. We encourage feedback from our patients because we want to provide the best care possible!