Life's first hellos start here.
If you've having a baby, take a birth center tour to explore our hospital, and say hello to our staff and nurses.
Dominican Hospital offers comfortable labor and delivery, recovery and postpartum rooms for you and your family. We know how important it is to have your loved ones around you, especially at this special time of life. Family members can spend the night on a pull-out bed; even siblings can be present during the birth of your new baby, should you desire.
Additional Birth Center Features
Our Birth Center is a locked and secure unit. When you have your baby, your both receive matching armbands. Your chosen support person will also receive an identical band. And your baby will also wear an alarm-activated ankle monitor. While here, you'll receive lactation and breastfeeding support – support that continues even after you're discharged.
- Comfortable overnight sleeping accommodations for your support person
- Free WiFi in the Birth Center and throughout the hospital
- Each labor suite includes a TV, DVD player, stereo, and refrigerator
- Our postpartum rooms have been designed with double beds, a table with chairs, and couches to encourage comfortable “rooming in” with your infant, so your baby can stay in your room to facilitate bonding.
Midwives & Natural Childbirth
At Dominican Hospital, we take “humankindness” seriously, so our certified nurse midwives go the extra mile to ensure every birth is not only a natural one, but a healthy and memorable one too. We believe in providing our moms and families with a warm, safe, and homelike environment, but you are never alone. We are here 24/7, gently supporting you every step of the way, empowering you to have the type of pregnancy and natural birth you desire. Learn More
Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford – Level III NICU
Chances are, your baby will be perfect in every way, but if he or she is premature or requires intensive care, your newborn will receive care right here at Dominican Hospital's 14-bed Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Our NICU provides highly specialized, family centered care for newborns that require extra attention. Learn More
Dedicated to Helping Your New Baby Get HealthyOur dedicated team of board-certified neonatal doctors and highly skilled nursing staff are prepared to meet the unique needs of our smallest patients, from preterm infants, to our full term newborns.
As a Baby-Friendly Hospital™, Dominican prioritizes breastfeeding and skin-to-skin contact, and provides the support and education needed for a successful breastfeeding journey. Learn More
Birth Center Tours
Thinking of starting or adding to your family tree? We invite you to take a free Birth Center tour, where you will view our spacious, private birthing suites, learn what to bring to the hospital, and participate in a group question and answer session.
Our Birth Center tours can accommodate larger families and children upon request. Tours are held twice per month (dates below) and begin at 6 p.m. in the main lobby of Dominican Hospital, 1555 Soquel Drive, Santa Cruz, CA 95065. We also offer Spanish speaking tours by appointment - please call 831.465.7948 to make a reservation.
Tour dates: 1/9, 1/23; 2/6, 2/20; 3/6, 3/20; 4/3, 4/17; 5/1, 5/15, 6/5, 6/19.
Pre-registration is required. For dates and times, and to schedule your free tour, please register through our Classes & Events or call 844.849.2099, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Please leave a message after business hours and we will get back to you the next business day.
Childbirth & Parenting Classes
Prepare For The Arrival of Your Little One
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