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To help you prepare for your baby’s arrival at Dominican, here are the most frequently asked questions about our Birth Center.

Birth Center Frequently Asked Questions


Complete the pre-admission form on the Admitting/Registration page within 48 hours prior to your hospital stay to save time and so we can be ready for your visit. For questions about pre-registration, call 831.462.7703.


The main entrance, off Soquel Drive, is open 6:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. Please use the Emergency Department entrance when the main entrance is closed.

Complimentary valet is available Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.


Yes, we offer skin-to-skin care. This provides a unique opportunity for initial bonding with your newborn baby within the first hour of birth. While skin-to skin-care is especially beneficial in facilitating breastfeeding, non-breastfeeding parents are also encouraged to participate in this special time.

For vaginal deliveries: This begins immediately after birth. Newborn birth medications, weight/length measurements, and first bath happens after baby’s first feeding/bonding effort.

For cesarean deliveries: At birth there will be a quick examination before the baby can lay on mom’s chest for skin-to-skin care. While the baby waits in the nursery for mom’s arrival in the recovery room, weight and length measurements, assessment, and newborn care are performed. Baby will soon join mom in the recovery room, where skin-to-skin care resumes.


We are a Certified Baby-Friendly Hospital that encourages breastfeeding.

Yes. If you choose to breastfeed, our nursing staff is well trained to help you get started and maintain healthy breastfeeding.

International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC) assist all patients during their hospital stay.


If your baby is premature or requires intensive care, your newborn will be cared for

Our Level III NICU is within our Birth Center and babies are cared for in the NICU by doctors from Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford, and Dominican Hospital nurses who specialize in neonatal care.


Yes. We offer couplet care, which means that your baby stays in the room with you.


Visitors are welcome anytime in the Birth Center with patient’s consent.

All visitors must wash or gel their hands before and after visiting patients.

If you have a fever or cough please do not visit.


The most important thing to bring is an approved infant car seat. During your hospital stay, Dominican Hospital offers free car seat check and installation so you can go home safely.

You will also want to bring a going-home outfit for the baby and perhaps a receiving blanket for extra warmth. As a special gift, Dominican provides a newborn outfit.

Dominican will provide whatever is needed for the baby during your hospital stay, i.e. diapers, t-shirts, blankets. Download and print our helpful guide.


Several options are available, and anesthesia is available 24 hours a day.

Anytime during your labor, an anesthesiologist can discuss pain relief options with you.


After recovering from delivery, moms will transfer to a private postpartum room until they go home with their newborns.


We offer a variety of pre-and-post natal classes, including a prepared childbirth class, designed to help new and experienced parents prepare for childbirth and parenthood.

For listings and to register, visit our Classes and Events page. You may also call 831.457.7099.