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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently asked questions about Dominican Hospital’s Birth Center for you and your family.

How Do I Register?

Visit the hospital's Admitting/Registration department at least 48 hours prior to your hospital stay to fill out the appropriate paperwork or pre-register online. For questions about pre-registration, or to register over the phone, call (831) 462-7703.

Where Should We Go When We Arrive at the Hospital in Labor?

The main hospital entrance, off Soquel Drive, is open 6:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. If the main entrance is closed, please follow the signs to the Emergency Department entrance.

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

Does Dominican Encourage Skin-to-Skin?

Yes, we encourage skin-to-skin with your newborn. This provides a unique opportunity for initial bonding with your newborn baby within the first hour of birth. While skin-to skin 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.

Does The Hospital Encourage Breastfeeding?

One of the most important choices a new parent makes is how to feed their newborn. At Dignity Health, our physicians, nurses and breastfeeding support specialists are here to help you make the best choice for you and your family. 

Our approach to infant feeding is guided by compassion, research, real-world experiences and the infant's and family's unique needs. It’s designed to help all families thrive, supporting both breastfeeding families and those who make an informed choice not to breastfeed. Learn More.