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. For questions about pre-registration, 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?

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.


Can I Take a Tour of the Birth Center?

Yes, free Birth Center tours are available on a regular basis. Schedule your free tour of the Dominican Hospital Family Birth Center, and discover the many ways we provide comfortable, safe, and secure care for mom and baby.

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. We also offer Spanish speaking tours by appointment - please call 831.465.7948 to make a reservation. 

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