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Togetherness and bonding

The Dignity Health Family Birth Center is committed to
providing the best care to moms and their babies.


Family Birth Center

Welcoming a baby into the world is one of life's greatest joys. St. Joseph's Family Birth Center is happy to help you usher in your new little bundle of joy and get them off to a healthy start.

Maternity care

At St. Joseph’s Medical Center, our way of caring for you and your baby is designed to encourage togetherness and bonding, to teach you baby care skills, and to support you in those first important hours after the birth of your child. We call our method “Mother-Baby Care” because our doctors, nurses and other members of our childbirth team provide care for both you and your baby together.


Our birthing center features:

  • Private labor and delivery and recovery suites
  • Private mother-baby suites 
  • Two fully-equipped cesarean section suites
  • 24-hour obstetrical services
  • Neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), Level III
  • Lactation consultant
  • Social worker
  • Sleeper couches and televisions in each room
  • Separate waiting area for families
  • Welcome tote filled with essentials for baby
  • Signature Dignity Health hydration bottle
  • Rejuvenating spa products
  • Aromatherapy to aid with relaxation
  • Hostess to take meal orders at the bedside
  • Freshly baked cookies delivered each afternoon
  • Free WiFi

As San Joaquin County's first Baby-Friendly® designated hospital, we focus on giving breastfeeding mothers the information, confidence, and skills needed to successfully initiate and continue breastfeeding their babies. The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative is a global program to encourage and recognize hospitals and birthing centers that offer an optimal level of care for breastfeeding.


Learn more

We also offer a series of prenatal and parenthood classes and resources.


Family Birth Center virtual tour

Please view the current visitation guidelines here


Our goal is to make your arrival to our facility as smooth as possible. We encourage you to pre-register, so that you can save time and be better prepared for your visit to our facility. Pre-register by completing our online form or by calling our Admitting and Registration Office at (209) 467-6470 or (209) 467-6304.

What to bring on the big day

Before the big day, pack a bag with everything you think you'll need at the hospital, so that you're ready to go soon as your baby's ready to arrive. Click the link below for our list of birth essentials to help get you started.

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More information

To find out more about our maternity services, please call (888) 528-1469.

Prenatal and parenthood classes and resources

Having a baby brings many new changes for moms-to-be as well as other family members. Our prenatal classes and resources will help you to feel more prepared, comfortable, and at ease as you welcome your new baby into the world.

Maternal emotional wellness

Emotional wellness is an essential component to the care that we provide our mothers here at Dignity Health. 

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

We’ve put together the answers to a number of frequently asked questions. If you don’t find the information you’re looking for here, please don’t hesitate to ask!