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  • A Lifelong Love Begins Here


    If you’re planning for a new arrival,
    you’ve come to the right place. 

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Maternity Care at Mercy and Memorial Hospitals


Life’s first hellos start here. Memorial Hospital’s and Mercy Hospital Southwest’s award-winning birth centers are well-known for outstanding care of mothers and their newborns. We believe that bringing a new life into the world means supporting you every step of the way. Let’s deliver humankindness—together.

Private Birthing Suites

At Memorial Hospital and Mercy Hospital Southwest, we work closely with you to make giving birth safe and comfortable. Our hospitals feature large, modern birthing suites where state-of-the-art equipment is balanced with home-like features, including a comfortable place for dad or other family members to rest.

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Designed for Safety and Comfort

We want your birth experience to be as comfortable as possible. Your pain will be monitored closely and options for pain control will be available to you. For mothers-to-be that are planning to have an epidural, there is an anesthesiologist in-house—not just on call—24-hours a day who can respond quickly when it’s time.

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  • Award-Winning Labor and Delivery


    Memorial Hospital and Mercy Hospital Southwest received seven national awards in 2017 from Healthgrades, including 5-star achievement for performance in OB/GYN Care.

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Baby-Friendly Designation

Both Memorial Hospital and Mercy Hospital Southwest are Baby-Friendly® Hospitals. These designations, received from Baby-Friendly USA, mark the highest accreditation for birth centers. Baby-Friendly hospitals are recognized worldwide for their superb infant bonding and breastfeeding practices in their birthing units.

Learn more about our Baby-Friendly designations here.

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

If your baby is born prematurely or with a serious illness, Memorial Hospital and Mercy Hospital Southwest have Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs) just steps away from our birth centers. Specially trained NICU doctors and nurses use state-of-the-art equipment to care for every need of the tiniest of newborns. 

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Lactation Support Center

The Lactation Support Center at Mercy Hospital Southwest is Bakersfield’s first center to offer a full scope of resources for breastfeeding women. The retail store is filled with items made especially for breastfeeding mothers that are available for purchase. We also offer breast pump rentals and the personalized support of our trained staff.

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Birth and Parenting Classes

We are committed to helping you be the best parent you can be—think of us as your wellness partner before, during, and after pregnancy. We offer parenting and childbirth classes for moms-to-be and their partners. Our childbirth classes will help you prepare for the new addition to your family, starting with the experience of giving birth. The more you know, the more relaxed you will be when the time comes. Parenting classes will give you the knowledge and skills you will need to confidently care for your baby. 

Learn more about our parenting and childbirth classes:

Classes at Memorial Hospital
Classes at Mercy Hospital Southwest

Reasons for Seeing an Obstetrician

When it comes to you and your baby’s health, you want only the very best medical care. An obstetrician can help guide and support you through all aspects of pregnancy and delivery, including counseling on pain relief, vaginal bleeding in pregnancy, and delivery methods.

Specifically, obstetricians can help with:

Maternity Services at Mercy and Memorial Hospitals

We offer a wide range of OB/GYN services at our hospitals, birth centers, and outpatient care clinics, including:

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 as soon as your baby is ready to arrive. Click the link below for our list of birth essentials to help get you started.

Click here for a printable list.

Considering Having a Baby

If you’re considering having a baby, take a moment to read these health tips for getting pregnant, then meet with a provider at Dignity Health Mercy and Memorial Hospitals for personalized care. Your maternity team may include your obstetrician, family medicine doctor, maternal-fetal medicine doctor, and a midwife or neonatologist.

To find an OB/GYN, please call 661.324.7070 or use our Find a Doctor search tool..