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Comprehensive care for pregnancy

Pregnancy is a new phase in your life. You may have many questions and feel excited, nervous, or scared. Compassionate maternity experts at Dignity Health will help you manage this exciting transition in your life. We offer support and guidance from the time you get pregnant to your labor and delivery.

Whether you’re already pregnant or are preparing for pregnancy, rely on our maternity services at the following locations in Central California:





What are the symptoms of pregnancy?

A missed period is the most common sign of pregnancy. You may also experience:

  • Fatigue
  • Mood swings
  • Nausea and vomiting, which may be worse in the morning (morning sickness)

A positive at-home pregnancy test is also a sign of pregnancy, but it does not confirm whether you are pregnant or not. Your Dignity Health provider can perform the right tests to confirm your pregnancy.


Managing pregnancy complications

Sometimes, health conditions can occur while you’re pregnant. Such complications start sometime during your pregnancy and go away after you give birth.

Our experienced obstetricians treat pregnancy-related complications, including:


Your pregnancy at Dignity Health

From our obstetricians to our nurses and midwives, we’re dedicated to guiding you through a healthy pregnancy. With prenatal testing and maternal-fetal medicine, our experts can diagnose and care for you and your baby’s specific needs. Whether you're having your first or fifth child, our convenient birth and parenting classes can help you have a healthy pregnancy and prepare for a comfortable birth.

Visit one of our hospitals for supportive care throughout your pregnancy and after the birth of your baby.

Dignity Health Central California offers comprehensive care for your pregnancy in Bakersfield, Merced, and Stockton, CA.

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Lauren's Story

The Lauren Small Children's center is named after Lauren Paige Small, a Bakersfield girl who inspired the community through her brave two-year battle with cancer.

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