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Private birthing suites

At Dignity Health, 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.

Memorial Hospital (Bakersfield)

Memorial Hospital offers wireless fetal monitoring so mothers can shower or walk around the unit while in labor. The unit also has equipment and techniques to help mothers labor more effectively, and the Helen Taylor Cobbs Children’s Healing Garden, complete with fountains and animal topiaries, near the Labor and Delivery unit to keep siblings happy.

Take a virtual tour of Memorial Hospital's birth center

Mercy Hospital Southwest (Bakersfield)

At Mercy Hospital Southwest, the Family Birth Center suites are designed for the comfort and care of you and your baby. The private suites are spacious and modern, featuring adjustable beds and a bathroom with a shower, as well as state-of-the-art fetal monitoring systems among other equipment necessary to provide quality care for you and your baby. Each suite also includes comfortable pull-out furniture for an overnight guest and free WiFi.

The Family Birth Center at Mercy Hospital Southwest offers tours of the unit, as well as other maternity classes, including childbirth preparation and breastfeeding.

Take a virtual tour of Mercy Hospital Southwest’s Family Birth Center

Mercy Medical Center (Merced)

The Family Birth Center’s spacious, private rooms support your needs through every stage of birth, from labor and delivery to recovery and postpartum. Soothing decor and a relaxing atmosphere are complemented by the latest technology, including the award-winning Panda Warmer, which allows newborns to remain comfortably at their mother's bedside while it monitors the baby’s vitals, including breathing, body temperature, and weight.

The family-friendly amenities in each room include a comfortable glider rocker, private bathroom and shower, plus a sofa for lounging or sleeping visitors.

Take a virtual tour of Mercy Medical Center's Family Birth Center

St. Joseph's Medical Center (Stockton)

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 birth center features private rooms with private bathrooms and showers, sleeper couches, and even freshly baked cookies delivered each afternoon.

Take a virtual tour of St. Joseph's Medical Center's Family Birth Center

Learn more about the Lauren Small Children's Center

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.

Read Lauren's story

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