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Family Birth Center

When it's time to say your first hello to your baby, do it at St. John's Regional Medical Center. Our experienced team combines technology and comfort to assist and support you through the birth of your child. From prenatal care to post-partum support, St. John's has something to offer.

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Take a Maternity Tour

Where you choose to deliver your baby is one of the first big decisions you’ll make as a parent. See for yourself why St. John’s Family Birth Center is the perfect place to welcome your new bundle of joy.

To schedule an in-person Maternity Tour, please call us at (805) 988-2784.



St. John’s Regional Medical Center is proud to house the ONLY Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in Ventura County with all 20-private suites, twice the size of our previous NICU. Our state-of-the-art facility is equipped with the latest technology and offers additional capabilities and comforts for both baby and family. Our experienced team of health care professionals offer a full range of specialized services to care for the tiniest of patients. 

Maternal-Fetal Medicine

Maternal-fetal medicine is a type of specialty care for women with high-risk pregnancies. Your doctor may recommend a maternal-fetal medicine specialist (often called an MFM doctor) to provide you with personalized care until you give birth. An MFM doctor is an OB/GYN doctor with advanced training in caring for women and their unborn babies during a high-risk pregnancy.

At Dignity Health, providing maternal-fetal medicine is a team effort. It involves your doctor and specialists who work together to ensure you have a healthy pregnancy and a safe delivery.

Family Birth Center Services

Childbirth and Expectant Parents Classes

We know you’re filled with anticipation, excitement, and questions about what to expect before, during, and after your baby is born. At St. John's Regional Medical Center, we help you live a whole-hearted life by providing a variety of classes and resources to support your physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Find out when you can join us, below.

Breastfeeding Education and Support

We promote the health of mothers and newborns by supporting breastfeeding. Our Lactation Services Team includes certified lactation consultants and lactation educators who offer breastfeeding education, support and counseling so that breastfeeding can be a rewarding experience for both mother and baby.

Sacred Hour

After your baby arrives, we provide quiet time known as The Sacred Hour in Labor and Delivery. Your baby will be placed skin-to-skin to get to know you. It is the time for introductions and first, “oohs and ahs,” the counting of fingers, toes, and trying to figure out hair and eye color. No matter if you have a vaginal delivery or a cesarean section, we will do our utmost to ensure that your baby gets the best start possible and help you to enjoy skin-to-skin contact safely and for as long as you’d like.

Every expectant mom needs peace of mind knowing she’ll receive the best possible care when the big day arrives. That’s why we offer 24-Hour Obstetrical and Gynecological Services.

Board Certified OB Laborists remain on-site 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to provide consistent care when an obstetrician is unavailable or en route to the hospital. They treat patients in the hospital, and provide emergency care to those arriving in Labor and Delivery regardless of time, complication, circumstance or insurance status.

Pregnant women should have complete trust in the quality of care provided by their entire care team during their Labor and Delivery process. Ensuring sufficient pain management throughout labor and delivery is absolutely essential. You can have complete confidence in the expertise of our facility's Board Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA), who are available on-site 24/7, every day of the year. Their presence ensures immediate access to epidurals and emergency care, providing mothers with the assurance that their comfort and safety are our top priorities.

At the St. John’s hospitals’ Maternity and Birth Center, we offer each mom-to-be a private suite where you and your labor partner can await your child’s birth in a comfortable, safe and private setting. Each LDR suite is specially outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment. All of our nurses have advanced fetal monitoring education and are neonatal resuscitation certified. 

Two fully-equipped cesarean section (C-section) suites are located within the Labor and Delivery Unit, providing you and your physician the comfort of knowing that the suites can be accessed immediately, if necessary.

Our private Mother-Baby suites are designed so that your baby can be with you during your entire stay. This special time together gives you an opportunity to get to know your baby’s cues within an intimate, nurturing environment. Each private room includes partner seating/sleep furnishing, a bathroom and shower. If your baby requires phototherapy for jaundice during your hospitalization, your baby will not be separated from you, and phototherapy will take place right in your room.

Aromatherapy is available to moms during labor to help with relaxation. 

For your convenience, wireless internet is available throughout our facilities.

My baby app

My Baby pregnancy app

You’re taking the right steps towards a healthy pregnancy. With the My Baby pregnancy app, you can track your baby’s development, look up symptoms and issues and more. Download the app today.

Online Patient Registration

We want your birth day to be focused on you. That’s why we ask expecting moms to complete all of the necessary registration paperwork in advance. Please complete the pre-admission application by your seventh month—or return it with the necessary information to the Admitting Department by mail or in person.

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Birthing Options

A birth plan is a written document that outlines your preferences for labor and birth. Whether you have just an idea of what you want your birth plan to look like, or you’ve got it all planned out, Dignity Health can help make your labor and delivery experience the best it can be.

Most people use the term natural childbirth to refer to the process of going through labor and birth without the use of pain medication or other medical interventions. There are a variety of reasons why a woman would choose to pursue a natural childbirth.

A vaginal birth is one in which the baby passes through the birth canal, or vagina. It is the usual, natural birth process, and babies are typically delivered vaginally unless your doctor finds a medical reason for delivery by Cesarean section (C-section) instead.

A cesarean birth is surgery to deliver a baby through incisions in the mother’s abdomen and womb. At Dignity Health, a cesarean birth is considered when your doctor feels it is the safest delivery option for the mother, the baby, or both.

If you have had a cesarean delivery (also called a C-section) before, St. John's supports your decision to deliver your next baby vaginally. When medically indicated as safe by your physician, the option of vaginal birth after previous cesarean delivery is now available to you. This is called vaginal birth after cesarean, or VBAC. Our certified nurse-midwives are specialists in vaginal birth after cesareans and have received national recognition for their success in this procedure.

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