Golden Hour/Nesting Time
We provide quiet time known as “The Golden Hour” in Labor and Delivery and “Nesting Time” in Postpartum to help parents bond with their new arrivals and make gentle transitions to parenthood. The Golden Hour occurs immediately after your baby’s birth. Nesting Time occurs from 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm and 2:30 am to 4:30 am daily or whenever you want to enjoy private skin-to-skin bonding time with your infant.
- Alternative Birthing Arrangements
- Breastfeeding Support
Our skilled nurses and International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs) will answer your questions about breastfeeding and work directly with you to help ease your transition from hospital to home. We invite you to join any of our free support groups: mother/infant support after discharge, parents with babies in the NICU and pregnant women on bed rest while in the hospital.
- Prenatal, Postpartum Educational Classes
The BirthPlace, Santa Monica offers many classes for expectant parents and postpartum mothers. Classes include childbirth instruction, breastfeeding, infant care, and infant CPR to help you prepare for baby’s arrival and the responsibilities of parenthood. All instructors are certified and have extensive experience in childbirth and parenting education. Additionally, we offer a new Bedside i-Pad program with apps and educational materials.