After Labor and Delivery

Find your care

If you are a new patient seeking prenatal care, please call 310-794-7274. If you are an established patient and need to reach labor and delivery, call 310-825-9111 for Westwood or 424-259-9250 for Santa Monica.

What to Expect After Labor and Delivery

Preparing to Go Home

During your “golden hour” of bonding with your baby, you will begin breastfeeding, skin-to-skin contact and your recovery. After this time, your new family will move to your postpartum room.

The care team on the postpartum unit will continue to provide support by monitoring you and your baby’s vital signs. They will also monitor your bleeding following birth. Comfort care is provided with ice pads, tucks pads and anesthetic spray for your perineum and bottom.

Many people will check on you to provide education and support. You can expect your nurse and care partner (nursing assistant) to check on you during the 24 – 48 hours of your stay.

Additional members of your care team who may check on you include a:

  • Pediatrician (your baby’s doctor) or nurse practitioner to do the newborn exam and discuss this with you
  • Nurse who will do newborn testing
  • Breastfeeding consultant to help you breastfeed
  • Birth certificate clerk
  • Social worker, as needed for providing resources

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Our care team, along with our educational programs and materials, help you prepare for this new chapter of life with your newborn.