Labor & Delivery (The BirthPlace)
Why choose UCLA Health for labor and delivery?
At our two BirthPlace locations, specialists provide family-centered, high-quality labor and delivery care in warm and friendly environments. Our goal is to ensure you have a safe and comfortable birth experience that you cherish.
When you choose our birth centers, you can expect:
Complete care: Our two locations are among the most comprehensive birthing centers in Southern California. Access to the latest technology means we can care for patients with complex conditions and high-risk pregnancies. If needed, we have on-site neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) in both Westwood and Santa Monica to provide specialty care for your newborn.
Comfortable environment: We designed our private rooms to recreate the feeling of a hotel room or your home. Throughout your stay, we aim to keep you and your baby together as much as possible to encourage bonding. Our suites are designed for you to labor, deliver and recover in one comfortable location.
Convenient check-ins: Before your labor and delivery, we have you complete all your preadmission registration. This means that when you arrive at the hospital, you can check in quickly without worrying about paperwork.
Smooth transitions: At UCLA Health, our top-quality OB/GYN physicians practice at many locations throughout the greater Los Angeles region so that you can experience world-class care, close to home. Often, you can connect with your UCLA Health pediatrician or family doctor before you give birth so that you experience a seamless transition into newborn care.
We provide an array of services to help you have the smoothest birth experience and transition to parenthood as possible. Highlights of our services include:
24/7 laborists and anesthesiologists: Laborists are board-certified, hospital-based obstetricians who can manage your labor until your OB/GYN arrives. We also have anesthesiologists available 24/7 to ensure you have access to pain management options that will keep you comfortable.
Access to NICU care: Our aim is always to ensure you and your baby stay healthy and safe. If any birth complications occur, we have a Level II NICU on-site in Santa Monica and a Level III NICU on-site in Westwood to provide high-level care for critically ill babies.
Lactation consultations: Nurses and International Board-Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs) work directly with new moms, who also have access to a range of support groups and postnatal classes.
Nurse midwives: If desired, you can work with a midwife in our Santa Monica location. Nurse midwives create a safe environment that uses little, if any technological intervention.
Prenatal testing lab: If your baby needs special monitoring during your pregnancy, you can receive all the services and diagnostic tests you need at your appointment. Having these services on-site means you won’t need to travel elsewhere to access the specialized care your baby needs.
Support groups and classes: We offer a variety of online classes to help you prepare for childbirth, breastfeeding and parenting. Support groups allow you to connect with other parents, share insights and discuss parenting topics.
Conditions we treat
Ideally, your labor and delivery will occur without complications. However, if problems do arise, we have the technology and expertise to care for you and your baby.
We provide treatment for:
Cephalopelvic disproportion: When your baby’s head is too large to fit through your pelvis.
Fetal distress: Refers to any sign that your baby is in danger, typically when a fetus is not getting enough oxygen.
Perineal tears: Vaginal tears that occur when the vagina cannot adequately stretch around the baby’s head during birth.
Placenta previa (low-lying placenta): When the placenta covers the opening to your cervix. Many women with placenta previa need a cesarean section.
Preterm labor: When labor begins before 37 weeks of pregnancy.
Shoulder dystocia: When one or both of the baby’s shoulders get stuck behind the mother’s pubic bone during delivery.
Uterine rupture: A rare condition where the uterus tears and the baby slips into the space in the mother’s abdomen. The space, called the peritoneal cavity, contains organs such as the liver and the stomach.
Treatments we offer
Women who give birth at a UCLA Health maternity center have access to expert treatments to help them deliver safely and smoothly. Treatments we offer include:
Pain management during labor
Our dedicated in-house anesthesiologists are available 24/7 to provide pain management during labor, including:
- Intravenous (IV) medications
- We also assist women with holistic pain management strategies, including:
- Directed breathing
- Essential oils
We have dedicated operating rooms for both scheduled and emergency cesarean sections.
High-risk pregnancy and newborn care
Maternal fetal medicine specialists care for pregnant women who have a higher risk of complications. The specialists in our NICUs work seamlessly with our labor and delivery team to care for babies who need specialized treatments.
Meet our team
Our specialists provide expert care with warmth and compassion. We use the latest technology and treatments to keep you and your baby as healthy and safe as possible. Our goal is that your birth experience is an event that you cherish for many years to come.