Labor & Delivery at St. Luke's
At St. Luke’s, we offer spacious labor/delivery/recovery suites for childbirth. We strive to keep mothers and newborns together at all times. Our private rooms include a bathroom, television and sleeper bed for your partner or labor coach. Following delivery, you and your baby will be moved to a private postpartum room for the remainder of your stay. Because your family offers a strong support system, you may elect to have your husband, partner, mother or other family or a friend stay with you during your stay. Our goal is to make you as comfortable as possible, providing a supportive environment and the personal attention you would expect from an excellent community hospital.
We recognize the Bay Area’s diversity and are sensitive to patients’ cultural needs. Many of our staff are bilingual and speak Spanish, Chinese or one of 30 other languages/dialects. Our childbirth team respects patients’ birthing customs, supporting the unique traditions you and your family bring to the celebration of birth.
Every step of the way, we work with you to provide the childbirth experience you desire. Some features offered at our St. Luke’s Campus include:
A Full Range of Pain-Relief Options
We respect women’s choices in labor and offer individualized care for your needs. Pain relief options may include walking, hands-on support and a labor tub, in addition to medications and epidurals. Because various pain-management options have their own unique benefits and side effects, we recommend discussing pain-relief options with your doctor or nurse-midwife prior to active labor. Our anesthesiologist is available 24 hours a day to offer anesthesia should you so desire.
St. Luke's offers a multi-dimensional approach to labor support. Our nurses, nurse-midwives and physicians are all trained in labor support techniques. We also enjoy collaborating with doulas. Doulas are trained labor support professionals who provide physical and emotional support to women in labor. Speak with your provider if you have more questions about our doula program or doulas in general.
Because one’s family and friends are invaluable sources of support, we welcome their involvement during your hospital stay. Similarly, we focus on providing you and your partner with the education and tools you need to care for your newest family member.
Our mother-baby care program supports bonding between mother and infant, with education from our nursing team. Following childbirth, your baby will stay in your room, giving you the opportunity to better understand his or her needs. Your nurse will help you to recognize your baby’s feeding cues, sleeping patterns and temperament so you can be well prepared upon your return home.
Special Care Nursery
Though most mothers and children experience no complications during the birthing process, St. Luke’s has a Special Care Nursery for infants needing special care. If necessary, transport to more extensive perinatology and/or neonatology services at California Pacific Medical Center's California Campus is immediately available.
Our pediatric unit enables sick children to receive needed care close to home. St. Luke’s pediatricians deliver attentive, child-centered care in our emergency department and pediatric unit. A pediatric hospitalist is vailable in-house 24-hours a day to respond to any emergencies and attend any birth that requires their assistance.
Caring for you Throughout your Pregnancy