Pregnancy & Birth - PIH Health - Whittier, CA

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Pregnancy & Birth

Planning for a healthy baby starts even before you’re pregnant. The doctors at PIH Health known as OB/GYNs make sure you’re in your best physical health to conceive and carry a baby. OB stands for obstetricians, doctors who take care of women during pregnancy and deliver babies. GYN means gynecologists, doctors who care for the special needs of women, including sexual and reproductive health.

What Sets Us Apart

Whether you’re expecting your first baby or adding to your family, you’ll find everything you need at the Ruth B. Shannon Maternity Care Center at our Whittier campus and the Family Birthing Center at our Downey campus.

Pregnancy Care

Our compassionate experts can see you for all your prenatal care needs, including regular exams and testing, such as ultrasounds to hear your baby’s heartbeat or see a picture of your developing baby. Most pregnancies go as planned, but if complications arise, our Perinatal Center provides specialized care for high-risk pregnancies.

Education and Support

As you prepare for the big day, choose from a variety of childbirth and parenting education classes—available to you as a member of our community, no matter where you’re planning to have your baby. Tours of the maternity center are available each month. We also offer breastfeeding education and support groups to help get your family off to the best possible start.

See classes for expectant and new parents.

Skilled Medical Team

Our doctors, nurses and other medical professionals treat you like family, caring for you during pregnancy, guiding you through childbirth and supporting you after your baby is born.

When it comes to your health and safety, you and your baby are in good hands. All of our doctors are board-certified in obstetrics, meaning they’ve passed a specialty exam after successfully completing additional training in their field. All of our labor and delivery nurses maintain current advanced fetal monitor, advanced cardiac life support (ACLS), neonatal resuscitation (NRP) and basic life support certifications.

Advanced Technology

We invest in the latest technology to support healthy moms and healthy babies:

  • Advanced ultrasound imaging and fetal monitoring
  • Centralized fetal monitor surveillance systems
  • Remote access for physicians to view real-time fetal monitoring and documentation
  • Staff fully-trained to handle obstetrical emergencies

24/7 Care

Babies don’t follow a planned schedule, so it’s nice to know that a PIH Health doctor is immediately available to help you any time of the day or night, seven days a week.

Labor & Delivery

You’ll feel right at home in our beautiful maternity area. Our labor/delivery/recovery (LDR) rooms and private suites offer a comfortable place for bonding between mother, partner and baby during your entire stay. All rooms at PIH Health Hospital - Whittier include:

  • Private bathrooms and showers
  • Television, with a newborn education channel in English and Spanish
  • Recliner or sofa bed for significant other to rest
  • Rocking chair
  • Table and two chairs

If you have a cesarean birth (C-section)—where your baby is delivered through an incision in your belly—our special operating rooms are right in the labor and delivery area of the hospital. An anesthesiologist is also available around the clock so a C-section can get going quickly if one is needed.  We also offer Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC) which results in less scaring on the uterus, less pain after delivery and fewer days in the hospital.

Check out our online Health Library for useful information about labor and delivery.

Bonding with Your Baby

The first hour after birth is very special for you and your baby. Experts call it the golden hour—a time for bonding with your baby without distractions. We’ll help you and your partner experience this golden hour with your little one, placing your baby on your chest and providing support for breastfeeding. Most moms are able to bond with their babies directly after a C-section, too.

Once you’ve had this time together, your baby will go to the transitional nursery for the first bath and routine care before returning to your room. For the rest of your stay, you’ll receive couplet care—meaning care for the two of you as you bond and prepare to go home.

If you choose to breastfeed, you’ll get all the help and encouragement you need from our classes, weekly support groups and our experienced, expert lactation team.

Babies with Special Needs

Because your baby’s health is your biggest priority, you’ll be reassured to know that we have neonatal intensive care for babies who are born early or who have special medical needs. Learn more about our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

Contact Us

Call today to learn more about the wide range of pregnancy and childbirth services available at PIH Health.

The general number for Women’s Health is 562.967.2876. You may also call the offices directly.

Women's Center Downey
562.904.5151

Women’s Center La Mirada
562.789.5453

Women’s Center Whittier
562.789.5440