Bay Area Babies and Families “Start Strong” at Packard Children’s

Hospital launches engagement that confirms preeminence in caring for expectant moms and their babies

Palo Alto, Calif. --  In an exciting new conversation with the community, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford has discovered families throughout the Bay Area have some very important messages to share.
– “As a new parent, I was very nervous, but the staff kept me calm and supported.”
– “For us, even though everything went without complication, we wanted to have the best access to all the possible care we might need.”
– “I delivered my two children at different hospitals. It was like two different worlds. At Packard Children’s, I was supported by decades of knowledge and expertise—and it made our start so much stronger.”
Since last fall, the hospital’s Johnson Center for Pregnancy and Newborn Services has been asking families why they chose or were choosing to have their baby at Packard Children’s. “Right away, we started noticing a theme,” said Yasser El-Sayed, MD, obstetrician-in-chief at Packard Children’s. “Moms, dads and partners said over and over that Packard Children’s would give their child the best chance to start life strong and healthy.”
The engagement, conducted through social media, mothers clubs, phone calls and hospital classes, “turned out to be a powerful way to learn what we are best at, and if there were areas we could improve,” El-Sayed added. “The testimonials were quite balanced. There were families who said Stanford’s strong reputation for research and innovation led them here. Others said it was because of a prior, world-class experience for another child. And it was no surprise at all to hear families confirm that our team is strongest not just for normal births, but for births that could have complications.”
This led to the launch of a new website,, that provides a roadmap to having a baby at Packard Children’s. It’s yet another innovation for a hospital that delivers nearly 5,000 babies a year and has a neonatology team ranked in America’s top 10. “We’re also home to the lowest C-section rates of any hospital on the Peninsula,” added El-Sayed, “and we support individualized birth plan choices and have a supportive breastfeeding environment.”
Additionally, the site provides information for over a dozen classes designed for every step of becoming a parent, from Prenatal Pilates to Bringing Baby Home to Infant & Child CPR. “We’re really proud of these programs,” said El-Sayed, “and they provide lessons that last a lifetime.”
And the classes and services are not just for moms who want their babies to start strong.
“As a first-time dad, I was anxious,” said one new father, who soaked up just about every class the hospital offered. “But the doctors, nurses and staff were with me all the way through. You could tell they were absolute experts and truly passionate about our family. My wife and I now have strong and healthy twins, and we would not hesitate to return for baby #3.”
To find out more about having a baby at Packard Children’s, visit or call 650-498-BABY.


About Stanford Children’s Health and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford

Stanford Children’s Health, with Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at its core, is the Bay Area’s largest health care enterprise exclusively dedicated to children and expectant mothers. As the top-ranked children’s hospital in Northern California, and one of just 11 nationwide to be named on the 2016-17 U.S. News & World Report Best Children’s Hospitals Honor Roll, Packard Children’s Hospital is a leader in world-class, nurturing care and extraordinary outcomes in every pediatric and obstetric specialty. Stanford Children’s Health offers care ranging from the routine to rare, regardless of a family’s ability to pay. Together with Stanford Medicine physicians, nurses, and staff, Stanford Children’s Health can be accessed through partnerships, collaborations, outreach, specialty clinics and primary care practices at more than 60 locations across Northern California and 100 locations in the U.S. western region. As a non-profit, Stanford Children’s Health is committed to supporting the community – from caring for uninsured or underinsured kids, homeless teens and pregnant moms, to training the next generation of doctors and medical professionals. Celebrating the 25th anniversary of Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital in 2016, Stanford Children’s Health looks forward to the fall 2017 debut of its expanded pediatric and obstetric hospital campus. Discover more at and on the Healthier, Happy Lives blog. Join Stanford Children’s Health on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube.


About Packard Children’s Obstetric Services
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