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Labor and Delivery Care

With your birth plan as our guide, our Labor and Delivery teams are here to help make your baby’s birth the experience you want it to be. We’ll work closely with you to support your choices, such as un-medicated or medicated labor and the use of birthing balls, music and other relaxation aids. We strive for a vaginal delivery and only recommend a C-section if your health or your baby’s health is at risk.

In our Labor and Delivery, you can expect:

Support for your birth plan

Our team partners with you to support your birth plan choices, including:

Comfort management during labor available 24 hours a day

For women who desire a medicated labor or require a C-section, our obstetric anesthesia service is always available in Labor and Delivery. Our obstetric anesthesiologists have undergone additional, specialized training to provide comfort for women during childbirth. We’re one of a select group of Centers of Excellence for anesthesia care of obstetric patients certified by the Society for Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology.

Immediate access to specialty care

The majority of mothers who deliver here have healthy pregnancies and uncomplicated deliveries. However, if additional care is required for you or your baby:

  • Our High-Risk Obstetrics team specializes in providing the most advanced, nurturing care for complex health problems
  • Our Neonatology team provides nationally-recognized care for newborn babies with critical or special care needs

Stanford Medicine pediatric specialists at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford and adult specialists at Stanford Hospital & Clinics can be easily accessed if needed.