Preparing for Childbirth

Choosing an OB/GYN

The first step is choosing the right doctor-and here you'll find some of Orange County's most popular and skilled obstetricians. Our board-certified doctors are experts in helping ensure a healthy baby while creating a warm and supportive environment.

To see a complete list of our doctors, click here. For more helping in finding just the right obstetrician, call us at (877) 459-DOCS (3627).

Attend an Open House and Tour

Visit our Childbirth Center and familiarize yourself with the services and innovations we offer, including our popular "Babymoon," rooming-in, lactation experts and more. In addition to touring the two entire floors dedicated to maternity services, you'll also receive important details for your delivery day, including where to park and check-in at the hospital. If possible, plan to attend by your 20th week. To register, click here.

Find Classes to Make Life Easier Before and After Birth

We offer a wide range of classes to not only help you prepare for labor and delivery, and help you succeed in your new role as parents. From breastfeeding workshops to newborn care, we make it easy to learn the skills and get the support you need to help your baby thrive.

You'll even find classes designed to meet the unique needs and questions of new siblings and grandparents. Click here for a complete list of our classes and services.


To make your life a little easier on the day of your delivery, we encourage you to complete your hospital registration form by the 15th week of your pregnancy. Pre-admission forms are available from your obstetrician or click here to download the form.

Please complete and sign the form, including a copy of both sides of your insurance card and mail it to:

St. Jude Medical Center
Attn: Admitting
P.O. Box 4138
Fullerton, CA 92834-9973

Once you've mailed the pre-admission form, all you need to bring to the hospital is your insurance card and any forms required by your insurance company. If you have any questions regarding the pre-registration process, please call us at (714) 992-3000, ext. 3767.

Pack Your Suitcase

By the end of your 36th week, you should have a bag packed and ready to go. Click here to print a list of necessities as well as a few extras that might make your hospital visit more comfortable.

Need to know more about Cesarean Delivery?

If you and your OB/GYN have planned for you to have a C-section, it is important to be prepared. Click here for information on having a cesarean delivery.


When you arrive to deliver your baby, please check-in at the Harbor Lobby and you will be directed to the Labor/Delivery Unit. Use the Emergency Department after 10 p.m. when the main entrances are closed.


Self-parking is available for a maximum of $5 per day. Discounted daily, weekly and monthly passes are available in the Admitting Department.


Labor & Delivery: Patients, in collaboration with their nurse, will determine the number of visitors during the labor and delivery process. The patient's designated significant other will be issued an I.D. band, which needs to be worn during the duration of the stay. The first hour after delivery will be reserved for initial parent-infant bonding and newborn and maternal stabilization, after which family and friends will be invited to meet the baby.

Mother/Baby Unit: To support mother/baby bonding and rest, we ask that visitation be limited to the hours of 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., and 4 - 8 p.m. The patient's designated significant other/support person may remain with the patient to assist with newborn care at all times. Siblings of newborns may visit with adult supervision; however, to ensure rest for new mothers, they are not allowed to remain overnight.

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU): To reduce risk of infection and create a therapeutic environment, only immediate family members are allowed on this unit. Please contact the NICU for more information at (714) 626-8522.

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