Childbirth at the Family Birth Center
The birth of your baby is one of the most exciting events in your life, and we want to make it special and joyful. Community Hospital is Monterey County’s trusted leader in childbirth for nearly 85 years.
Family Birth Center features
The Family Birth Center, our maternity area, has 13 rooms equipped for labor, delivery, recovery, and mother-baby care. With everything in one place, you and your support person can stay in your room before, during, and after your delivery. You and your loved ones will enjoy a calm and therapeutic environment - we’ve been named one of the most beautiful hospitals in the world.
Features and amenities
- Spacious, private rooms, each with its own bathroom and shower, and TV
- Mobile fetal monitoring, so you can walk, shower, and move around during your labor - we encourage it!
- High-speed Wi-Fi internet access
- A daybed, so your spouse or support person can stay with you
- Excellent food from our chef and the Fountain Court Café (try the milkshakes!)
- Birthing support items such as peanut balls, birthing stool, and squat bar
- Experienced nurses, to work with you and your doctor to help achieve the birth experience you hope to have
- Un-medicated births welcomed and supported
- Breastfeeding guidance
- Safe, pasteurized donor milk if you are unable to breastfeed
- An intermediate intensive care nursery and a neonatologist, for premature or seriously ill babies
- We're BABY FRIENDLY™: This is a special designation from UNICEF and the World Health Organization that means we have adopted practices that offer mothers help and information to gain the skills and confidence for successful breastfeeding.
Tours and classes
While we would like to give you an in-person tour of our center, as a precautionary measure, we are not offering tours during the COVID-19 pandemic.
"Our visit was unforgettable because we welcomed our first child into the world. We couldn’t have imagined a better, safer, more professional experience. Thank you!"
- A new mom
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q. Do you like your patients to have birth plans?
A. We encourage moms to communicate their birth preferences, to address many of the common questions and issues that arise. We will work hard to meet your needs and wishes. Knowing that things don’t always go according to plan, we appreciate your flexibility when it comes to your and your baby’s safety.
Q. Do you allow moms to walk around during labor?
A. Yes! We encourage moms to walk around, and even have mobile, waterproof monitoring to make it easy and safe. If you would like to take a shower during labor, we can help you do so in your private bathroom.
Q. Do you require patients to have epidurals or other pain medication?
A. We support both non-medicated and medicated births. If you do need or want pain medication, we will safely provide it.
Q. Do you perform vaginal birth after cesarean (VBACs)?
A. At this time, Community Hospital’s Family Birth Center does not perform VBACs. We promote the safe delivery of all babies, and VBACs can be done safely if done in a facility that meets all criteria, which include physician and staff training, and 24-hour anesthesia, OBGYN and pediatric availability. Currently, VBACs are done at two other local hospitals. We continue to assess the feasibility of providing VBACs to the community, but at this time we are not planning to implement this practice.
Q. How does your cesarean rate compare to the state and national averages?
A. Our total C-section rate is 27.9 percent and includes both repeat and primary cesarean sections for 2019. This is below the state average of 31.4 percent and national average of 31.9 percent, as of 2018. We continue to strive to meet the goal of Healthy People 2020 of less than 24%.
Q. Do I get to stay with my baby?
A. Babies stay with their moms unless it is medically necessary for them to be in our nursery, which is part of the Family Birth Center. Parents are welcome and encouraged to stay with a baby who is moved to the nursery. We also provide boarder rooms for parents to stay free of charge if their baby requires an extended stay in the nursery, after mom is discharged, if a room is available.
Q. Do you have breastfeeding support?
A. Yes. we are officially a Baby-Friendly® hospital, a designation by UNICEF and the World Health Organization, earned through our commitment to successful breastfeeding. We have experienced lactation consultants on our staff. If you are unable to breastfeed or to meet your baby’s needs, we have safe, pasteurized breast milk available.
Education is key to help you through your pregnancy and delivery and after the birth of your baby. We encourage you to review these easy-to-use sections: