Childbirth - Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula

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Childbirth at the Family Birth Center

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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

Your stay

  • 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!)
  • Comfortable family waiting area with easy access to the cafe, parking, gift shop, and additional hospital amenities

Medical support

  • 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 classes and 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

Tours and classes

Tour the Family Birth Center

Birth and parenting occur with greater ease, comfort, and joy when parents know what to expect. To help you get to know us, we offer a free tour and orientation of the Family Birth Center, led by an experienced labor and delivery nurse.

Schedule a tour now

Breastfeeding success classes

Learn how to get breastfeeding off to a good start for you and your baby. Join nurse educators and other expectant mothers to learn about prenatal preparation, nutrition, problem prevention, and strategies for success.

Register here

Lactation support services

For lactation support service, call 831-625-4987



"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 allow doulas in the birth center?

A. Yes, doulas and labor coaches can have a positive impact on the well-being of the whole family. Your nurses and doctor will focus on the health of mother and baby and any necessary diagnosis or treatment decisions.

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 offer a free class and 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.

Resources

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:

Contact Us

Family Birth Center
(831) 625-4773
Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

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23625 Holman Highway
Monterey, CA 93940

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Lactation Support Services
(831) 625-4987


Patient Billing Services
(831) 625-4910
Monday - Friday 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.

40 Ryan Court, Suite 100
Monterey, CA 93940

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