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Hazel Hawkins Birth Center

Nurturing Your Newborn with Compassionate, Attentive Maternal/Child Care

Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital welcomes hundreds of newborns every year in our Labor & Delivery unit in the Birthing Center. This spacious, modern medical facility offers a welcoming environment in which families can welcome their babies with just the right blend of comfort and technology to help support them. Our facility’s hotel-like amenities are perfect for new moms. Everything new mothers need is provided in these rooms, like a personal hygiene toiletries kit, plush terry cloth towels in a private bathroom, wall-mounted hair dryers in all rooms, Wi-Fi access, coffee services, a special gourmet dinner, and free on-call massage services.

Our Birthing Center includes:

  • Six 19’x19’ private, spacious birthing suites with amenities to accommodate family members and visitors
  • Hotel-like amenities for mom
  • State-of-the-art operating suite and recovery room for C-section delivery patients
  • Two nurses stations
  • Newborn nursery
  • 2-story Atrium lobby and waiting area

All newborns will get to stay in the room with their mothers, and your baby will only be taken to our nursery if they are in need of additional medical care or when the mother cannot give her full attention to the infant, such as when she wants to take a shower or nap and there is no available family member to watch the baby. Your baby will be carefully monitored by our medical team in the nursery until mom is available again.

As infant security is of the utmost importance, we’ve installed the Hugs® infant protection system to safeguard infants from the threat of abduction. This system is configured to operate in a number of ways to readily support our existing security systems. Each infant wears a comfortable, unobtrusive Hugs tag attached by a soft, tamper-proof ankle strap. The computer console displays floor plans of the facility showing tag locations with monitored areas and doors indicated. Alarms are generated if the strap is cut or tampered with, if the infant is moved to an unauthorized zone, or if the tag’s signal is no longer detected.

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Childbirth Education Program: Valuable Information for Soon-to-Be Parents

Learning about childbirth topics can help you prepare for this very important event in your life. These classes are taught by a registered nurse in a comfortable, respectful class environment. Expectant parents are introduced to plenty of topics they should be aware of before the day they are born. Some of these subjects we teach include signs of preterm labor, onset and stages of true labor, pain theories, and comfort measures. You will also learn breathing and relaxation techniques to assist you during the labor process. Possible medical interventions such as induction, pain medications, epidural, and Caesarean section births (C-section) will be presented.

Part of our comprehensive course includes education on newborn appearance, breastfeeding basics, standard newborn care, car seat installation and cord blood banking. Our staff’s goal is to help you feel more confident as you approach your special day when you bring your precious child into this world. Classes are held once per week over 4 consecutive weeks.

Childbirth Education Class Schedule 2024

Location: HHMH Women's Center - 2nd Floor Horizon Room

January 20 - 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

February 7, 14, 28 - 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

March 9 - 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

April 3, 10, 17 - 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

May 18 - 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

June 5, 12, 19 - 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

July 20 - 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

August 7, 14, 21 - 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

September 21 - 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

October 2, 9, 16 - 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

November 16 - 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

December No Class

Register for a Childbirth Education Class here!

Measuring Quality

Hospitals measure quality and safety through monitoring key performance metrics. The data below demonstrates some of our improvement projects that show the excellent patient care we provide in comparison to state and national benchmarks.

Cesarean Section Rate

Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital has a lower Cesarean Section Rate than the California average for First Deliveries by promoting vaginal birth through labor positioning, reducing inductions without medical reason, and physician standardized definitions for labor progress.

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Skin to Skin at Delivery and Breastfeeding First Hour of Life

The Golden Hour is a critical time when a newborn is placed on the mom skin-to-skin and fed within the first hour of life. It is uninterrupted time. There are many benefits to skin-to-skin and early breastfeeding. For the baby, it can stabilize heartbeat and breathing, more successful long-term breastfeeding, and quicker body temperature adjustment after delivery. Mom benefits from an increase in hormones that helps lower her blood pressure and stress levels, decrease post-delivery bleeding and produce more milk for breastfeeding. Support for skin-to-skin and breastfeeding in the first hour of life has been proven to increase success with exclusive breastfeeding.

skin to skin graph

Exclusive Breastfeeding - Baby Friendly

Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital is moving forward with the requirements to be designated as a Baby Friendly Hospital. This process involves educating moms on breastfeeding, supporting their choices, making skin-to-skin at delivery the culture, even with cesarean sections, and encouraging breastfeeding within the golden hour. Measuring improvements in exclusive breastfeeding rate is one of the requirements to achieve Baby Friendly designation.

Breast Feeding First Hour of Life Graph

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Birthing Center Patient Testimonial

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