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Before Your Visit

Pre-Baby Checklist

Taking care of the things below will help you be more prepared and confident before your big day at the Family Birthing Center.


We suggest that you pre-register for hospital admission by your eighth month of pregnancy. Pre-registering for your hospital visit simplifies checking in when you are possibly in labor and uncomfortable.
Click here to preregister.


For information on prenatal classes and registration, call (559) 624-6012. It is advisable to sign up for classes by your fifth or sixth month of pregnancy. Classes are generally taken so that you complete them 5-6 weeks before your due date. Some of our classes are only offered every other month.


Before you visit, we encourage you to get to learn more by taking a tour Kaweah Health's Family Birth Center.

Car Seats

Make sure you select a car seat for your child that is federally approved per California law. All infants discharged from Kaweah Health must be in a federally approved car seat per California law. Kaweah Health's team of Licensed Child Passenger Seat Technicians offers free checks. This appointment can take up to an hour and for the safety of children, it should be done in advance of delivery. To make an appointment, call 559-802-7520.

Getting Here

Kaweah Health’s Family Birth Center is located on the second floor of Kaweah Health Medical Center’s East Mineral King Wing.

Parking is located at Kaweah Health Medical Center and in the Acequia Wing Parking structure located at Floral Street and Acequia Avenue.

House Rules

Just like any home, things run a little better with some structure and rules. Here are some of our rules. We ask that you observe them for the comfort and safety of everyone.

  • In accordance with the recommendations of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Kaweah Health does not allow photography and video recording during delivery. Cameras, cellphones, and video cameras are permitted but may not be used during the actual vaginal delivery or cesarean section procedure.
  • Pictures/videos are permitted after birth when your baby has been reported as stable by your obstetrician or nursing staff.
  • We observe the “golden hour” of bonding after birth. Baby will be “skin to skin” with parents to spend some time bonding with their new baby. The initial breastfeeding latch often occurs in the first hour after birth.