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Before Your Visit

Visitor Restrictions: We have a no-visitor policy in place, with limited exceptions for specific patient situations. Although we deeply regret the anxiety that these rules create for our patients and their families, we believe this policy is necessary to keep our patients, team, and community safe from COVID-19. Exceptions will be made for ONE support person for the Mother-Baby Unit.
If an exception is made for a visitor (must be the same visitor throughout the patient’s stay), they will have to pass a temperature and respiratory screen. Family and loved ones looking for patients can call (559) 624-2000 for patient updates.

Download the official Kaweah Health Baby Guide by clicking on the following links

Baby Guide (English) | Baby Guide (Spanish)

Here are some things you may want to do before the big day when you'll visit our Family Birth Center.

Pre-Registration

We suggest that you pre-register for hospital admission by your eighth month of pregnancy. Pre-registering for hospital admission may save you the discomfort of answering many questions when you are in actual labor and might be uncomfortable.

Classes

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.

Virtual Tours

Before you visit, we encourage you to get to know more about Kaweah Health's Family Birth Center by taking a virtual tour. Click HERE.

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.

  • Cell phones may not be used in patient care areas. This includes patient rooms and the hallways. Cell phones can interfere with patient equipment and may cause harm to mom or baby.
  • In accordance with the recommendations of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, it is Kaweah Health's policy that photography and video recording is prohibited during delivery until the newborn is deemed stable by the physician.
  • In accordance with the recommendations of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, we do not permit videotaping of the baby's birth. Still pictures may be taken. After the Doctor judges both mom and baby “stable” you may videotape. This will only take a few minutes.
  • We observe the “golden hour” of bonding after birth. Baby will be “skin to skin” with mom (or dad) and the new parents need some time to bond with their new baby. The initial breastfeeding latch often occurs in the first hour after birth.
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