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Welcome to Kaweah Health Labor & Delivery (Virtual tour video available below)

Family Birth Center located on 2 East of Kaweah Health Medical Center

Having a baby is a very special time in a family’s life and we are honored you have chosen Kaweah Health to have your baby. During this time when COVID-19 is a reality, we have stopped all in person tours of the birthing unit. However, we still want to provide a Virtual Tour as well as give some instruction as to where to enter the hospital and what the precautions we have implemented to keep you and your baby safe.

  • First: You will enter through the Mineral King side of the hospital. This entrance is reserved for Emergency Department and OB patients only.
  • Second: There you will be met by Kaweah Health staff; they will ask a few simple questions related to COVID-19 and take your temperature.
  • Third: You will then take the East Elevators to Labor & Delivery on the 2nd floor. Here you will be registered and an armband applied.

Triage Unit

If you are here to be seen in our triage area, the registration staff will notify the triage nurses of your arrival and they will come to the registration desk to escort you to the Triage Unit.

Our Triage Unit has seven beds, where you will be asked to change into a gown and placed on a fetal monitor and asked about the reason you came to the hospital. Your OB doctor will be notified. Patients are allowed one (1) visitor in the triage room. This visitor must be well and not displaying any symptoms of illness.

Scheduled Cesarean Section or Induction of Labor

If you are here for a scheduled Cesarean section or induction of labor, the registration staff will notify the nursing staff and they will escort you from the lobby to your room and prepare you for your special day. At this time, you will be allowed one (1) support person to remain with you while you are in labor or attend your Cesarean section. Your support person will be given an armband so security personnel and hospital staff know that they are allowed to be here at the hospital. Your support person is allowed to leave and return to the Labor & Delivery Unit if necessary. While you are in labor, our nutrition room is available to patients for items during labor and after delivery.

Our labor rooms have a labor bed, a monitor to trace your contractions and baby’s heart rate, a baby warmer and a support person sleep chair. Once in the room, your nurse will apply the fetal monitor and start your admission. This is the room where you will labor, deliver and recover. Once recovery is done, usually about two hours, you will be transferred to the Mother Baby Unit for your remaining time in the hospital.

If you have questions about Kaweah Health’s Labor & Delivery Department, please call:

Roberta DeCosta RN, BSN, RNC-OB
Assistant Nurse Manager
Kaweah Health
Visalia, Ca
Phone: 559-624-5314

Tracie Plunkett RN, MSN, RNC-OB, NE-BC
Director Maternal Child Health
Kaweah Health
Visalia, Ca.
Phone: 559-624-5338


FAMILY BIRTH CENTER TOURS

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.

Tours (Postponed until further notice) - please watch virtual tour video

Before you visit, we encourage you to get to know more about Kaweah Health’s Family Birth Center.

Baby Guide

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

Baby Guide (English) | Baby Guide (Spanish)