Pregnancy and Newborns

Having a baby is a great adventure. Whether you are becoming a parent for the first time or adding a new sibling to your family, it’s an exciting time – and a new beginning.

You’re in good hands with us. Our team of doctors, nurses, case managers, social support specialists, and educators all work together to help keep moms and babies healthy.

We provide valuable resources for you and your baby. Each year, we deliver more than 2,000 babies throughout Southern California and have hundreds of OB-GYNs and hospitals in our network who play an important part in you and your baby’s care.

Our comprehensive programs, Bump to Baby and Mommy and Me, can make a real difference in your pregnancy – and beyond.

Bump to Baby

Having a new baby brings a lot of questions. Even as experienced parents, it can be hard to remember everything you need to know about pregnancy, delivery, and newborn care. We created our Bump to Baby program to help expecting parents more easily navigate the adventure ahead. This includes a special four-part series of classes created just for pregnant women and their partners. Health educators lead each class with participation from pediatricians.

The series is designed to walk you through the whole process of becoming new parents, from early stages of pregnancy to the basics of caring for your newborn. Each class offers in-depth coverage of the different stages of pregnancy and childbirth as well as new baby (and new mommy) care.

Class 1: You and Your Pregnancy

  • Stages of pregnancy
  • Tips for a healthy pregnancy (includes diet and nutrition)
  • Gestational diabetes
  • Stress during pregnancy

Class 2: Baby Basics

  • Labor and birth
  • Bathing, swaddling and diapering your baby
  • Bonding and the importance of breastfeeding
  • Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and infant CPR
  • Newborn screening and vaccinations
  • Car seat safety

Class 3: Postnatal Care

  • Taking care of your baby
  • Emotional and/or physical changes and discomforts after childbirth
  • Sex and relationships

Class 4: Celebrating You

  • Feeding your baby
  • Introducing new foods
  • The importance of good nutrition for babies and kids

Each class lasts about two hours and partners are encouraged to attend. Students who complete all four courses in the program receive a certificate of completion and a $100 gift card.

For current Bump to Baby classes near you, check out our events calendar.

Mommy and Me

Once your baby is born, this program helps you ease the transition from the hospital and care of your newborn in the comfort of your own home. If you qualify for the program – which is strictly voluntary – you will be discharged early and scheduled for a two-hour home health visit with a pediatric home health registered nurse within the first 24 hours after discharge.

This visit adds an additional level of support and reassurance. You’ll have the opportunity to have your questions and concerns addressed in a relaxed, one-on-one setting. Final determination of your ability to participate in the program will be made following delivery, after you and your baby are assessed to make sure there are no medical issues requiring an extended stay in the hospital.

You also have the reassurance that a nurse is available by phone 24 hours a day to help you. In addition to the health assessment, the nurse will also provide:

Newborn Care

  • Comprehensive newborn physical assessment
  • Umbilical cord care
  • Swaddling, diapering, bathing
  • Holding the baby
  • Using a bulb syringe

Postpartum Care

  • Comprehensive maternal physical assessment
  • Breastfeeding education and evaluation
  • Environmental assessment
  • Postpartum depression assessment
  • Bottle feeding assessment
  • CPR education

If needed, the nurse is trained to also help with wound care and phototherapy monitoring. Should you or your baby need further follow-up, additional visits can be scheduled as needed.

For more information about the Mommy and Me and Bump to Baby programs, please speak with your doctor or call our Patient Assistance Line (PAL) at (888) 787-1712 from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, (TTY/TDD users should dial 711.) Your call is always free.

High Risk Pregnancy Programs

When you have your baby with us, you will have an entire team of medical experts to help you through any and all difficulties that may arise during your pregnancy. As a member, you are eligible for extra care under our high risk pregnancy program at no additional cost to you.

We care about you and your baby and will do everything we can to provide you with the highest quality care and support through your pregnancy and childbirth. To find out more, call (888) 787-1712.

Additional Resources

We work to connect you with local and state programs and agencies that offer help for building healthy families.

California Children’s Services (CCS)

Comprehensive Perinatal Services Program (CPSP)

Family Support Network (FSN)

Women, Infants and Children Program (WIC)

Latino Health Access Children & Youth Initiative (LHA)

Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment (EPSDT)