Women and Infant Services
At St. Mary Medical Center, we know that the birth of a baby is one of
life's most precious miracles. To ensure the highest care for moms
and babies, St. Mary has board certified obstetricians available in the
Labor and Delivery unit 24/7 as well as the only California Children Services
(CCS) designated Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in the High Desert.
Our team of specially trained nurses and health care staff work collaboratively
to coordinate the safest care for every mother and newborn. Our specialty
team understands the importance of offering personalized care, which is
why our staff strives to accommodate the needs of the patients. With a
rate of 23%, St. Mary Medical Center has one of the lowest cesarean rates
among Southern California hospitals. We understand that giving birth involves
many decisions and every expectant mother wants to have the best care
for herself and her baby. The obstetrics team members at St. Mary’s
are committed to quality care, providing you with everything you need
to prepare for this important time in your life and we look forward to
being of service to you and your family upon arrival.
Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative
Baby Friendly Health Initiative (BFHI) is a global initiative of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the
United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). As part of this initiative,
St. Mary is encouraging clinicians in the High Desert to support policies
and practices that foster breastfeeding as the exclusive feeding choice
for infants in their first six months of life. A new mother is educated,
supported and provided with resources to ensure her success with breastfeeding
should she choose to breastfeed her baby. The Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative
encourages breastfeeding to heighten health among babies and mothers.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusive breastfeeding
for six months, followed by continued breastfeeding as complimentary foods
are introduced for one year or longer as mutually desired by mother and infant.
Labor and Delivery
Our goal in Labor and Delivery (L&D) is to provide family centered
personal care to you and your support person/s during one of the most
memorable experiences in life. Bringing a new life into this world is
a sacred moment, and we are privileged to assist you with that special
occasion. We have an Obstetrician and Anesthesiologist in the Labor and
Delivery department 24 hours a day to ensure you and your baby receive
the highest level of care. We practice and encourage an uninterrupted
“golden hour” with your baby following birth. Your baby will
be placed on your bare chest for “skin-to-skin” contact and
bonding. Holding your baby after birth has many physical and emotional
benefits for both of you and is an experience you will cherish forever.
Learn more about what to expect before you
deliver and in
Labor and Delivery.
Mother Baby Unit
Our Mother Baby Unit (MBU) offers comprehensive education for parents and
family members. Our education program covers topics such as infant security,
breastfeeding, health of the newborn and mother, bed rest and sleep practices
as well as nutrition. The Mother Baby Unit offers individualized breastfeeding
assistance during your stay and lactation support after discharge. The
experienced mother baby staff look forward to assisting you and your family
with comfort and guidance during your first few days after the delivery
of your newborn. Our goal is to keep you and your newborn together as
much as possible after birth. Your baby will remain in the room with you
where our nursing team will provide care to both of you. Learn more about
what to expect
after delivery, before going home and after going home.
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
St. Mary Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) provides critical care to
the smallest patients. Our NICU is equipped to care for infants with health
complications including being born prematurely. Our NICU is a level III
unit which means it meets the rigorous standards set by the state of California.
Babies in the NICU are cared for by a multidisciplinary team of specialty-trained
nurses, respiratory therapists, dieticians, social workers and case managers.
Additionally, St. Mary's NICU is staffed by neonatologists from Children’s
Hospital of Orange County (CHOC). CHOC ranked among the nation’s
best children’s hospitals by US News & World Report in 2015
and was the first children’s hospital in the United States to earn
the Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence. Should your newborn infant
require extra care, we look forward to serving you and your family during
this time of need. Having a premature or sick baby is difficult. Our NICU
staff recognizes that you — the parents – are the most important
part of your baby’s care team. Learn more about our
NICU and services.
Healthy Beginnings/New Avenues
Helping others feel worthwhile is the inspiration that elevates the Healthy
Beginnings/New Avenues program. A primary goal of St. Mary Medical Center's
Healthy Beginnings/New Avenues program is to ensure women receive prenatal
care during the first trimester of pregnancy. The program's staff
members take extra steps to encourage women in the program by elevating
self-esteem and empowering them with knowledge of self-care, childbirth
education and community resources. Staffed by certified nurse midwives,
health workers and social service counselors, Healthy Beginnings/New Avenues
provides a holistic approach toward pregnancy. To learn more, visit our
community education section. For more information about the Healthy Beginnings/New Avenues
program, please call (760) 946-8169.
Well Woman Program
With goals to increase access to health care for uninsured women and to
detect cancers early, St. Mary Medical Center's Community Health Department
continues to offer its Well Woman Program at stationary clinics in Apple
Valley and Adelanto, as well as from its Bright Futures mobile van.
Funded in part by San Bernardino County's Cancer Detection Program,
staff members work together to meet and develop coordinated resources
for women's breast and cervical care in local communities. To learn
more, visit our
community education section. For more information regarding the Well Woman Program, please
call (760) 946-4240.
St. Mary Medical Center's family-centered pediatric care allows for
parental and sibling involvement in the young patient's daily activities.
Our specially trained physicians and nurses provide tender and affectionate
attention to each child's needs.