Birth Center (Natural Childbirth)
The Birth Center at UC San Diego Medical Center supports the natural-childbirth experience desired by many women when bringing their babies into the world. We deliver family-centered maternity care in a comfortable, home-like setting.
In August 2012, we delivered our 4,000th baby! In this video, the Salling family shares their Birth Center experience.
Patients who receive their prenatal care with our Nurse Midwifery Service and meet eligibility requirements can choose to have their babies in the Birth Center at UC San Diego Medical Center. It's a safe and comfortable alternative to the traditional hospital maternity environment, and includes:
- Five spacious birthing suites (furnished with double or queen beds)
- Rocking chairs
- Homey antiques
- Play area for children
- Parent resource library
Yet because of our location within UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest, patients are just minutes away from the latest technology and a Level III NICU if needed.
Women delivering in the Birth Center or Labor & Delivery can also request a volunteer doula. If a doula is available, she will provide continuous one-on-one support throughout labor, delivery and the postpartum period.
Take a Birth Center Tour
We offer weekly tours and an event every other month when you can meet our midwives. Reserve your place.
'Having a Baby at UC San Diego Health System' Video
See our facilities and get an overview of the process
Our certified nurse-midwives (CNMs) are specialists in labor support techniques that can help women give birth with little or no pain medication. These techniques include:
- Walking during labor
- Hydrotherapy (shower or tub)
- Birth stools
- Birth balls
- Breathing techniques
Should the need arise, intravenous fluids and pain medication are available. If the pain is too challenging, or if a complication should arise, the option of transferring to the Labor & Delivery Unit for epidural anesthesia or more intensive medical care is available. Regardless of whether care is provided at the Birth Center or the Labor & Delivery Unit, each mother will continue to have the support of her midwife throughout her delivery and postpartum period.