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Giving Birth at UC San Diego Health

With two distinct birth settings and a large staff of physicians and midwives, as well as high-risk specialists and equipment, UC San Diego Health gives you more childbirth options than anywhere else in San Diego. Call 800-926-8273 for assistance in choosing a provider.

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Meet the Maternity Team

Meet physicians and midwives and ask questions about prenatal care and delivery options at UC San Diego Health.
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Deliveries in La Jolla and Hillcrest

  • More birth options than any other hospitals in San Diego, including a holistic Birth Center at Jacobs Medical Center in La Jolla or traditional Labor & Delivery settings available at both Jacobs Medical Center or UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest
  • Both hospitals have a NICU, including a Level III NICU at Jacobs Medical Center and a Level II Intermediate NICU at UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest 
  • Nationally known for our breastfeeding support
  • Free volunteer doula program
  • Hospital amenities including free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, valet parking and room for family members
  • Locally-sourced menu items and celebratory brunch for new parents

Prenatal Care Options

Birth Center

Birth Center amenities include:

  • Spacious suites
  • Double or queen-size beds
  • Rocking chair
  • Labor support including hypnotherapy, birthing balls, birthing stools, and IV pain medication 
  • Ability to eat and drink during labor
  • Lactation support

Labor & Delivery Suites / Postpartum Care

  • Spacious Labor & Delivery suites, with room for family members
  • Surgical suites for Cesarean deliveries
  • Private postpartum rooms, where parents and babies room in together
    • Lactation support
    • Nap time from 2 to 4 p.m., when hospital staff avoid any unnecessary care to allow babies and parents to rest, heal, bond, and breastfeed

Women’s Special Care Center (for high-risk pregnancies)

The Women's Special Care Center, for women who need inpatient care before the birth of their babies, offers:

  • Personalized and compassionate care with state-of-the-art technology
  • Patient support group
  • Refrigerators for patient use
  • In-hospital Fetal Assessment Unit


  • Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Jacobs Medical Center
  • Level II Intermediate NICU at UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest 
  • Designated NICU "cuddlers"
  • NICU Concierge Program, including hosted monthly dinners for NICU parents

Specialty Programs and Services

Pregnancy and COVID-19 Vaccines

Dr. Gladys "Sandy" Ramos is a maternal-fetal medicine specialist who cares for women with high-risk pregnancies. Find out why she recommends that pregnant women get the COVID-19 vaccine in this video (in English and Spanish).