Your Baby, Your Way: Why Choose UC San Diego Health?

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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.

Quality Outcomes

Deliveries in La Jolla and Hillcrest

  • More birth options than any other hospitals in San Diego, with Birth Center or Labor & Delivery settings available at both Jacobs Medical Center in La Jolla (pictured, right, opening fall 2016) or UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest
  • Video Tour of Jacobs Medical Center's Childbirth Options

    Take a video tour of UC San Diego Health's newest option for childbirth. Jacobs Medical Center in La Jolla, scheduled to open in late 2016, will provide the latest in advanced technology for pregnancy care and childbirth.

  • 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

Prenatal Care Options

Birth Center

Birth Center amenities include:

  • Spacious suites with a homelike atmosphere
  • Double or queen-size beds
  • Rocking chair
  • Family room
  • Resource library
  • Labor support including hypnotherapy, birthing balls, birthing stools, and IV pain medication 
  • Ability to eat and drink
  • Baby and mom remain in the Birth Center until discharge
  • Lactation support

Labor & Delivery Suites / Family Maternity Care Center

  • Spacious Labor & Delivery suites, with room for family members
  • State-of-the-art surgical suites for Cesarean deliveries
  • Family Maternity Care Center, where mothers and babies spend their postpartum recovery period, offers:
    • Private rooms with en suite showers (when available)
    • Lactation support
    • Nap time from 2–4 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


Specialty Programs and Services