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The “How to” Guide to Having Your Baby at Hoag

For more than seven decades, more women have trusted Hoag to deliver their babies than any other hospital in the county. At our two Hoag campuses, in Newport Beach and Irvine, close to 8,000 babies are delivered yearly – this is the second highest in the state of California. It is almost an Orange County rite of passage to labor, deliver and recover in one of Hoag’s ocean-view rooms.

So, how do you make sure you are able to deliver at Hoag Hospital Newport Beach?

“There are two ways to ensure that you have access to Hoag for your delivery,” said Lisa M. Karamardian, M.D., the Jeffrey M. Carlton Endowed Chair in Women’s Health, in honor of Dr. Anne M. Kent, and an OB/GYN with Pacific Women’s Healthcare Associates.

“The first is by choosing an obstetrician or midwife who delivers at Hoag. The second is to  choose Hoag as the hospital you want to deliver and then seek out only doctors who deliver at Hoag.”

What should you consider when selecting an OB or midwife?

  • Is the clinician’s office in a location that is convenient for you?
  • Does the provider accept your insurance?
  • Do you feel comfortable with your provider to ask questions, explain things in detail and have him or her hear your concerns?
  • Do you prefer a male or female provider?

Do you need a specialist in high-risk pregnancies or one who has experience with your particular health history and medical conditions?

Hoag has been recognized as high performing in maternity care by U.S. News & World Report. The distinction puts Hoag in the top 10% in the nation to achieve high-performance rankings in 19 specialty procedures and conditions.

Hoag was also recognized in the top 1% nationally by Women’s Choice Award, which has named Hoag as one of America’s Best Hospitals for Obstetrics every year since 2014. Hoag Hospital is also nationally recognized as a Center of Excellence in OB Anesthesia & Perinatology.

Hoag is committed to safety and places the mother and baby at the center of their care. Women are confident about delivering at Hoag because of expertise including:

  • Level IIIa neonatal intensive care unit in Newport Beach and Special Care Nursery in Irvine
  • Onsite 24/7 multidisciplinary expert care including board-certified OB hospitalists, critical care specialists, maternal fetal medicine physicians and anesthesiologists.
  • A Obstetrical Emergency Department staffed 24/7 by OB hospitalists and high-risk nursing staff who care for pregnant patients from 16 weeks through 42 weeks gestation.
  • A Perinatal Nurse Navigator program to provide care coordination and care planning for highest risk patients.
  • Supportive and compassionate maternity nurses. Hoag attained the Magnet recognition as part of the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program. This credentialing program for hospital recognizes excellence in nursing and is the highest honor an organization can receive for professional nursing practices.
  • Comprehensive childbirth education support and education – both in-person and virtual.

What about if things don’t go as planned?

  • Hoag offers a 14-bed antepartum unit in Newport Beach for high-risk obstetric patients who require hospitalization.
  • Hoag’s Fetal Diagnostic Center is co-located with the Labor & Delivery floor and provides surveillance of high-risk pregnancies including fetal heart rate monitoring, biophysical profiles, doppler flow studies and consultation, and maternal fetal medicine physicians.
  • Hoag’s Development Assessment Center provides ongoing evaluation and resources to families whose infants have spent time in the NICU.

What happens after I go home?

Your relationship with Hoag doesn’t end when you go home. Hoag offers:

  • Baby Line, staffed by an experienced OB education registered nurse.
  • In-person lactation consultations.
  • Nona, a mobile app for postpartum support that can be accessed 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., seven days a week.
  • Maternal Mental Health Clinic staffed by a team of behavioral health experts (reproductive psychiatrists, therapists, social workers) offering one-on-one and perinatal group therapy for mothers experiencing mood and anxiety disorders during pregnancy and up to one year postpartum.
  • Wellness Center & Pelvic Health Clinic offering yoga, Pilates, pelvic floor physical therapy, meditation, mindfulness, fitness and nutrition resources.
  • And most recently Hoag added Hoag at Home Postpartum+, in-home health care for mom and baby. We know that the postpartum period is one of the most challenging times as you recover from birth and learn to care for your new baby.

Having a baby is a unique and special journey. Hoag is here for you your baby every step of the way.

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