Having a Baby at Hoag

Nationally ranked as a top maternity hospital, Hoag supports you with round-the-clock care, tailored birthing options and the compassionate attention you deserve. Before you meet your family, we invite you to meet ours.

Getting Ready for Baby

Expert, Compassionate Obstetricians Are Here for You

Congratulations! Hoag’s providers, including obstetricians/gynecologists, maternal-fetal medical specialists, midwives and other maternity professionals, are here to guide you through this exciting journey.

We recommend choosing a provider who understands your needs and delivers at a location that is convenient for you. For a complete list of OBGYN providers on Hoag’s Medical Staff, please visit our Find an OB/GYN – Newport Beach and Find an OB/GYN – Irvine pages, or call 800-400-HOAG (4624) for a physician referral.

Ready for Anything

Hoag offers every type of specialist and support needed for the health and comfort of mother and baby: laborists, perinatologists, fetal diagnostics, lactation specialists, nutritional support, “Sweet Success” program for expectant mothers with diabetes and OB education classes. Hoag also has a Board Certified OB intensivist, anesthesiologist and Board Certified perinatologist on staff 24/7 who are available to attend to the most serious needs should they arise.

Age and chronic medical conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and obesity can increase risk for mother and baby in pregnancy.

Hoag’s comprehensive maternal services include maternal-fetal medicine specialists, an antepartum unit, a dedicated OB Emergency Department and OB triage unit, specialized motherhood education programs, neonatology care at both of our hospitals, as well as a Level IIIa neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Newport Beach and a special care nursery at Hoag Irvine. A complete list of maternal-fetal medicine specialists can be on our Find an OB/GYN Newport Beach and Find an OB/GYN – Irvine pages.

After Choosing Your Doctor, Choose Your Baby’s Pediatrician

We recommend choosing a pediatrician during the second trimester of pregnancy, or three to five months before the due date. Try to make an appointment with the doctor to establish a relationship before your baby is born. Hoag’s pediatricians work all over the county, making it easy to select a high-quality doctor for your baby close to home. Find a doctor here.

Pre-Register for Delivery at 16 Weeks

For normal, healthy pregnancies, your obstetrician will advise you to pre-register at 16 weeks.

To Pre-Register Online: You can pre-register for Hoag Hospital Irvine or Hoag Newport Beach online using this form in English or Spanish.

To Pre-Register by Phone:

  • Newport Beach: 949-764-8275, available Monday-Friday 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Irvine: 949-517-3228, available Monday-Friday 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

To Pre-Register by Mail: In the event you have difficulty completing the pre-registration form online, please download the PDF and mail it to Hoag Hospital (One Hoag Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92663) immediately. English or Spanish.

To help prepare you for this exciting time and ensure the best possible health outcomes for you and your baby, we ask that you take a minute to review this Having a Hoag Baby Guide (in English, Farsi, Korean, Mandarin, or Spanish). Have your baby at Hoag—get started today!

Having Your Baby

Honoring All Birthing Plans and Beliefs

Whether you’re high-risk or low-risk, you’re at the right place. Whether you want the latest in medical interventions or an all-natural water birth, you’re at the right place. Hoag honors every choice, while preparing for all eventualities, so you can have the best outcome possible for you and your precious baby.

Hoag is well equipped with comprehensive services 24/7 to handle every type of delivery from a single baby birth with “no surprises” to high-risk and multiple infant deliveries. Board Certified obstetricians are supported by highly skilled nurses who specialize only in maternal-child health. We offer two locations for delivery: Hoag Newport Beach and Hoag Hospital Irvine, and we invite you to check out both.

Welcoming Your Newborn

When you arrive to deliver, you will be admitted directly to our OB triage area and your status will be assessed. When it is determined that you are in labor, you will be moved to a labor and delivery room. More complete information about the entire delivery experience at Hoag is available during our pre-delivery classes, both in-person and online.

Hoag embraces the theory that newborns benefit from direct contact with the mother immediately after delivery, so newborns room-in with their mothers. Your postpartum nurse will help you have the most positive bonding experience possible.

Mothers who deliver with no complications are often eager to go home the day after delivering. 80% of mothers who have an uncomplicated C-section are back in the comfort of their own home by the third day after delivery.

After Your Baby is Born

If You or Your Baby Need More Support

Hoag is proud to offer a certified Level IIIa Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) which is the highest level of care needed for any newborn. The NICU is in close proximity to labor and delivery and is prepared with state-of-the-art equipment to care for even the neediest newborn. A neonatologist and specialized nursing team are on-site 24/7.
We can handle any type of high-risk birth, including multiple births (twins, triplets, quads). Neonatologists and OB intensivists work in collaboration with a patient’s OB to ensure the safest, most well-planned delivery and care of both mom and baby.

Among the complexities and risk factors that Hoag specializes in are:

Nursing Education and Other Support

As a certified Baby Friendly™ Hospital, our staff has specialized training in lactation. For new moms who experience nursing challenges, International Board Certified Lactation Consultants are available daily. Hoag also offers a breastfeeding clinic and BabyLine phone service to help you during the postpartum adjustment period.

From lovely, private spacious rooms, to a private celebration meal after delivery, parents who grow their families at Hoag, come away feeling like an extended part of ours.