Huntington Baby

The Family Birth Center team at Huntington Hospital delivers custom birth experiences every day.

Huntington Baby

Family-Centered Care for Pregnancy & Childbirth

Having a baby is one of the most exciting, life-changing moments you’ll ever experience. Our Family Birth Center team partners with you on your personalized birth experience to give your baby the best start in life.

Huntington Baby is the safest place to have your baby, your way.

COVID-19 Update: Caring For Your Family Safely

Visitor Policy Restriction

We are happy to welcome healthy birth partners. The hospital will reopen to visitors, effective Thursday, February 25th.

View our Family Birth Center visitor policy and other FAQs below.

You can also download this PDF with visitor information.

We are proud to be here for you and your baby during this pandemic.

Doula Announcement

We are happy to be able to welcome certified doulas back into the delivery room. Please note that doulas must undergo COVID-19 testing, just as a birth partner does. Learn more about our Doula Program.

Services & Amenities

From pregnancy support to your labor and delivery, and all the important things that happen after you meet your little one, we offer services to safely care for you every step of the way.

Start with the Huntington Baby Birth Partnership Form, our customized birth preferences worksheet to help you plan the custom birth experience you want.

Meet Your Birth Team

At Huntington Hospital, our compassionate specialists are dedicated to bringing your baby safely into this world.

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Having Your Baby at Huntington Hospital

When you give birth in the Family Birth Center, we will guide you through every step of the process with a focus on your safety and comfort.

We know you want to prepare as much as possible before labor begins.

Visit our Preparing For Your Stay page to find:

Click here for lifesaving tips for a safer birth.

Whether baby decides to come late at night or early in the morning, you will have 24/7 access to medical experts, including an OB hospitalist and OB anesthesiologist to ensure that you and baby are healthy and safe.

Visit our Labor & Delivery page to learn more about:

Once your little arrives the adventure truly begins. Our nurses will help you during this exciting time.

Visit our After Your Baby is Born page to learn more about:

  • A registered nurse from our Baby Bonding Team will monitor your newborn’s health and help with skin-to-skin care and breastfeeding.
  • Monitoring of you and baby to keep you healthy and informed.
  • Mother-Baby couplet care to enhance breastfeeding and bonding.
  • Little comforts like snack cart visits and in-room menu ordering to make your stay more pleasant.
  • Checklist to prepare for discharge including our discharge class and plans.
  • Support for the transition home.

We know that having your baby is just the first step in this new journey, so we provide many resources for the hours, days and months.

Visit our Help For When You Get Home page to learn about:

  • Breastfeeding support programs and breast pump and scale rentals.
  • Maternal Wellness Program to help with any postpartum depression or anxiety.
  • Baby & Me Program for new babies and their families.
  • Support groups to maintain that social support that’s critical in the early months of being a new parent.

Specialized Treatment & Care

We offer specialized treatments and care for all moms and babies. Learn how we can support your needs during pregnancy and delivery.

COVID-19 Information

Visitor Policy for Pregnant Patients

For the safety of our expecting parents, babies and healthcare providers, we have restricted the visitor policy. To see this policy and other FAQs, please review our the information below.

You can also download this PDF with visitor information.

COVID-19 FAQs about Labor & Delivery and Visitor Policy

Huntington Hospital has updated our visitation practices for the Family Birth Center to enhance options for your birth experience.

We welcome one healthy birth partner and one labor support person. This support person may be a doula or another person of choice. Both the birth partner and labor support person will be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival.  Please refer to our doula program flyer for details.

To be in compliance with California Department of Public Health, all visitors much show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within the last 72 hours (which is required prior to entering the main entrance of the hospital).

  • Once you arrive at the Family Birth Center, you will be escorted to the Obstetrical Emergency Department for physical assessment and COVID-19 testing. This usually takes about 1 hour. During that time, anyone accompanying you may remain in the waiting room or be contacted by phone when the examination is completed.
  • Both the birth partner and labor support person will also be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival.
  • Masks must be worn at all times while at Huntington Hospital.
  • The birth partner and support person may go to Huntington Hospital’s cafeteria, Starbucks and gift shop, but cannot leave the hospital during the labor/birth process.
  • Following your two hour recovery period, you, your healthy newborn and birth partner will be cared for on the Mother Baby Unit. One additional healthy visitor is allowed during visiting hours.
  • Perinatal High Risk Unit: One healthy support partner may stay around-the-clock and one healthy visitor is allowed during visiting hours.

Any visitor who exhibits signs and symptoms of illness will not be granted entrance.

No food from the outside is permitted out of an abundance of caution. 

All Family Birth Center visitors must be 18 years of age or older.

We reserve the right to ask permitted visitors to leave at any time. Disruptive individuals will be asked to leave campus immediately.  

We may close to visitors at any time, without prior notice, based on community infection rates or hospital guidelines. 

You can view our full hospital Visitor Policy here.

We are proud to offer Virtual Live classes to help prepare you for your birth experience, breastfeeding and baby care. In today’s challenging environment, we are offering these customized live classes to our Huntington parents, at no charge, to provide you the information you need in a safe and convenient way.

  • Yes, we are still the safest place to have your baby. We have strict protocols in place to support infection prevention measures, following best practices and necessary precautions.
  • Safety protocols include temperature screenings at the entrance of our hospital, and enhanced cleaning and sterilization processes. Further, the architecture of the maternal-child unit is naturally separate from the rest of the hospital. Labor and Delivery as well as our post-partum maternity units sit are a separate annex (similar to a wing), with a secure entrance.
  • We strongly advise expectant parents to take part in social distancing as appropriate, following updated instructions from officials as they become available.
  • In addition, they should follow the guidelines set forth by the CDC. These include:
    • Washing their hands thoroughly.
    • Covering their mouth and nose with a tissue (not with their hands) when they sneeze or cough.
    • Not touching their eyes, nose or mouth, especially with unwashed hands.
    • Avoiding close contact with those who are sick.
    • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Yes, arriving expecting parents should follow these directions.

Per regulations in LA County, parents should be wearing masks. Expectant parents will be issue a mask upon arrival at the hospital. Please know that expectant parents will be screened for COVID-19 upon arrival (temperature scan and questions) before they can enter the L&D unit.

Limit One Bag per Family

Please limit personal belongings brought from home to ONE bag per family. Storage space is currently limited.

Directions for Parents Coming to Labor & Delivery

  • Arriving 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. – Please self-park or valet park, and enter through the main hospital entrance.  Reception will direct you to Labor & Delivery.
  • Arriving between 10:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. – Please call hospital security at (626) 397-5282 and let the officer know your estimated time of arrival. Please self-park in our North parking lot.  Our main entrance is closed after 10:00 p.m., so a security officer will meet you and unlock the door.

While we hope all of our expectant parents remain illness-free, we do have a contingency plan in the event an expectant mother is ill. In addition to taking the appropriate steps to ensure the safety of our patients, laboring mothers who we suspect may have or have tested positive for COVID-19 will be admitted to a negative pressure room, and deliver their baby and receive postpartum care in designated spaces with all appropriate precautions. Our team has redoubled efforts to ensure we have protocols in place to keep you and baby safe during this challenging time.

No, as part of infection prevention protocols, we have suspended breast pump rentals at this time. Our team would be happy to suggest a pump for purchase, feel free to reach out with any questions (626) 397-3172.

Please check back for more information.


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