Getting ready to give birth?
Saint Agnes offers these following programs and services to prepare you for your precious arrival and assist you in making a smooth transition into parenthood.
Online Patient Registration
If you plan to deliver your baby at Saint Agnes, we've got great news for you! Don't waste precious minutes standing in line to complete paperwork when you can preregister for your appointment in the comfort and convenience of your home. Simply preregister online or call (559) 450-8855 to speak with a registrar (If you are unable to preregister, we recommend arriving 30 minutes before your scheduled appointment).
*Maternity patients: If you arrive at Saint Agnes between the hours of 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. for an OB check or to be admitted for delivery, please report to the Outpatient Center entrance where you will be registered and personally escorted to Labor & Delivery (located on the 6th floor of the Main Wing). Visit Upon Your Arrival for further details. For visiting hours, maps and directions, valet services and more, click here.
Complimentary 4-D Ultrasound
Ask your physician to refer you to Saint Agnes for your initial diagnostic ultrasound (between 18 and 22 weeks), and you will be eligible to return for a complimentary 4-D ultrasound (between 28 and 30 weeks), including a framed photo and a CD of your little one in motion. For more information, call (559) 450-3210.
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Maternity Education Classes and Programs
Let us prepare you for your big day through one of our regularly scheduled stork tours. This will give you an opportunity to become more familiar with the Medical Center, as well as celebrate your pregnancy with other expecting families. For a listing of Stork Tour dates or to register, click here.
Childbirth Education Classes
Let Saint Agnes registered Nurses help you prepare for motherhood. Our maternity classes cover the labor and delivery process, relaxation breathing for labor. Classes are beneficial for both first-time parents and mothers who want a refresher course. Classes are 1 day and held on Saturday. Other topics include third trimester discomforts, when to call the Doctor, the labor process (including coping techniques and pain medications, Epidurals pros and cons and inductions, Cesarean section. Also included is a tour of Saint Agnes Labor and Delivery and information on registration and admission. For a listing of Childbirth Education Class dates or to register, click here.
Prenatal Breastfeeding Class
We also offer breastfeeding classes for pregnant mothers and their partners. Breastfeeding is a learned art and our educators are committed to giving you the information necessary to be successful in giving our baby the best start in life. Our classes cover the most frequently asked questions about breastfeeding, including how often,how long,how to know if baby is getting enough and preventing problems. We also discuss the nutritional needs of your growing child to enable you to adequately nouish your baby and toddler. For a listing of Prenatal Breastfeeding Class dates or to register, click here. For additional Breastfeeding Educational Materials, see below.
Diabetes During Pregnancy (Gestational Diabetes Clinic).
The number of babies whose moms develop diabetes during pregnancy has been on the rise in recent years. Saint Agnes Gestational Diabetes Clinic provides help to mom and baby during this critical time. Under the guidance of a nurse practitioner and diabetes educators, moms learn how to manage gestational diabetes and are carefully monitored throughout their pregnancy. The first meeting for Diabetes During Pregnancy patients is as a group (in both English and Spanish). Thereafter, patient follow-up visits are one-on-one. For more information about the Gestational Diabetes Clinic, call (559) 450-2002.
Private Birthing Rooms
Your baby will be delivered into a world that feels a little more like home, in one of our 12 beautifully decorated labor/delivery/recovery suites. Each suite is specially designed to add a touch of warmth and comfort to your birthing experience. To help familiarize yourself with your surroundings in advance of your delivery, you can visit an LDR suite during a Stork Tour by calling (559) 450-5622.
Saint Agnes has several procedures in place to ensure the safety of your baby. Please ask your nurse for details.
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
Children's Hospital Central California has a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit on the maternity floor at Saint Agnes reassuring new parents that, if complications arise, their baby will receive the best care possible. The unit is fully staffed with trained specialists who are able to care for premature and other special-needs babies, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Baby Track Program
Saint Agnes Service Guild volunteers visit each new mother in the hospital and give her information about the shots her infant will need in the coming months. To reinforce the immunization message, follow-up phone calls are made to new moms at 3, 5, and 7 months to remind them to visit their doctor and get their babies immunized on time.
Breastfeeding Educational Materials
After your baby is born, you will begin to produce breast milk, which contains a mix of fat, protein, carbohydrates, water and nutrients. Avoiding the addition of formula or water to your baby’s diet contributes to baby’s health while helping to establish your milk supply. This practice is called Exclusive Breastfeeding and is encouraged during your hospital stay and beyond. To read more about Exclusive Breastfeeding, tips and suggestions, choose from the following:
Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding Fact Sheet
Saint Agnes is committed to delivering a successful and satisfying experience to all mothers who elect to breastfeed. We accomplish this by arming mothers with consistent, evidence-based information about infant feeding to help them understand its many health benefits. To view the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding Fact Sheet, choose from the following:
The Golden Hour Fact Sheet
The Golden Hour is the first time mommy, daddy and baby spend together as a family. It is a bonding time for you and your baby that is a once-in-a-lifetime event and needs to be celebrated. At Saint Agnes, we promote skin-to-skin contact in the first hour of your baby’s life – an uninterrupted time together. For tips on breastfeeding and newborn health, choose from the following: