Welcoming a baby into the world is one of life's most cherished moments. At Stanford Health Care – ValleyCare, we share in your happiness.
Discover how we can help you have a birth and new parent experience that is personal, joyful and safe.
Tour the Stanford Health Care – ValleyCare Birth Center
We proudly offer family-centered care at the Stanford Health Care – ValleyCare Birth Center in Pleasanton, California. Our private, comfortable birthing suites are designed for you to deliver your baby and recover in the same room with help from your support person. Learn more about our labor and delivery services.
Come see how special our Birth Center is. We offer 90-minute tours every Monday from 7:30 to 9 p.m.
(Tour has been temporarily cancelled due to COVID-19)
Pregnancy and New Parent Classes
Our classes will help prepare you for childbirth and your journey as a new parent. They're open to anyone, whether or not you deliver at Stanford Health Care – ValleyCare Birth Center. Classes include:
- Childbirth Preparation. This one-day class for moms and their support person discusses many topics, including pain management and what to expect during delivery and recovery. Sign up for Childbirth Preparation. (Class is temporarily being offered virtually due to COVID-19)
- Infant Care. Topics include diapering, circumcision care, bathing, skin care and newborn behavior. Sign up for Infant Care. (Class is temporarily being offered virtually due to COVID-19)
- Infant CPR. This two-hour class teaches how to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation on babies up to 12 months old. (Class has been temporarily cancelled due to COVID-19)
- Infant Massage. Learn from a certified massage instructor how to soothe your baby, relieve tummy upsets and understand your baby's non-verbal language. (Class has been temporarily cancelled due to COVID-19)
- Lamaze Class. Moms and their support person learn Lamaze breathing and relaxation techniques to use during labor and delivery. (Class has been temporarily cancelled due to COVID-19)
- Mother's Support Group. Join other new moms in discussing baby topics, including infant changes and needs, breastfeeding, and sleep habits. Join Mother's Support Group. (Class is temporarily being offered virtually due to COVID-19)
- Prenatal Breastfeeding Class. Taught by lactation consultants, this class is for expectant mothers who need more information about how to breastfeed their babies. Sign up for Prenatal Breastfeeding Class. (Class is temporarily being offered virtually due to COVID-19)
- Sibling Class. This class helps prepare future big brothers and sisters (3 to 6 years old) for a new baby sibling. (Class has been temporarily cancelled due to COVID-19)
If you choose to breastfeed your baby, a certified lactation counselor can help you in the Stanford Health Care – ValleyCare Birth Center after your delivery.
And if ever you need help after you've left the hospital, you can visit us at the Stanford Health Care – ValleyCare Lactation Center—the only outpatient lactation clinic in the Tri-Valley area.
If you have a high-risk pregnancy, you can rest easy knowing we have a level II NICU with an expert staff. A Stanford Children's Health neonatologist is available 24/7 to oversee care, and the unit is staffed by specially trained NICU nurses.
Our NICU cares for little ones as young as 32 weeks as well as babies with certain health problems. Should your baby need an even higher level of care than a level II NICU can offer, we can easily transfer you to a different hospital.
At Stanford Health Care – ValleyCare Birth Center, our caring team delivers more than 1,200 babies each year. But our maternity team is just as warm and caring as they are skilled. That's one reason why many moms who give birth here send us thank-you notes and remember our nurses by name.
Your experienced team includes:
- Your OB-GYN
- Pediatric hospitalists. The pediatric specialists from Stanford Children's Health provide 24/7 care to newborns in our hospital. This is another benefit of our Stanford Health Care affiliation
- A 24/7 anesthesiologist. We make sure you receive an epidural promptly should you request one during labor
- RNC-OB certified labor and delivery nurses. This achievement demonstrates our nurses' expertise when it comes to caring for moms and their babies
If you have a follow-up question for your doctor or nurse, or would like to leave us feedback, please fill out our Contact Us form, and we'll get back to you as soon as we can.