Labor, Delivery and Postpartum | OB-GYN

Labor, Delivery and Postpartum

We offer private birthing suites, customized birth plans, care for high-risk pregnancies and dedicated breastfeeding services.

Medically reviewed by Debra Swanson, M.D. on June 28, 2023.

Mother holding newborn baby after giving birth

Providing a Safe, Memorable Childbirth Experience

Your labor and delivery experience should be as unique and special as your family. At UC Davis Health, you receive expert care from one of the country’s best maternity hospitals, as rated by Newsweek. U.S. News & World Report also ranks our OB-GYN program among the top 50 in the nation.

Our dedicated childbirth experts provide leading care for routine and high-risk pregnancies. Patients who come to our birth center benefit from private birthing suites, customized birthing plans, advanced pain management, dedicated breastfeeding support and more. We help you have a safe labor and delivery and an easier postpartum recovery.


Labor and Delivery Services

At our birth center, we help you welcome your baby into the world in a safe, warm environment. You may give birth in one of our private, spacious birthing suites. We also provide gentle C-section services. We help make your first moments with your baby even more special.

Private Birthing Suites

You and your birth partner can enjoy the comfort and privacy of one of our large birthing suites. During labor, wireless fetal monitoring gives you the freedom to move around and use our in-room birthing balls or squat bars. After delivery, you get to bond with your little one as your family stays together in our suite. We also provide celebratory gourmet meals for new parents. Take a virtual tour or read our brochure.

Customized Birth Plans

We offer a range of birth plan options to accommodate each family’s distinct backgrounds and wishes. Our team listens to you and works to safely provide the childbirth experience you envision. Birth plan options may include natural childbirth with the aid of a doula, vaginal birth after cesarean section (VBAC), gentle C-sections and delayed cord clamping with or without umbilical cord blood collection.

Dedicated Breastfeeding Support

UC Davis Medical Center is a designated Baby-Friendly® hospital. Our board-certified lactation consultants help new moms succeed at breastfeeding. We encourage all families to room-in with their babies and have lots of skin-to-skin contact. Our nurses practice couplet care, in which a nurse cares for both the mother and baby in the same room.

High-Level Pain Relief

We are among an elite group of medical centers worldwide to earn the Society for Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology (SOAP) Center of Excellence designation for our obstetric anesthesia services. This recognition reflects the high-level pain relief care you receive during and after childbirth.

Care for High-Risk Pregnancies

Certain health conditions can affect moms-to-be or unborn babies, leading to pregnancy and childbirth complications. These high-risk pregnancies need specialized care. High-risk OB-GYNs (maternal-fetal medicine physicians) work closely with neonatologists (newborn specialists) and other providers. You receive expert care under one roof that minimizes complications.

Level 4 NICU

We have a level 4 neonatal intensive care unit (the highest level NICU) for newborns who need advanced medical care.

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Preparing for Childbirth

Our online maternity classes make it easy for you to learn more about childbirth and breastfeeding from the convenience of your home.


Postpartum Care

Your hospital stay after childbirth depends on your delivery (vaginal or C-section), as well as the health of you and your baby. Our team provides expert postpartum care, including pain relief, while you and your baby bond.

At-Home Support

After leaving the hospital, you can speak with a UC Davis registered nurse for answers and guidance about caring for your infant. We can also see you up to 6 weeks after your baby’s birth for any maternal concerns.

Breastfeeding Support

Moms experiencing breastfeeding issues can speak to a lactation specialist while in the hospital. We also have support groups for nursing moms.


When to Contact Your Health Care Provider

Contact your provider immediately if you notice signs of infection. You may experience symptoms such as fever, severe pain, vomiting and trouble breathing. Excessive vaginal bleeding or discharge is also a concern. If you had a C-section or episiotomy, watch your incision site for itching, swelling, bleeding or pus.

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Ranked among the nation’s best children’s hospitals

A U.S. News & World Report best children’s hospital in diabetes & endocrinology, nephrology, and orthopedics*. (*Together with Shriners Children’s)

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Ranked Sacramento’s #1 hospital

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The nation’s highest nursing honor

UC Davis Medical Center has received Magnet® recognition, the nation’s highest honor for nursing excellence.

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“Most Wired” for acute care

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“Most Wired” for ambulatory care

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World-class cancer care

One of ~56 U.S. cancer centers designated “comprehensive” by the National Cancer Institute.

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For the 13th consecutive year, UC Davis Medical Center has been recognized as an LGBTQ+ Healthcare Equality Leader by the educational arm of America’s largest civil rights organization.

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