Thank you for considering having your baby at Marin General Hospital. We appreciate the fact that every birth is a unique and intimate experience, and we have the expert staff, powerful medical affiliations, and excellent quality and safety standards to take the best possible care of you and your baby.

As the big day approaches, you may be thinking about ways to make your baby’s birth experience more meaningful for you and your loved ones. We encourage you to take the time to fill out this form so we can help provide the environment that will make you most comfortable -- physically and emotionally.

This plan is not a contract and can be modified at any time. It’s important to understand that every birth is different, so it’s not possible to predict the course of your labor. We ask that you be prepared to adjust your birth preferences if it becomes medically necessary to do so. As long as your safety or that of your baby is not compromised, our goal is to stay as true to your plan as possible.

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OUR PHILOSOPHY AND PRACTICES

We provide you and your family with the best evidence-based care, and we adhere to the following standard procedures:

  • Encourage physiological birth
  • Encourage movement while in labor
  • Encourage eating and drinking in labor, unless otherwise medically indicated
  • Support women who choose to have an un-medicated birth and encourage them to bring support people to help make this possible
  • Support women who desire pain medication with 24/7 availability of anesthesia (these options are discussed upon your arrival in labor and can be modified at any time)
  • Do not perform routine enemas, shaving or episiotomies
  • Believe breast milk is the best nutrition for your baby and that breastfeeding promotes unique health benefits for mom and baby that last a lifetime
  • Support breastfeeding with an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) as needed
  • Do not offer babies formula without a medical reason and parents’ permission
  • Encourage skin-to-skin contact as soon as the baby is born, as long as the baby is transitioning safely
  • Routinely delay procedures and first bath to enhance bonding and promote breastfeeding

 


YOUR INDIVIDUAL BIRTH PREFERENCES: Fill out the form below to log your preferences, then see additional helpful information below.

Once you click "Submit" a copy of your selections will be emailed to the email address provided. Be sure to bring a printed copy with you to your next prenatal appointment, as well as upon arrival to Marin General Hospital for your delivery.

Or go paper free! Pre-register with us online by clicking here. A representative from the hospital will call you with confirmation of your registration and an account number. By entering your account number in this form, your information will be automatically updated in your electronic health record at Marin General Hospital.

 

Other Helpful Information

UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital at Marin General Hospital

We have teamed up with UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital to offer Marin families the finest pediatric care available. Now, you have access to the expertise of a renowned pediatric hospital closer to home. Our collaboration enables us to offer:

Breastfeeding Support

Breastfeeding is one of the most important decisions a woman makes for her child. Our Lactation Center and companion BabyNook store have been helping mothers get started with a good breastfeeding routine for many years. We are delighted to report that our initiation rates (percentage of moms who choose to breastfeed) are consistently around 99 percent! Our Lactation Center staff consists of Registered Nurses and Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultants. Our goal is to help women with breastfeeding and parenting through education, counseling and support.

Outpatient lactation support is available by appointment.
1-415-925-7522, Fourth Floor: Room 4215

BabyNook Store

The BabyNook has a variety of clothes, supplies, toys and gifts for mom and baby. We also offer low-cost pumps, nursing bras, bustiers and pillows. Our staff has plenty of experience with nursing moms and can help find the best pump for you. Our pumps are competitively priced and we also offer them to rent. As an extra convenience, we even stock spare parts for Medela pumps. We explain how to assemble and use the pump, and how to safely store breast milk. The hospital’s non-profit status allows us to keep our prices low and all proceeds go right back into the Women and Children’s program.
1-415-925-7474, Fourth Floor: Room 4216
Hours: Monday–Friday, 10:30 am–4:30 pm; Saturday, 10:30 am–1:30 pm; Closed Sundays and Holidays

Support Groups and Classes

New babies bring a lot of changes, and not just the diaper kind! Our childbirth preparation classes can help parents get ready for the new arrival. In addition, these classes provide an opportunity to meet other new parents or parents-to-be. Classes include Childbirth Series, Infant Care Series, New Father Class, Child and Infant CPR, Child and Infant First Aid, and Mom’s Support Group. We also offer a Postpartum Support group. For information, call 1-415-925-7522 or visit www.maringeneral.org/babyclasses.