Marin's Premier Family Birth Center

When you’re expecting a baby, you should also expect the highest quality of care and the best possible birth experience. At our Baby-Friendly Family Birth Center, our goal is to offer every woman a safe, meaningful labor and delivery that meets both her healthcare needs and her individual, cultural, and philosophical preferences. We have the technology, services, and expertise you need right here in Marin, including UCSF experts to provide specialized care for high-risk pregnancies and premature or ill newborns. In keeping with our philosophy of treating the whole person -- body, mind, and spirit, we work hard to provide an exceptional experience that delivers:

  • Confidence that we are providing you and your baby with the highest level of medical care. Learn more about our team of experts and our quality and safety standards.
  • Control of your birth experience so you can have your baby, your way. Use our Birth Preferences Plan to personalize your experience.
  • Comfort throughout labor and delivery, in a pleasant, nurturing atmosphere where all of your needs are met. Learn more about our amenities and other options.

Helping You Prepare for Your Special Day

New babies bring a lot of changes, and not just the diaper kind! We are committed to helping you get ready for labor, delivery, and infant care. Below are some things you can do to learn more about your labor and delivery, infant care, and the Family Birth Center.

Watch a Video About our Family Birth Center


Register and Take an In-person Tour

If you are planning to deliver your baby at the Family Birth Center, please help us prepare for your arrival by pre-registering. Taking a tour is an easy way to familiarize yourself and your spouse or partner with our facilities and our process. Call 1-415-925-7258 to schedule. 

Attend one of our Pregnancy and Childbirth Classes or Support Groups 

Our childbirth preparation classes help parents and siblings get ready for the new arrival. Classes range from child and infant CPR to hands-on training for new dads. We also offer support groups for new moms. Click here to view a list of classes, schedules, and fees.

Read a Patient Story

Click on the links below to read first hand experiences from our Family Birthing Center.

An Exceptional Team

Our childbirth team was put together through a thoughtful collaboration between the hospital, local OB/GYN providers, and Prima midwives. The primary objective was to make it easy for patients to choose the type of labor and delivery care they want, supported by round-the-clock services such as anesthesia, pediatrics, and perinatology. We are the only hospital in either Marin or San Francisco to have both OB/GYNs and Certified Nurse Midwives on site at all times. Our registered obstetric and neonatal nurses are specially trained in support of both natural childbirth and high-risk deliveries. Anesthesiologists and pediatricians are also on-site and on-call at all times. If a pregnant mother or a newborn needs more specialized care, we work with perinatologists and neonatologists from UCSF for consult and transfer if necessary. Find a list of prenatal care providers who practice at Marin General Hospital, by clicking here.