Our Skin-to-Skin Bonding Program is Truly Unique!
Mothers, fathers and their babies thrive when they get private time for skin-to-skin bonding during the Sacred Hour after delivery.
Our physicians and nurses provide support and privacy for the family post-delivery that enhances bonding, breastfeeding and creates priceless memories.
“The Sacred Hour is way more precious than gold…”
You’ve waited what seems like forever for this moment to arrive and now it’s finally here. Skin-to-skin, your newborn recognizes your voice as he or she gazes into your eyes as you speak softly in their tiny little ear. This hour, 60 minutes of precious time, is literally, a once in a lifetime experience. Our nursing staff (many whom are mothers themselves) knows from experience, that this hour is simply priceless and we will give new parents the environment they need to experience bonding with their newborn.
“When I look at my baby and how intricate & perfect he is, I am in awe…”
It is truly amazing how our bodies were created. It’s even more amazing how women were designed to give life to another human being and then within minutes have the ability to provide the one thing your baby needs to sustain life – The Ultimate Gift of Love - breast milk. The perfect source of nutrition that, even in today’s technologically advanced world, scientists have not been able to successfully duplicate. Research has shown time and again that Breast is Best, and our staff of nurses and lactation consultants will be available to assist you during your natural transition from Giving Life to giving your Ultimate Gift of Love…
“Safe and Secure in Our House…”
From the moment your baby takes his or her first breath, you can rest assured that we have done our part to protect them. Life is a precious gift and we intend to preserve that gift at all costs. The security system we’ve invested in and installed for you and your baby, features state of the art technology, so you can focus your full attention on the thing you love and adore most… your precious newborn.
About Our Maternity Department
- 5 LDR rooms
- 12 postpartum rooms
- 2 observation beds
- Well baby nursery
- Couplet Care
- Lactation support
- Classes & support groups
- LLUMC Neonatology Physicians
- Nursery Care
In Person: Visit the hospital front entrance Monday-Friday from 5:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
By Phone: Call 951-290-4000 and ask for Patient Access. Patient Access is open Monday-Friday from 5:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Have the following information ready:
- Patient’s Legal Name
- Date of Birth
- Telephone Number
- Social Security Number
- Scheduled Date of Service (if induction or c-section)
- Due Date
- Admitting and Referring Physician(s)
- Emergency contact
- Insurance Information
- Name of your pediatrician
We offer a variety of tour options for couples looking for the right hospital for their delivery. Tours are available on some weeknights and weekends to best accommodate you and your loved ones.
To register for a free tour, please call 951-290-4070. Two persons per baby are allowed on the tour and we ask that small children not come. The tours take 60 minutes, including time for your questions.
What You Need to Know
Skin-to-Skin Bonding: Our focus for mom's who deliver vaginally or by c-section is to provide skin-to-skin bonding in the hour right after delivery. This is a precious time that helps to establish strong bonds and builds a foundation for successful breastfeeding. Mom's who deliver by C-Section will receive their baby onto their chest right after delivery and complete their bonding time in their private post postpartum room after their surgery is completed. Mom's who deliver vaginally will experience their bonding time in the LDR room and will later be moved to their postpartum room. Other loved ones may participate in skin-to-skin bonding.
Clear Draping for C-Sections: We offer mom's who will have a C-Section the option to use a clear drape so they can see their baby at the time of delivery. We also provide traditional draping for those who want it.
Birth Wish List: We want to help you have the delivery you have envisioned. If you have certain things that matter most to you, please communicate those to your nurse and your wishes will be included in your chart. Please remember that medical necessity will always take precedence.
Security: From the moment your baby takes his or her first breath, you can rest assured that we have done our part to protect them. The security system we’ve invested in and installed for you and your baby, features state of the art technology, so you can focus your full attention on the thing you love and adore most… your precious newborn.
Private & Quiet Rooms: All rooms are private and equipped with sleeper couches and full restrooms. Family and visitors are allowed to use the restrooms and showers in their loved ones room. We provide linens as needed.
Spiritual Support: We have broad denominational representation in our chaplaincy team and can provide you and your family with spiritual care 24/7/365. Please notify your nurse if you would like to speak with a chaplain.
Shift Change: Most of our clinical teams work 12-hour shifts. Our shift changes occur at 7:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. each day. When this occurs your nurse will meet with your new nurse to provide continuity of care and will then introduce you to your new nurse.
Celebration Meal: After your baby is born, you will be hungry! We send freshly made chocolate dipped strawberries and Martinelli’s Sparkling Cider to your post-partum room along with a celebration meal menu during our kitchen’s operational hours. If you deliver when the kitchen is closed, you will receive your strawberries and Martinelli’s once they are open. You will place an order for your celebration meal to enjoy with your loved one.
Meals & Food Service for Visitors
Cafeteria: The hospital Café Padrino (cafeteria) is located on the first floor and is open daily from 7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (Vegetarian Only)
Café Amici: Located in the Professional Office Building next door on the 3rd floor. Open M-F 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Non-Vegetarian)
Vending Machines: We have vending machines on the second floor near the waiting room and on the first floor near the cafeteria. (Non-Vegetarian)
Patient Menu: Patients will order food from our Non-Vegetarian menu. Family/Visitors are also welcome to order from this menu and they will receive their meal at the same time as the patient (mom).
Gift Shop: Our Gift Shop in the lobby offers a variety of healthy food options. 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday - Friday
Video Recording / Photography
Please follow the instructions given to you by your nurse. Video is allowed up to a certain point and you will be notified when that moment arrives. Please respect the privacy of our employees and other families by not capturing them in the video without their permission. Skype and other forms of video conferencing are not allowed because they are not secure and do not meet privacy standards by law.
Classes: We provide a variety of newborn, breastfeeding and other classes to help support you and your family. To learn more call 951-290-4860.
Circumcision: We do provide circumcision in the hospital. They are performed by our neonatologists. If you wish to have your baby boy circumcised in the hospital please let your nurse know so that we can work on scheduling that procedure. Please note that we may not always be able to schedule the procedure. Pediatricians provide outpatient circumcisions in their offices. If your pediatrician does not provide this service they should refer you to a pediatrician who does.
Pediatrician: Please select your pediatrician prior to delivering your baby. This will ease your transition of care from the hospital to follow-up baby care with your pediatrician. Your pediatrician does not need to be on our staff. Our neonatologist can discharge your infant.
Car Seats: Please have your car seat ready on the day of your departure and practice putting into your car the appropriate way. Car seats are only safe when they are situated properly. Our staff cannot assist you with your car seat.
Breastfeeding Support: We provide breastfeeding support after you and your baby go home at no cost to you. Call 951-704-1325 to learn more or to schedule your visit. You will have professional support from the same team who helped you while you were here during your delivery and recovery.
Hand Hygiene: Infection control is a top priority in our hospital. Handwashing is still the very best way to prevent the spread of infection. Please encourage your visitors and family to wash their hands well before visiting and after they leave. Each room is equipped with handwashing stations and hospital-grade foam.
Bringing Food In: You and your visitors may bring in food from outside sources. There are a variety of food sources available on Scott Road/Antelope including pizza, sushi, Mexican, sandwiches and a grocery outlet. Food is also nearby at the Clinton-Keith I-215 exit that includes frozen yogurt, smoothies, sandwiches, coffee and a Super Target. You may also order food to be delivered to the hospital front desk. To the north at Scott Road, there are many food choices and two miles further north at Newport Road, there are a variety of eateries.
Coffee: Our hospital serves coffee in the cafeteria, in Café Amici, on the patient menu and your nurses have coffee makers on the unit and can provide coffee for you and your loved ones as requested.
Baby Blankets & Clothing: The hospital provides linens that belong to our linen resource company. When it’s time to go home, you will want to have your own baby blankets and clothing for your special day.
Latex-Free Hospital: We don't have latex in our hospital so the only type of balloons allowed are Mylar.
Visiting & Family
Your family is important to you, and to us! We have a generous visitor policy allowing designated family and friends to visit their loved ones 24/7/365. All visitors must sign in at the front desk or at the ER front desk, and give the name of the person they are visiting. Visitors receive an ID badge.
Main Entrance: Visitors can access the hospital Monday-Friday at the front desk from 5:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday front desk hours are 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Emergency Entrance: When visiting a loved one in the hospital when the front desk is closed, you may access the hospital through the Emergency Department Entrance. Visitors will sign in and be directed to the labor and delivery department.
Father/Partner: We encourage the father or partner to spend as much time as possible with mother and baby to support family bonding. We do everything we can to make your new family comfortable for overnight stays in the LDR and/or Post Partum rooms. Bedding is provided by the hospital.
Other Family: Family members, friends and siblings are welcome. Children under 12 must have be accompanied by an adult at all times when visiting. If a visitor is ill, they will not be allowed to visit to protect your infant and other babies in the unit from getting sick.
Visitor Limits: We ask that up to four (4) visitors be in the room at any given time. From time to time, medical exams will occur and all visitors will be asked to step out of the room and wait in the family waiting room. It’s important for family members to not wait in the hallway to protect privacy and for security purposes.
Babies: Babies born in our hospital traditionally room in with mom. Babies cannot leave their rooms without being in their rolling bassinet. Babies cannot be taken out of their room in the arms of anyone due to security protocols.
Can I pre-register?
Yes. You can come into our Patient Registration at any time prior to your delivery due date and pre-register. We highly recommend that you do this to ensure a quick and stress-free transition into the maternity unit.
Where do I go?
Please visit the hospital and speak to the front desk attendant and they will direct you.
So if I am pre-registered, where do I go when I am in labor?
If you go into labor, please use our Emergency Department to enter the hospital. The department is to the left of the main entrance. When you enter the hospital parking lot turn left and then right under the ER covered driveway. Here you will be given assistance into a wheelchair and will continue upstairs to begin your triage and assessment.
What if I am scheduled for a C-Section?
Usually a day or two before your C-Section our doctor will schedule you to come in to the hospital for a pre-operative appointment. Please check in the at the front desk and they will escort your to where you need to go. For the morning of your C-Section, check in at the Front Desk and they will show you to Patient Access.
If I have a C-Section will I be separated from my baby?
We try to keep you and your baby together after your C-Section. During C-Sections we allow one support person in the operating room with the patient during the surgery, unless general anesthesia is used. Once your baby is assessed and weighted by our nursery team we will put your baby skin-to-skin with you in the OR. This will facilitate the beginning of the "Sacred Hour" and your skin-to-skin bonding opportunity. As long as mom and baby are stable skin to skin bonding is fully supported.
Do you provide delayed cord clamping?
Yes, we do. As part of our skin-to-skin bonding and Sacred Hour focus, delayed cord clamping is part of our program. The delay is typically only a few minutes and doesn't change the process of a loved one being able to cut the umbilical cord.
What if my labor stops or is a false alarm?
The LLUMC-Murrieta maternity nursing staff will evaluate you in our triage room in the maternity unit. If they determine you are not yet in labor, you will be sent home with instructions on when and how to return.
What determines if I am in labor?
When your contractions are regular and are producing measurable results in dilation and effacement, you are considered to be in active labor.
Does the maternity unit provide support for bonding during the “sacred hour”?
Yes. We are committed to preserving the precious opportunity for new parents to bond with their newborn babies during the first hour of life with the following steps:
- We encourage new parents to have privacy and quiet during that hour
- We have warm rooms, ambient lighting to create a settings that encourages skin to skin bonding
- This promotes the perfect environment for the first breastfeeding session
Do I deliver and recover in the same room?
Yes, our rooms are LDR rooms (Labor Delivery Recovery) are designed to support the birthing experience through labor, birth and two hours of recovery after delivery which includes the “golden hour” of bonding. After a two hour recovery you and your baby will be transferred to a postpartum room.
Can my partner room in with me after delivery?
Yes, we are fully committed to supporting the family bonding process for mom, baby and partner by providing:
- 24/7/365 visitor policy
- Each room is equipped sleeper couches that were designed to provide a comfortable place to rest
- Restrooms equipped with showers are in each private postpartum room.
- Extended family and friends are encouraged to visit you when you are relocated to your postpartum room.
Do you provide breastfeeding support?
Yes, we have lactation consultants on our staff and offer lactation support through our highly trained and experienced nursing staff.
How long will I be in the hospital?
On average, vaginal deliveries will stay in the hospital between 24-48 hours post-delivery (this time does not include the amount of time in labor).
Cesarean section deliveries will be in the hospital an average of 72-96 hours post-delivery.
What happens if my baby requires special care?
Newborns that need specialized care will be transported, based on acuity, via ambulance or air lift to the following options:
- Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital in San Bernardino
- Sharp’s Mary Birch Women’s & Children Hospital in San Diego
- Riverside county Regional Medical Center in Moreno Valley
- Rancho Springs Medical Center in Murrieta
Will I be able to go with my baby?
Each situation is different and you will be working with your team to determine each step during the process. If you are ready for discharge you will able to leave the hospital and go with your baby, however you will not be able to ride in the ambulance, but can follow in a car driven be a friend or family member.
Can my baby boy be circumcised while in the hospital?
Services may be provided based on your physician. Some pediatricians and neonatologists do perform circumcisions here in the hospital. Talk to your postpartum nurse if you would like to have this procedure done ans she will notify the physician on call. If the procedure cannot be done while in the hospital, it can be done in your pediatricians office after discharge.
Are you a teaching hospital like the facility in Loma Linda?
No, we will not be a teaching facility at this time.
Do you permit Doulas to participate?
Yes, as long as they understand that our staff will direct the flow of care, especially in situations that require special medical treatment.
Do you offer classes?
Yes. We will have a variety of classes pertaining to:
- Childbirth preparation
- Newborn Necessities Boot Camp
The Mother-Baby Connection Breastfeeding Clinic provides services that help moms and babies stay on track with breastfeeding, which can sometimes be challenging during the first few weeks. Many moms need breastfeeding support before and after going home from the hospital. Our International Board Certified Lactation Consultants provide excellent breastfeeding support in the hospital and now moms can get breastfeeding help after going home too. This help is available to all mothers and babies, regardless of where the baby was born. Currently breastfeeding consultations in the Mother-Baby Connection Breastfeeding Clinic are free of charge.
Breastfeeding provides the best nutrition for babies and has many other benefits for both babies and moms. Studies show that babies who are fed breast milk have fewer infections, lower rates of obesity, childhood cancer, and Diabetes Type I, higher IQs, and half the risk of Sudden Infant Death (SIDS). Studies also show that mothers who provide breast milk have lower rates of breast cancer, ovarian cancer, osteoporosis, obesity, Diabetes Type II, high blood pressure, and heart disease. Because breastfeeding is so important, more and more moms want to breastfeed their babies and we are here to support you – both in the hospital and when you go home.
Location: Mother-Baby Unit at LLUMC-Murrieta
Appointments: Available 7 days a week when Lactation Consultants are present. Call to ask a question about breastfeeding or make an appointment.
What we do:
Breastfeeding education and support – including weight checks and transcutaneous bilirubin checks
What we don’t do:
Procedures and blood draws
After each breastfeeding consultation, the lactation consultant will fax a summary of the visit to your baby’s pediatrician and will notify them personally if there are any concerns.
We provide breastfeeding support after you and your baby go home at no cost to you.
951-704-1325 Call to learn more or to schedule your visit.
You will have professional support from the same team who helped you while you were here during your delivery and recovery.
Being with Your Baby
We make sure that all stable babies and mothers stay together after birth – yes, even in the operating room after Cesarean births. The first hour after birth is so special for you and your baby, that we call it the “Sacred Hour,” and we are committed to protecting and honoring that time for you and your family.
We are here to support your breastfeeding goals. Mothers who have their babies at our hospital have some of the highest breastfeeding success rates in the state. We are here for you even after you go home. Breastfeeding help is available in our outpatient Mother-Baby Connections Breastfeeding Clinic.