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Family Birthing Center


Every Mother is a Hero


At French Hospital Medical Center we believe that every mother is a hero and every baby is a miracle.

Creating a family is a wondrous event that stirs many different emotions. It is important that you are fully informed and prepared for the exciting changes that are about to occur to both you and your family.

The Family Birthing Center at French Hospital Medical Center focuses as much on proper preparation for the birth of your child, as the birth itself and your roles as parents. From the peace of mind that comes from knowing that each of our nurses are specially trained to attend to your every need to the comfort of having your birth experience take place in your own private room, we will be your partners in this magnificent event.

At French Hospital Medical Center, our program of personal care is designed to keep your birth "family-focused" and intimate through the use of LDRP rooms (Labor, Delivery, Recovery and Post-Partum all in one room). Our intimate and private rooms make you feel comfortable and at ease during your birthing process.

During Labor and Delivery our birthing beds supply both comfort and convenience. Rather than having you change beds between stages, the beds adjust instantly to accommodate most birthing positions. All of our birthing suites are capable of accommodating the very latest in maternity equipment if needed.

To promote the importance of family-centered care, newborns are cared for at the mother's bedside by the same nurse who provides care for the mother. We will keep mother and baby together in the same room from the moment the baby is born, (dads and supportive persons are welcome too). The quiet time that this simple touch allows you is essential for bonding with the baby and provides the mother with ample time necessary for a successful recovery. We will take care of the little details so that you can focus on what is really important.

The Family Birthing Center also provides Childbirth and Parenting Education Programs. Our program provides educational services for the entire family beginning before the baby is born and continuing after you go home. Educators specializing in all aspects of pregnancy, childbirth, infant care and safety will successfully guide you and your family through this amazing experience. Take a Virtual Tour of many of the programs and service areas at FHMC click here .


Childbirth Classes

Our classes include the following plus many more. All classes are free except where stated:

Baby Basics
Information and tips on newborns and infants: sleeping, bathing, feeding, diapering, swaddling, medications, immunizations, remedies for fussy babies, milestones and more in a fun, relaxed atmosphere. We practice with life-size baby dolls.

Baby Hour
Join other nursing mothers and a lactation consultant for this free weekly breastfeeding support group as we discuss various topics related to breastfeeding and parenthood. Mothers and babies are welcome; no need to register.

Breastfeeding
The benefits of breastfeeding, positioning baby for a successful latch, and guidelines for knowing that your baby is getting enough breast milk will be discussed. Tips on returning to work and advice regarding pumps and milk storage is included. Partners are also encouraged to attend.

Family Birthing Center Tours
This 45 minute tour will familiarize expectant families with the Family Birthing Center and the hospital as well as answer questions. Partners, coaches and grandparents are all welcome.

Infant CPR
You will learn life saving skills for infants from birth to one year of age.

Natural Childbirth
Our childbirth classes are designed to provide current information, practical tools, and techniques needed to promote a healthy birth experience. Partners and coaches are encouraged to attend. Please bring a pillow and a blanket/yoga mat each night. One-time fee: $10.00.

Prepared Childbirth
Our childbirth classes are designed to provide current information, practical tools, and techniques needed to promote a healthy birth experience. Partners and coaches are encouraged to attend. Please bring a pillow and a blanket/yoga mat each night. One-time fee: $10.00.

Sibling Class
This one-time class is designed for children ages 3–12 and emphasizes the importance of being a big brother or big sister. It includes hands-on experience with life-sized baby dolls, fun activities, a short movie and tips on becoming a sibling. We will also take a tour of the Family Birthing Center and hopefully meet a new–born. Parents also attend; bring your cameras!




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French Hospital Medical Center
1911 Johnson Avenue
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
(805) 543-5353