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Perinatal Services

This where it all begins.

Nurses who choose Perinatal Services at UCLA work in a complex, challenging, and rewarding environment. Here, nurses grow both professionally and personally. Whether it's a setting with high-risk patients or less complicated cases, our nurses provide the best birthing experience for every mother and family, every time. Our Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center Labor and Delivery rooms allow mothers to give birth then recover in a comfortable, home-like setting with advanced high-risk specialized perinatal care. The Santa Monica Birthplace provides family-centered care and offers a wide range of services to make the birthing experience a cherished event.


Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center 

Labor and Delivery

This highly complex unit has 12 procedure rooms, which provide comprehensive perinatal care services for mother and neonates of all risk categories. The area provides management of uncomplicated, or complicated, labor and delivery for any obstetric patient, including trial of labor for previous cesarean deliveries. Types of patients include premature rupture of membranes or preterm labor less than 32 weeks gestation, severe maternal medical complications, pregnancy complications and complicated antenatal genetic problems. There is also maternal intensive care for severe maternal cardiac or pulmonary disease, and severe pregnancy-associated hypertensive conditions.

Maternity and Newborn Nursery

Here, nurses provide care for uncomplicated or complicated postpartum or antepartum high-risk obstetric patients who may require monitoring of uterine contractions. Nurses also attend to well babies in the newborn nursery. RNs are cross-trained between all sub-specialities of perinatal nursing including maternity, newborn nursery and labor and delivery to provide nursing care for high census staffing needs.


Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center and Orthopaedic Hospital 

The BirthPlace

As one of Southern California's most complete and highly regarded maternity centers, the BirthPlace offers an array of specialized prenatal services. These include low risk and high-risk ante partum, intra partum, and post partum patients. The newborn nursery includes the care for well newly born babies and newborn treatments. Care also includes selected gynecologic patients, patients that require obstetrical surgical intervention and recovery, and patients requiring inpatient and outpatient maternal/fetal monitoring.



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