Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women & Newborns
Labor and Delivery at Sharp Mary Birch Hospital
All in-person prenatal classes, hospital tours and outpatient support groups are canceled until further notice. Many of these programs are available via live webinar, including our prenatal classes and support groups. We appreciate your understanding as we focus on the health and safety of our community.
Delivering more babies than anywhere else in San Diego.
Birthing is not a business — it's an experience that we're honored to be a part of. And as a hospital dedicated solely to women and newborns, we strive to build the delivery journey you deserve.
We know that labor is a life event built around discretion, and shared with those who you choose. That's why all of our labor and delivery suites are private with their own bathrooms.
Support for your personal birthing choices.
Birthing balls. Breathing techniques. Massage. Our teams are trained in a variety of natural delivery methods. If a doula is in your plan, ours have the accreditation and experience to be your guide and cheerleader. Hoping for a vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC)? When deemed safe, our specialists will talk through the benefits and risks. And for parents opting to save cord blood, we have partnered with StemCyte, the nation's leader in collection and banking.
Confidence and peace of mind.
We have state-of-the-art facilities, nationally known specialists and Southern California's largest Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Plus, we provide advanced care for women experiencing high-risk pregnancy.
And while we can't promise a painless labor, know that we're at the top in our field in easing it. Our anesthesiologists use cutting-edge continuous epidural infusion techniques, and their patient pain relief controls give you oversight on your experience.
Guiding you with our pregnancy app.
We know navigating your pregnancy can be overwhelming. That's why we offer Sharp Baby - a free mobile app for you to track pregnancy milestones, schedule appointments, count baby kicks, time contractions and more.
Treatment doesn't end with delivery.
Our dedicated teams cater to new moms and infants. We provide the support, education and confidence needed to help you achieve your breastfeeding goals. And our special cesarean recovery unit keeps mom and baby together during the important first hours of life.
Delivering at Sharp Mary Birch?
To start, you'll need to fill out a maternity preadmission form. If you don't have a form from your doctor, you can download our maternity preadmission form, print it, complete it and return it to the hospital. And consider filling out our birth plan worksheet to detail your labor and delivery wishes.
Read our helpful guide for expectant parents. Please disable your browser's pop-up blocker in order to view the guide.
Sharp Mary Birch
We feature all private patient rooms. Babies "room-in" with their mothers to improve bonding and breastfeeding.
Every patient room is private, with a spa-like bathroom.
Mothers in labor are evaluated in our Triage department.
Family-centered care in our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
Our Women's Acute Care Unit offers surgery for hysterectomy, and treatment for a variety of conditions, including endometriosis and fibroids.
The iconic Sharp Mary Birch stork
We'll help find the doctor who's right for you.
View doctors specializing in obstetrics/gynecology in San Diego.
"The Sharp Experience means going the extra mile and putting in that extra effort, not just on an individual level but on a community level to improve the health and well-being of a population."
"I take the time to listen to my patients' issues and work with them to find a solution."
"The Sharp Experience means physicians among all specialties collaborating to provide patients with the highest quality of care."
"My mission is to provide the best prenatal care possible in a compassionate and understanding way."
"I work to provide patients with the opportunity to take an active role in their care with an individualized treatment plan."
"My mission is to provide the newest technology and medical advances in female care."