Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women & Newborns
Sharp Mary Birch Virtual Tour
At Sharp Mary Birch, we understand this time can bring even more worry for our mothers-to-be. We're here to help.
Stay up to date on COVID-19 visitor restrictions.
While we cannot offer hospital tours at this time, below you'll find a virtual tour of what to expect when you arrive at Sharp Mary Birch to have your baby. We hope this step-by-step slideshow below helps ease anxieties and answers questions you may have about your delivery.
Sharp Mary Birch Virtual Tour
Sharp Mary Birch is San Diego’s only hospital dedicated exclusively to women. We deliver more babies than any other hospital in California — nearly 8,000 each year.
Upon arrival at Sharp Mary Birch, please check in with our concierge team at the front desk.
Our concierge will direct you to our triage department, where you will be assessed. Designated support persons will be registered and will receive a special wristband at the time of check-in.
Upon check-in, our 18-bed triage unit assesses laboring mothers to determine the stage of their labor.
Your stay in triage can last 30 minutes to a few hours. Ultimately, the triage unit will admit mothers in active labor to our labor and delivery floor, where she will be joined by her designated support person.
After triage, you will be moved to one of our 22 labor, delivery and recovery suites.
Each private room is equipped with a personal shower and birth and peanut balls for comfort throughout delivery. After delivery, you will recover with your support person and baby in this room for approximately two hours.
If you have a scheduled or medically required cesarean birth, your surgery will take place in one of our state-of-the-art operating rooms. After delivery, you and your baby will be placed skin-to-skin in the recovery area.
After delivery, you and your baby will be brought to a recovery room on the maternal infant services (MIS) floor.
While in recovery, you will have access to breastfeeding support and your baby will receive several in-room health screenings, including a hearing test. Sleeper sofas allow your support person to spend the night.
The Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Sharp Mary Birch is known worldwide for its exceptional care, and is the largest unit of its kind in California.
With a multidisciplinary team of experts and our Neonatal Research Institute discovering leading-edge treatments and practices, the NICU is the best place for your baby to grow, heal and receive specialized, high-quality medical care.
The Perinatal Special Care Unit (PSCU) provides specialized care for pregnant women facing a variety of complications — including high-risk multiples (i.e., twins, triplets), preterm labor, chronic illness and diabetes — that require hospitalization.
The New Beginnings Boutique & Gift Shop is a full-service breastfeeding resource center, staffed daily by certified lactation educators. It offers a selection of nursing bras, breast pumps for sale and rent, breastfeeding accessories, gifts and more.
Currently, the boutique is screening visitors before entering and limiting the amount of visitors to adhere to appropriate social distancing standards. The boutique is also able to deliver gifts and flowers to any patient or caregiver in the hospital.
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