OBGYN, Pregnancy and Childbirth Care
Preparing for Your Hospital Visit
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.
Getting ready to give birth.
Find out when it is the right time to go to the hospital.
Have questions about hospital charges? Request a hospital price estimate.
What you need to bring.
- Your hospital admission form
Before your delivery date arrives, please take the time to fill out the maternity admission form. If you are not able to fill out the form before your day of delivery, please go to the admission desk right away upon your arrival.
- Your birth plan
Prepare for your delivery, your way. Fill out our birth plan worksheet with your labor and delivery wishes and bring it with you to the hospital.
- Your overnight bag
Have your bags packed in advance. It's best to have a smaller bag with items you'll want during labor and a larger bag or suitcase with postpartum items. And make sure you charge your cameras and have plenty of memory and new batteries. View our list of packing suggestions.
- A safely installed car seat
Have a car seat properly installed in your car to be ready for baby. According to safety experts, 96 percent of all car seats in San Diego County are improperly installed. Learn more about car seat safety.
What you need to know.
- Your hospital stay
Learn who can stay overnight with you and some of the features available to hospital guests as you prepare for your overnight stay at one of our hospitals: Sharp Chula Vista, Sharp Grossmont or Sharp Mary Birch.
- Where to park
Make sure you know where to park when you go into labor. Please do not park in handicapped or ambulance parking areas. Wheelchairs are available at all hospitals. Find the map, directions and parking information for the Sharp hospital where you will be delivering: Sharp Chula Vista, Sharp Grossmont or Sharp Mary Birch.
- Arriving at night
Check your hospital's protocol for evening arrivals to ensure you know where to park, which entrance to use and where to locate the admitting staff for a nighttime arrival.
- Wireless internet access
For your convenience, free wireless internet access is available at all Sharp hospitals.
Come tour our childbirth hospitals.
We'll help find the doctor who's right for you.
View doctors specializing in obstetrics/gynecology in San Diego.
Dr. Lisa Ann Johnston
"I take the time to listen to my patients' issues and work with them to find a solution."
Dr. Ariel Shuckett
"The Sharp Experience signifies a warm and fostering environment that delivers exceptional patient care."
Dr. Melody Besharati
"The Sharp Experience means a culture dedicated to providing exemplary care that consistently exceeds the expectations of the community it serves."
Dr. Kimia Menhaji
"The Sharp Experience is providing excellent care to each patient using evidence-based medicine, and the best surgical techniques in a caring environment and state of the art facilities."
Dr. Andrea Journagin
"The Sharp Experience means exceeding patients' expectations by providing the highest quality women's health care possible."
Dr. Lisa Underwood
"The Sharp Experience means providers and support staff collaborating at all levels to ensure patients receive the highest quality of care."
Dr. Gabriella Woods
Dr. Mark Zyman
"I foster open communication to deliver the highest quality of patient-centered care."
Dr. Blair Henderson
"I am grateful for the opportunity to be able to provide compassionate care for women of all ages."