Best of both worlds birth experience

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MLKCH offers moms the best of both worlds

Baby on the way?  There’s no safer and more supportive place to welcome your new addition than MLKCH.  We’ve won national recognition for our low rate of Cesarean section and high patient satisfaction.  MLKCH is one of the few hospitals in the nation with a nurse-midwife practice model, in which a nurse-midwife as well as a doctor are available during labor and delivery.  This ‘best of both worlds’ model provides moms with the high-tech resources and safety of a state-of-the-art hospital and physician practice as well as the caring, attentive and respectful support of a registered nurse midwife.

The MLKCH difference

Fewer C-sections

MLKCH’s performs far fewer C-sections, or cesarean sections, than average hospitals in California.  C-sections are a surgical procedure used to deliver a baby through an incision made in a mother's abdomen and uterus. The procedure exposes women to risks like infection or hemorrhage. MLKCH has a C-section rate that is less than half the California hospital average, which means our mothers are less likely to experience complications and more likely to recover from childbirth faster.

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More midwife-assisted births

At MLKCH, you are far more likely to be delivered by a midwife.  Why is that important?  Nurse-midwives are trained to listen, to support, and to advocate for their patients.  Our moms report higher levels of satisfaction from midwife-assisted care, saying they felt listened to, respected and not rushed.

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We want to spoil you

We want your birth experience to be memorable.  That’s why all MLKCH moms get a beautiful, spacious, private room with a comfortable sleeping sofa for family members.  We also treat new parents to a “champagne toast” (sparking apple cider, actually) and a cooked-to-order meal of their choice to celebrate the arrival of their bundle of joy.  We’re so happy you’re part of our MLKCH family!

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Meet our laborist

Dr. Tracy Robinson is a UCLA-trained, board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist (OBGYN) with 30 years of experience. She is one of our wonderful OBGYN/laborist physicians who provide support to our nurse midwives if the (uncommon) event of complications. 

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A round-the-clock
care team

You’ll have a certified nurse midwife, obstetrician, and a pain management doctor who are at the hospital 24 hours a day, every day. This is one reason why our C-section rate is much lower than the national average.

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Electronic medical records help us give you better, faster care and our infant security system ensures your baby is safe. Telemedicine lets us reach experts at other hospitals, if we need their help.

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In your private room, you and your new baby will be together at all times. A private bathroom and a sleeper make it comfortable for your spouse, friend, or other adult family member to stay overnight with you.

“At MLKCH, from the second the patient walks in the door, they’re shown respect. They’re listened to.”

The Los Angeles Times

Call us to pre-register 424-338-8300

Or register to have your baby here by visiting our admitting department
Monday – Friday 8am to 4:30pm.

You will need your health insurance card and a picture identification, such as a driver's license.

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Take the tour!
Register for an upcoming tour of our state-of-the-art labor and delivery department. See our beautiful, private rooms, meet our friendly and supportive staff, and learn more about the MLKCH midwife-led difference.

Labor & delivery

24 hours

While you are in labor, you may have friends or family members visit around the clock.

After baby is born

8am – 8pm

After baby is born, visiting hours are from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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