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Birth Center

At Kern Medical, we offer compassionate, individualized care for mothers and their babies, exemplified not just in our personal approach to medical care but also in our Kern Medical Birth Center. Our Birth Center offers a wide range of pre-and postnatal support for mothers and babies.

Our 28-bed Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) provides extensive services with seasoned, knowledgeable staff. Labor and delivery, our clinics, our operating rooms, and the emergency room all employ state-of-the-art equipment. We have ultrasound equipment available in labor and delivery, clinics, and in the emergency room.

The Prenatal Diagnostic Center is accredited by the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine. We are also certified by the State of California to provide genetic counseling, obstetrical ultrasounds, and prenatal testing.

Birth Center (Labor and Delivery)

The birth of your child is an occasion to treasure for a lifetime. Our physicians and nursing staff provide the highest level of care, while encouraging patients and families to participate as members of the birthing team.

Our Maternal-Child services include:

  • Newly expanded post-partum unit offering private rooms
  • OB specialists and anesthesia providing in-house 24-hour care
  • Around the clock lactation support and breastfeeding education
  • High-risk pregnancy program
  • Focused care for both diabetic patients and patients that develop gestational diabetes
  • Outpatient clinic to provide continuity of care throughout your pregnancy and delivery
  • Individualized delivery and pain control options based on the mother’s requests
  • Immediate skin-to-skin contact between mother and baby after birth and during your stay
  • Patient and family-centered care promoting “rooming-in” that enhances mother/baby bonding with your baby remaining by your side
  • Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit with 28 licensed beds

Labor & Delivery Options

We encourage every family to create a plan for their labor and delivery and discuss their plan with the care team when they arrive on the unit. Our patients' labor, deliver, and recover in private rooms where spouses and family can attend the birth.

We offer:

  • Labor that may include sitting or walking, and continuous or intermittent fetal heart rate monitoring
  • In-house anesthesia coverage during childbirth 24-hours a day that includes epidurals
  • Dedicated operating rooms available for cesarean births should the need arise

After Delivery

To encourage breastfeeding, mothers and babies will have be offered immediate skin-to-skin contact and uninterrupted time for bonding following delivery. After a period of close monitoring, you and your baby will be transferred to our newly expanded mother-baby unit that offers private rooms. Your registered nurse will perform an initial and ongoing assessments on both you and your baby. As part of our patient and family-centered care, our “rooming-in” means your baby will remain with you throughout your stay, and our care team will come to your room to perform the necessary examinations and screenings. Lactation staff will visit you once per shift, or more frequently, depending on your needs.

Our focus is on you and your new family and giving you all the information that you need to care for yourself and your baby once you go home.

Choosing Kern Medical's Birth Center

To select Kern Medical as your birthing facility, you first need to establish care with an obstetrician who has privileges to deliver at our facility. You can schedule an appointment or find out more information by calling 661.326.2800.


We encourage you to pre-register for the birth of your baby as soon as possible. By completing the required paperwork ahead of time, you will not need to do this on the day your baby is ready to come into the world.

Private Rooms

We want to be sure that you feel at ease during your stay. That is why we provide all our mothers-to-be with the option of private labor, delivery, and recovery rooms that are complete with a relaxing area for you and your baby.

Kern Medical Labor & Delivery rooms offer the following amenities:

  • Adjustable beds
  • Baby bassinets
  • Recliner chair or couch for you or a visitor
  • Private Bathroom and shower
  • Large rooms with comfortable furnishings
  • Room service for patient and support guest
  • Interpreter services
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