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Birth Center (Labor & Delivery)

Our Small Wonders Birth Center is more than a just place where babies are born. It’s where the birth of your child is a special occasion to treasure for a lifetime. Our physicians and nursing staff provide the highest level of care with a service philosophy that encourages patients and families to participate as members of the birthing team. Our services provide a complete range of pre- and postnatal support for mothers and babies.

Our Maternal-Child services include:

  • Newly expanded post-partum unit offering private rooms
  • OB specialists and anesthesia providing in-house 24-hour care
  • Nurse lactation consultants and breast feeding 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 and Delivery Options

We encourage every family to plan for their labor and delivery and notify their care team when they arrive about their plan. 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 immediate skin-to-skin contact following delivery and uninterrupted time for bonding. Within a short period of time after delivery, you will be transferred with your baby to our newly expanded postpartum unit that offers private rooms. You and your baby will have an initial assessment by a registered nurse. 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. Our focus is on you and your new family and giving you all the information you need to care for yourself and your baby once you go home.

Choosing Kern Medical Center's Small Wonders Maternal Child Center

To select Kern Medical Center 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 326-2800. Tours are available to visit the Small Wonders Maternal Child Center.


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.