DHS team includes doctors, midwives, nutritionists, health educators, care coordinators, mental health providers, community agencies with specialties in parenting, substance use, housing placement, food access, pregnancy and childbirth education and more!
Labor and Delivery
Labor and Delivery
Hospitals within DHS network include Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, LAC + USC Medical Center, Olive View + UCLA Medical Center, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital. Our community hospitals offer:
- 24-hour, in-house coverage including obstetric physicians and nurses, anesthesiology, and certified midwives
- Technologically advanced rooms
- State-of-the-art infant security system
- Private Showers
- Neonatal Care Units (NCU)
- Comfortable sleeper chairs for your significant other and family members
DHS helps women through their pregnancy and the birth of their baby. Having a birthing plan can help make the birth experience more manageable and meaningful. Keep in mind that no one can control every aspect of labor and delivery, and you’ll need to stay flexible in case something comes up that required your birth team to depart from your plan.
If you are considering a birthing plan, speak with your healthcare team to help develop a birth preference plan.
Through the MAMA’s Neighborhood program, trained care coordinators who work closely with moms to make sure they receive essential services during their pregnancy. Each mother is provided a care coordinator to work closely with them, their medical team, and to help them access and navigate the comprehensive array of services to insure an integrated continuum of care.
Our DHS facilities are designated as Baby-Friendly hospitals. The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) is a global program that was launched by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in 1991 to encourage and recognize hospitals and birthing centers that offer an optimal level of care for infant feeding and mother-to-baby bonding.
Our designated facilities implement skin-to-skin contact immediately after birth and as a continuum of care. Several studies have shown that skin-to-skin contact helps the baby adapt outside of the womb, makes breastfeeding easier, reduces baby’s stress levels, and helps to prevent postpartum depression.
For more information about the Baby-Friendly designation, visit https://www.babyfriendlyusa.org/
MAMA’s Neighborhood is the local name for the “Strong Start for Mothers and Newborns” initiative created by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to reduce preterm births and improve outcomes for newborns and pregnant women. Strong Start tests new approaches to prenatal care and interventions for women at risk for having a preterm birth (baby is born early).
Under the executive direction of Erin Saleeby MD MPH, the LAC Department of Health Services (DHS) has been building evidence based programs, together with project implementation partners RAND/UCLA, the Los Angeles Best Babies Network (LABBN) and Healthy African American Families (HAAF). We have developed six MAMA’S Neighborhoods around Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Martin Luther King Medical Center, Hubert Humphrey Community Health Center, Wilmington Health Center, LAC + USC Medical Center, and Olive View + UCLA Medical Center.
MAMA’s Neighborhood openly extends its services to both high and low risk perinatal and maternity patients. Locally, MAMA’s Neighborhood partners with mothers and communities to give families the strongest start in life.
Click HERE to visit the DHS MAMA’s Neighborhood Program Page.