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COVID-19 Information and Visitor Guidelines

During this extraordinary time, some necessary modifications have been made to the way we are caring for our patients. All changes are for the safety and ultimate benefit of our patients, their families, our Nurses, OBs and other essential hospital staff. See the documents below for the latest visitor guidelines and what to expect during your time at The Women's Hospital at Saddleback Medical Center:

Coronavirus Visitor Restrictions Tip Sheet

Starting Your Family and Preparing for Pregnancy Classes

Planning to start your family is an exciting time! For many couples, getting ready for a new arrival often begins once you confirm you are expecting, but by the time you learn you are pregnant, you may have already missed a critical window of opportunity to ensure a healthy start and boost the lifelong potential for your child.

To prepare for the best pregnancy possible, preconception planning is essential. There is evidence that many preconception interventions can reduce the risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes such as birth defects, miscarriage, low birth weight, and preterm delivery.

If you are thinking about starting a family sometime in the next year, join us for our exclusive pregnancy planning event. Register here. To learn more in the meantime, listen to “The Importance of Preconception Planning” podcast.

Preparing for Pregnancy Classes

Registration required. For additional information or to register, visit our events section or call 1-800-MEMORIAL (1-800-636-6742).

Preconception Planning/Preparing for Pregnancy

Find out what you and your partner can do before you get pregnant to give your baby a healthy start. Enjoy a complementary meal, gain new insights, spend one-on-one time with a leading obstetrician to get your questions answered, and join us for a personal guided tour. Visit our Preparing for Pregnancy Page for more information and to register.

Fertility 101

Is fertility treatment an option for you and your partner? Join fertility specialist Jane Frederick, M.D. to learn about the causes of infertility, miscarriage and effective treatments.

Ensuring Your Comfort During Labor & Delivery

The secret behind the success of our award winning care is simple. We’re focused on creating the perfect place for you to have your baby.

We were the first Labor, Delivery, Recovery, Postpartum (LDRP) concept in California, allowing you, your partner and your baby have state-of-the-art care and equipment in the comfort of your private suite. After the birth, food service, pediatricians and lactation specialists come to you.

Also, dedicated obstetric anesthesiologists are available to provide immediate, around-the-clock pain management to maximize your comfort.


  • 39 private, family-friendly suites, including natural birthing suites
  • Private bathrooms in each suite
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Special touches including lavender towel service, fresh baked cookies, Jacuzzi tub and fold-out bed for your partner
  • Special keepsake gift
  • Dedicated OB anesthesiologists to provide immediate, around-the-clock pain management to maximize your comfort
  • Caring and compassionate 24/7 labor, delivery and postpartum nurses who provide support and guidance throughout your journey
  • Breastfeeding Support from our Certified Nurse Lactation Consultants
  • Fertility and Surrogacy Support: Including the world’s first bonding room for parents delivering via surrogate so they can stay with their baby in the hospital
  • Room service in-room dining from 7:00am – 7:00pm, including complimentary partner meals, snack menu and celebration brunch.
    Room Service Menu / Snack Menu
  • Birthing resources such as peanut balls and rocking chairs to encourage mobility during labor
  • Translation services, including video interpreter on wheels (iPad) for verbal and sign language
  • Breast pump rentals are available
  • Complimentary self-parking and valet parking (7:30 am – 6:00 pm). Map to access valet parking.
Ensuring You & Your Baby’s Safety During & After Delivery

You and your baby’s safety and health are our top priorities at all time, day or night. That’s why we have a dedicated obstetrician, neonatologist and anesthesiologist on-site 24 hours a day 7 days a week. In the event your obstetrician is unavailable to provide immediate care, our hospital-based obstetricians are here to begin caring for you from the moment you arrive.

While we plan for perfect deliveries and healthy babies, we have an on-site Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and an expert team – including an on-site neonatologist available 24/7 – dedicated to caring for ill or premature infants. This special unit gives you peace of mind knowing that, should the need arise, we can provide immediate, advanced care for your newborn.

We are proud to have low caesarean section (c-section) rates, and have recently been recognized by the California Health and Human Services Secretary and Smart Care California as achieving the Healthy People 2020 goal of 23.9% for low-risk, first-time c-section deliveries (NTSV). While c-sections can be life-saving in some situations, we promote vaginal births as the safest option for low-risk pregnancies.


  • Dedicated obstetrician, neonatologist and anesthesiologist are on-site 24 hours a day 7 days a week
  • Low c-section rates
  • Expertise at handling twins and other multiples
  • Promote vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC)
  • On-site Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and an expert team – including an on-site neonatologist available 24/7 who is dedicated to caring for ill or premature infants, and multiples, if additional care is needed
  • 24/7 live-stream access to NICVIEW, a secure video monitor system that enables families to check in on their newborns from their desktop or mobile devices
  • Perinatologists are available for high-risk patients
  • Dedicated maternity operating rooms
  • Only hospital in Orange County named a Center of Excellence for Obstetrical Anesthesia
Certified Nurse Midwives

The Women's Hospital at MemorialCare Saddleback Medical Center now offers women the option to give birth using the services of a Certified Nurse Midwife. Women who prefer this option can now select to have a midwife by their side throughout their pregnancy and deliver within the comfort and safe environment of our hospital.

The Women’s Hospital offers a program that brings together different disciplines – including medicine, nursing, and midwifery – to provide the most comprehensive care to women in our community. Certified Nurse Midwives develop a special one-on-one relationship with their patients throughout pregnancy, and work collaboratively with each patient’s obstetrician to ensure optimum care.

When your special time comes, Certified Nurse Midwives provide personalized care during active labor, birth, and the immediate postpartum period. They support natural childbirth techniques with little medical intervention if you prefer, provide guidance and support during the pushing phase, and offer assistance to find a position of comfort for your labor and delivery. After the birth, they collaborate with our exceptional nursing staff to encourage skin-to-skin contact and breastfeeding.

Certified Nurse Midwives adhere to the Standard for the Practice of Nurse Midwifery set forth by the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) and adhere to the same hospital and community standards as their physician and nursing colleagues.

Most insurances will cover midwifery services. We encourage you to contact your insurance carrier to confirm plan benefits.


We offer a variety of childbirth and parenting classes to assist and support future and expectant parents. For additional information or to register, visit our events and education section or call 1-800-MEMORIAL (1-800-636-6742).

Hello Baby: Your Birth, Your Way Tour

We know how important your moment and your little miracle is, and we want you to have the utmost confidence in where your baby will have its first glimpse of the world. Whether you’re already pregnant or thinking about starting a family, tour our private, recently renovated, maternity and baby suites. You’ll get a sneak peak of all the wonderful amenities you’ll experience when you welcome your bundle of joy.

Breastfeeding Basics

Achieve the confidence you need to make breastfeeding a satisfying experience for you and your baby. This class covers the basics: positioning, feeding techniques and corrective actions for breastfeeding problems. Dads, coaches and/or a support person are encourage to attend.

New Baby Care

This class explores the adventures of early parenting and provides demonstrations of infant care basics. Take one class prior to delivery.

Boot Camp for New Dads

Veteran dads answer questions, offer advice and share what to expect so “rookie” dads-to-be can thrive. Topics covered include: supporting new mom, caring for baby, parenting as a team and dad’s role during pregnancy, birth and beyond.

Boot Camp for New Moms

Veteran moms answer questions, offer advice, share experiences and demonstrate the many ways to be a mom. Moms-to-be learn how to boost dad’s confidence, work as a team, reinforce the parental relationship before baby’s arrival and get solutions to challenge new moms face.

Infant Safety & CPR

Designed for expectant and new parents, this class covers baby-proofing your home, car seat safety and infant CPR. Due to the hands-on nature of this class, it has been temporarily postponed due to social distancing measures.

Infant Safety & CPR for Grandparents

Grandparents learn about baby-proofing the home, car seat safety, how to handle an emergency and infant/child CPR. Due to the hands-on nature of this class, it has been temporarily postponed due to social distancing measures.

Preparation for Childbirth

This class prepares expectant parents for labor and delivery, with descriptions of the labor and birth process and pain management/relaxation techniques.

VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean)

Taught by a registered nurse and obstetrician, this one-day class includes an overview of labor and delivery, pain management and a discussion of statistical data for parents who have previously delivered by c-section and considering VBAC.

Pre Register Now

For your convenience, you can now complete and submit obstetrical pre-admission paperwork in our secure, online form.


Visit Us! Tour our Women's Hospital

We know how important your moment and your little miracle is, and we want you to have the utmost confidence in where your baby will have its first glimpse of the world. Whether you’re already pregnant or thinking about starting a family, tour our private, recently renovated, maternity and baby suites. You’ll get a sneak peak of all the wonderful amenities you’ll experience. Choose from two tour options:

  • Virtual tour – click here to experience from the comfort of your home or office
  • Live virtual tour – click here to select an available date and time. While our in-person tours have been temporarily suspended due to COVID-19 safety measures, we are pleased to offer this live virtual tour option via Zoom. 

Over the past few months you have all seen or heard much about the 2019 Novel Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, in California. We recognize that situations such as this can create fear and anxiety and our best way to address that is through communication, education, and preparation. Please visit our COVID-19 information page for updated visitor restrictions at this time. Additionally, Orange County Public Health has created a Health Referral Line to take questions from the public about COVID-19. For inquiries, please call (800) 564-8448.

The Women's Hospital

Your Moment. Your Miracle. Your Hospital.
Over 30 years. Over 80,000 babies and counting. An incredible birth experience.

US News & World Report Best Maternity HospitalChoosing the place to deliver your bundle of joy is an important decision. That’s why we’re so proud to deliver award-winning, exceptional maternity care in a beautiful, comfortable environment at The Women’s Hospital at MemorialCare Saddleback Medical Center in Laguna Hills.

We’re here for your entire journey. From preconception planning and childbirth and pregnancy classes, to lactation consultants after childbirth, we have the experts, resources and support to answer all your questions. Whether you’re planning to start your family, choosing your OB/GYN or discovering what we’re about, we’ve got you covered.

The Women’s Hospital offers a team of highly trained obstetricians, pediatricians and other specialists who are sensitive to the needs of new mothers and their babies, and are committed to providing the highest level of service. We deliver nearly 3,000 babies a year, and of these, approximately 10 percent are high-risk births and high-risk multiples referred from throughout Orange County and the surrounding area.

Locations Offering MemorialCare Maternity Centers