At Good Sam, we have designed our birthing center to meet the individualized needs of you and your family. Our state-of-the-art neonatal intensive care unit includes a 24/7 obstetric team, which means we are always prepared for any type of birth. 

Our Silicon Valley hospital is proud to offer the safety and security of a level III NICU, one of the many reasons we have been recognized as one of the “best places to have a baby” by Bay Area Parent magazine.

Preparing for your baby’s arrival

Preparing for your labor and delivery can be stressful, but Good Samaritan Hospital is here to make the process as smooth as possible. We offer tours  of our birthing center, so that you can familiarize yourself with your surroundings before you give birth.

We offer you the opportunity to pre-register with the birthing center through our website. You can also download and complete our obstetrical admission form  before your hospital stay. You may bring this form with you to the hospital or fax it to (408) 559-2675.

We offer private rooms and use electronic security monitoring systems to keep your baby safe and well-protected. You are only allowed two visitors at a time in your room, but the waiting area is very spacious. Visiting hours are from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., allowing plenty of time for family and friends to come see your beautiful new baby.

When preparing for your stay in our birthing center, some items you may think about bringing include:

  • Camera
  • Music
  • Gown or pajamas
  • Change of clothes
  • Robe
  • Toiletries
  • Blanket for your baby
  • Car seat to bring baby home

It is important to note that the law requires you to have a car seat ready when you leave for home. Should you require any other items, we do have a store on-site that carries nursing items, such as nursing bras, breast pumps, newborn clothes and books.

Induced labor

Labor induction is the process of helping labor begin by using medication or other procedures. Labor is induced to stimulate contractions of the uterus in an effort to have a vaginal birth. Labor can be induced if the health of the mother or fetus is at risk or it can be induced electively, although this should not occur before 39 weeks of pregnancy.

Labor induction can take anywhere from a few hours to a few days depending on your personal circumstance. Labor induction is a safe process with safeguards in place to ensure the mother and the baby’s safety. Sometimes labor induction does not work. If this is the case, your doctor may try induction another time or consider cesarean section as an option.
The complications of labor induction can include:

  • Increased strength of contractions
  • Increased risk of infection of the mother or baby
  • Increased risk of cesarean section
  • In rare instances, uterine rupture or death

For more information on what to expect with a labor induction.

If you would like more information on optimizing your chances of having a vaginal birth and tips for labor, please see our labor support booklet.

Labor, delivery and continued care

Following delivery, we allow you to bond with your baby during what is known as the “golden hour,” the time when your baby becomes acquainted to you through skin-to-skin contact. This can also provide the opportunity to begin breastfeeding and receive guidance from one of our lactation consultants, if you choose to do so.

In addition to our maternity services, we also offer pediatric care. We are equipped with a children’s surgery center and a pediatric intensive care unit. Our pediatric services include:

  • Pediatric surgery
  • Endocrinology
  • Neurosurgery
  • Gastroenterology
  • Cardiology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Radiology

If you are interested in our pediatric services, you can find a pediatrician that fits your needs.

Amenities offered to our patients

You can count on Good Samaritan to provide the ultimate maternity services in the Silicon Valley area. We offer the following features to our patients:

  • Labor and delivery suites, including private bathrooms and comfortable furnishings
  • Mother and baby share the same room after delivery to strengthen bonds
  • Certified nurse midwives are part of the obstetric team and available to you
  • Parenting support services, including childbirth classes and new mother support groups
  • Anesthesia and pain management

For parents with babies in the NICU, ACCESS offers services including food and sibling child-care during NICU visits, local overnight accommodations and transportation and bilingual educational resources.