Birthing center in the Silicon Valley

The birthing center at Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose, California, is designed to meet the unique needs of you and your growing family.

Our maternity team includes obstetricians, nurses and lactation consultants who are available to help throughout your hospital stay. Additionally, we have an on-site neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), so we can provide specialized care for your baby if they need more specialized medical attention following birth.

To learn more about our family-friendly maternity services, please call us at (408) 559-2327.

Birthing center amenities

For more than 50 years, Good Samaritan Hospital has been helping prepare new parents for their baby's arrival in a safe and nurturing environment. You can count on a safe, stress-free environment for you and your baby. We offer:

Tour our maternity unit

Watch our birthing center tour video or register for a virtual maternity tour where you will learn more about the admissions process, where to go on delivery day, and information on the types of treatment, care and comfort you can expect at our birthing center. You will also be able to view our labor and delivery rooms and mother-baby suites.

Register for virtual maternity tour

Maternity classes and parenting support services

Our hospital offers many different classes to help expectant parents prepare for life with their newborn. Our maternity classes are instructed by highly trained healthcare professionals who are committed to newborn education. Classes cover topics including childbirth, baby care basics, breastfeeding, infant and child CPR, car safety and the early days of parenting.

We are currently offering these virtual classes and support groups:

Neonatal intensive care

When you give birth at our hospital, your child has access to our top-quality Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). This means that if your baby requires additional medical attention following birth, they can receive the advanced care they need while you recover. Newborns in our NICU receive 24-hour monitoring from a team of expertly trained staff.

High-risk pregnancy care

Our hospital has a 17-bed antepartum unit that provides specialized care for women experiencing pregnancy complications, such as gestational diabetes or premature labor. A woman may be admitted to our antepartum unit prior to labor and delivery to monitor her and her baby's health or after delivery to care for high-risk mothers with a child in the NICU.

Women in our antepartum unit benefit from:

  • 24-hour on-site obstetrician gynecologist (OB/GYN) hospitalists and anesthesia providers
  • Consultations from maternal-fetal medicine specialists
  • Diabetes education
  • Dietary consultations
  • Prenatal neonatologist consultations for your newborn

Perinatal navigator

Sometimes a pregnancy does not go as smoothly as expected. It can be overwhelming to navigate multiple doctor’s visits, information, and emotions. A Perinatal Navigator is a registered nurse positioned within the hospital to provide an extra layer of educational and emotional support and that one constant point of contact throughout your High-Risk Pregnancy.

A perinatal navigator can:

  • Answer questions related to your prenatal, pregnancy or postpartum experience
  • Assist you with coordinating and preparing for various subspecialty appointments
  • Direct you to resources at our facility such as parent education classes and facility tours
  • Facilitate communication between physicians, nurses and other members of your care team
  • Follow-up after delivery with subspecialists or other needs

Preparing for your hospital stay

Preparing for labor and delivery can seem like an overwhelming task, but we are here to ensure the process goes as smoothly as possible. For example, you can preregister online ahead of childbirth. You can also download and complete the obstetrical admission form prior to your hospital stay, which you can either bring with you on delivery day or fax beforehand to (408) 559-2675.

What to bring to the hospital for childbirth

When you are packing your hospital bag before delivery, here are a few things to consider bringing:

  • Bathrobe
  • Blanket for your baby (We provide wrappings for baby, but many parents like to have a special blanket from home as well.)
  • Car seat to bring baby home in (Please note that the law requires new parents to have a car seat ready when they are leaving the hospital.)
  • Change of clothes
  • Electronic devices and chargers, including cameras and phones
  • Gown or pajamas
  • Music
  • Toiletries

Should you need additional items, we have an on-site store with a variety of nursing equipment.

Labor induction process

Labor induction, or induced labor, is the process of helping labor begin through medications or other medical interventions. Labor may be induced for several reasons, such as protecting the health of the mother or baby if they are at risk.

Who can have labor induction?

Based on your doctor's recommendations and expertise, you may be able to electively choose to be induced at a certain time. However, this should not occur prior to the 39th week of pregnancy.

Sometimes, labor induction is unsuccessful. In these cases, a doctor may try induction at a later date or consider a Cesarean section (C-section).

How long does labor take after induction?

Labor induction can take anywhere from a few hours to a few days depending on each woman's circumstances. Labor does not begin when induction begins. Labor is defined through regular contractions and dilation of the cervix. Active labor does not begin until a woman reaches a dilation of 6 centimeters. Complete dilation occurs at 10 cm.

Is labor induction safe?

It is a medically safe process, and we have safeguards in place to ensure the mother's and child's health.

Read our labor support booklet

Postpartum care

Following delivery, you and your baby will bond during the "golden hour"—when your child becomes acquainted with you immediately after birth through skin-to-skin contact. Immediate skin-to-skin contact also provides the opportunity to begin breastfeeding, if you choose to and are medically able to use this method of feeding. We have lactation consultants on staff who are available to help you throughout the breastfeeding process.

Visiting information

We offer private rooms and use electronic security monitoring systems to keep your baby safe throughout your stay. You are only allowed two visitors at a time in your room. However, our spacious waiting area is able to accommodate your other guests between visits.

Visiting hours occur daily from 2:00pm to 8:00pm.