The Family Birth Center (FBC) at Downey Regional Medical Center (DRMC) combines high technology with an atmosphere of supportive care. The FBC is designed for your comfort and safety so that your entire birthing experience takes place in one area. Our FBC nurses are highly skilled and experienced to provide high quality care.
The labor/delivery/recovery rooms are spacious and look more like bed and breakfast accommodations than typical hospital rooms. Each room has wood floors, wallpaper and drapes to make the expectant mother feel right at home. Our Mother/Baby rooms (post-partum) allow the baby to stay in the room with mom instead of in a separate nursery.
All procedures needed by an expectant mother are found in our FBC, including operating and post-anesthesia recovery rooms. The FBC is highly equipped to meet the needs of all mothers and parents. We also provide a Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) for newborns with special needs. Sick or premature infants are cared for by specially trained registered nurses and a board-certified neonatologist available 24 hours a day.
Expectant parents can rest assured that the Family Birth Center is protected at all times by several security methods, including locked entrance doors and cameras.
What to Bring
Your suitcase should contain your personal items, such as a robe, slippers and grooming/toiletry articles. Please do not bring any electrical equipment. It is prohibited for use inside the hospital. Electrical devices include, but are not limited to, hair dryers, razors, radios, heating pads and curling irons.
Please limit the valuables you bring to the hospital. If you wish, you may use your own nightgown or pajamas. We ask that maternity patients leave the suitcase in the car or at home, until after the baby is delivered.
(jewelry, dentures, glasses, contact lenses, etc.):
Please refrain from bringing valuables to the hospital. We strongly recommend that you send valuables home or have them placed in the hospital safe. The hospital is not responsible for your personal belongings. Do not bring jewelry, credit cards, keys or money in excess of $20.
When not in use, keep dentures, glasses, hearing aids and contact lenses inside the bedside drawer in clearly labeled containers. Ask your nurse for our special denture cup. Please do not wrap your dentures in napkins and place them on meal trays or under your pillow where they could be mistakenly discarded.
Hospital policy prohibits the use of any medications brought from home. Your physician will make sure you have all the medications you need. If you have medications with you, please have a family member take them home or ask the nurse to send the medications to the hospital pharmacy to be stored until your discharge. There are some exceptions, such as birth control pills. Please review all your home medications, including complimentary therapies, with your nurse.