We Deliver More Than Expert Care
Torrance Memorial Medical Center offers private Labor and Delivery rooms
that provide the perfect environment for your family's birthing experience.
Supportive and caring nurses are specially trained to assist you during
this important time with the highest quality care for you and your baby.
- We have 4 private labor rooms, 4 antepartum rooms, 2 bed triage rooms,
3 ORs, and a 5-bed PACU.
- An experienced team of registered nurses, many who are certified in their
specialty of obstetrics, advanced fetal monitoring and lactation education.
- Dedicated anesthesiologists are available around the clock and have been
specially trained in Labor and Delivery practices.
- TOLAC - a Trial of Labor after Cesarean - for mothers who wish to have
a vaginal deliver after delivering cesarean section can do so.
- An in-house Laborist group who provide 24/7 coverage with access to obstetric
and gynecological intensivists, nurses and neonatologists.
Maternity Services Tours
As a parent-to-be, one of the things you'll want to do is make a reservation
to take "Baby Steps," a walking tour of Torrance Memorial's
Family Birth Center. This tour, led by Labor and Delivery nurses, include
a preview of the labor, delivery and mother-baby areas of the hospital.
Tours are offered at least twice a month. You'll enjoy light refreshments,
gifts and a short video about what to expect when it's your time to
deliver. You will also have the opportunity to ask any questions you might
have and meet our friendly staff.
Personal, private tours of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) are
also available for parents with higher-risk pregnancies.
The Torrance Memorial Birth Navigator is an experienced Registered Nurse
with a background in labor, delivery, and mother and baby care with expertise
in pregnancy, childbirth education, labor, delivery, post-partum, and
Our Birth Navigator can:
- Provide you with information, support and resources as throughout your
pregnancy, childbirth, post-delivery and lactation
- Help you develop a personal plan for your labor and delivery at the hospital
Answer questions you may have about:
- Your pregnancy, labor, and delivery
- caring for yourself and your baby post-delivery
- breastfeeding your baby
- Address your special needs or unique circumstances
The Golden Hour
The first hour of life is referred to as the "Golden Hour" for
our new families. We support this special time by asking all visitors
to step out of the room, allowing you and your newborn to be together.
Your nursing staff is at your side to support this first bonding opportunity.
During the "Golden Hour" our nurses help our patients with "skin
to skin" contact with their newborns. "Skin to skin" enhances
the bonding that occurs during the first hour of life and allows the newborn
to maintain optimal body temperature. If you have decided to breastfeed
your newborn, this is the perfect time to start.
"Skin to skin" originated in the
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) as a way to help infants grow and thrive.
- It was so successful in the NICU, this practice was quickly rolled out
to include full-term babies.
- Parents and nurses saw immediate benefits for full-term newborns as well,
including bonding and improvement in the initiation of breastfeeding.
- The "skin to skin" program is extremely popular here - we even
have fathers taking advantage of this opportunity
Should the need arise for your baby to be delivered via Cesarean Section,
the Labor & Delivery staff is fully equipped to provide surgical options
within the department.
- Three designated, state-of-the-art surgical suites are available around
the clock within the department.
- Our focus is on the complete birthing experience and the health and safety
of the mother and baby. Our goal is to keep the birthing process as normal
as possible, even though a surgery component has been added.
- Your birthing partner may be with you during the surgery, and you are given
the same opportunity of having the "skin to skin" experience
with your newborn during the "Golden Hour" in the recovery area.
Labor and Delivery Suites
Each of the 14 beautiful, private labor and delivery suites contains all
of the equipment that might be necessary during delivery.
- Equipment is stowed in the suite's armoire and cupboard, so there is
no unnecessary activity in and out of the room during the birth. This
allows the focus to be where it should be: on the birth experience itself.
- Once delivery is complete, all of the equipment is immediately rolled back
into their areas, allowing the new family to bond in a warm, peaceful