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Things to Consider When Choosing Where to Have Your Baby

When you’re deciding where to have your baby, you want to consider every aspect of care – including the specialized services you’ll need if something doesn’t go as planned.

“Providence Tarzana has the equipment and staff necessary to care for babies with complex and challenging conditions,” says Tamera Martin, RN CLE, clinical nurse manager of the Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

The NICU is staffed by specially trained doctors, nurses and support staff, who know how to care for babies born prematurely or with other special needs.

Choosing a hospital with a NICU is especially important for mothers who know their pregnancy is high-risk, but it’s a smart choice for any mother-to-be.

“We’re very family-centered,” says Martin. Parents can spend up to 22 hours a day with their baby, and are encouraged to hold the child skin-to skin, a practice known as Kangaroo care.

Kangaroo care is just as beneficial to an infant’s growth and development as is medicine. Ariana West quickly learned the benefits of Kangaroo care when her son Shai was born prematurely, weighing 2 pounds, 1 ounce.

“They showed us the softer side of medical care,” Ariana explains. “They really took care of our baby, not just from the medical side, but also from the very basic human level of loving and caring for him, until he was ready to go home.”

The California Children’s Services certified NICU at Providence Tarzana can provide specialized care and surgery for critically ill infants regardless of birth weight or gestational age.

“Right here in the Valley we can provide many of the surgeries done at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles,” says Jim Banks, M.D., medical director of the NICU at Providence Tarzana.

Since a lot of high-risk situations can’t be predicted in advance, parents should choose a hospital that is capable of an immediate response to any high risk situation that might evolve.

Healthy babies are born every day at Providence Tarzana. Many of those who were born here are now returning, years later, to deliver babies of their own. But it’s also reassuring to know that there’s specialized care available if something unexpected should happen, just as it did with the Wests.


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How Do I Enroll My Child in My Health Insurance?

Within 30 days after your baby’s birth, you will be required to separately enroll your baby in an insurance plan.
Most insurance plans that offer maternity benefits will include well-baby care under the mother’s plan for the first 30 days following birth. We recommend you contact your insurance provider directly to find out what the regulations are on health insurance coverage for your baby. The Human Resources Benefits department at your workplace may also be able to assist you with this information.

It is your responsibility to notify the Admitting staff at Providence of any and all insurance plans you may have for yourself and your baby.
It is also very important to notify Admitting of any changes in your insurance plans. The hospital has specific deadlines for notifying insurance providers about your admission as well as notifying them on the birth of your baby. If we do not have correct and complete information, your insurance may not cover the services provided and you may be responsible for any incurred charges.

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The First Breath is Very Important to Us

Having a baby is a life-changing event and should be a joyous and comfortable one. Providence Tarzana Medical Center is home to award winning maternity care, consistently recognized by leading quality ratings organizations.

With a dedicated Women’s Pavilion designed with mothers and babies in mind, the Labor/Delivery/Recovery (LDR) suites are equipped with state-of-the-art monitoring and delivery capabilities.

Mothers have choices about the type of delivery they would like to have, including traditional, natural and doula-guided childbirth, which uses a nonmedical assistant, such as a birth assistant or labor support specialist.

Following delivery, we advocate keeping mother and baby together in the hospital room to promote enhanced bonding and continuity of care.

These are among the many reasons why babies born at Providence Tarzana are now returning as adults to have their own babies.

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31 weeks into her pregnancy, Ariana knew something was wrong when she couldn’t feel the baby kicking.

Ariana West was having a perfectly normal pregnancy, and she and her husband, Kevin, had just started birthing classes to prepare for the delivery of their first child at Providence Tarzana Medical Center.

But 31 weeks into her pregnancy, Ariana knew something was wrong when she couldn’t feel the baby kicking. The doctors at Providence Tarzana Medical Center examined Ariana and decided the Wests’ baby needed to be delivered right away.

“They thought it would be better to treat him outside of Ariana’s body, so our son, Shai, was born weighing 2 pounds, 1 ounce,” Kevin says. “They had given Ariana two shots of steroids, which was very helpful because Shai came out breathing on his own, which is pretty big for a baby that small.”

Shai was immediately placed in Providence Tarzana’s 21-bed Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). He stayed there for 55 days, while the staff worked around the clock to take care of all of his needs—and those of his parents.

Today, Shai is a happy, healthy baby, who is growing and developing nicely. The Wests are so grateful for the care their child received that they are working with the Providence Tarzana Foundation to establish a nonprofit organization to provide support for parents with infants in the NICU.

“The nonprofit organization that the Wests are establishing will be an excellent resource for parents because they can connect with families that already have gone through the experience,” said Tamera Martin, manager of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.  And, from the Wests’ perspective, creating the organization is truly a labor of love. “Providence Tarzana NICU staff became like part of our family, and we’re always going to have a connection with them,” Ariana says.