The Family Birthing Center at Highland Hospital Is Now Open

The Family Birthing Center at Highland Hospital offers specialty care for expecting mothers, their babies, and their entire families. 

Oakland families are now benefitting from the improved Family Birthing Center at Highland Hospital — part of the hospital’s recent $670 million renovation. It offers cutting-edge technology and access to teams of midwives, obstetricians, and nurses in a comfortable, home-like setting. 

Exceptional Facilities for Newborns and Their Families

Housed in Highland Hospital’s new Acute Care Tower, the Family Birthing Center offers expectant parents everything they need for a safe and welcoming labor and delivery. The Center strives for child- and mother-focused care, with the goal of implementing the family’s birth plan whenever medically possible and appropriate. A team of skilled maternity specialists is on site and are open to collaborating with doulas throughout the birthing process.

The newly built facility has numerous amenities, including:

  • A 24/7 team of obstetricians, Certified Nurse Midwives, and labor and delivery nurses
  • Private labor and delivery rooms
  • High-tech monitoring solutions that allow mothers to move around more freely during labor
  • Spacious post-partum suites with room for visitors and loved ones
  • 24-hour room service for expectant mothers
  • Improved NICU facilities that allow a mother to stay with her newborn 
  • Wide hallways for ease of access and patient movement
  • Noise-reducing materials in the walls and floors for a more peaceful environment

Additionally, the Family Birthing Center is open to delayed cord clamping and bathing, which some families prefer for parent-child bonding and other purposes. 

For two years in a row, the Family Birthing Center was recognized by the California Health and Human Services Agency and Smart Care California for its dramatic decrease in Cesarean (C-section) births for low-risk, first-time mothers. Currently, Highland Hospital performs fewer low-risk C-sections than the 2020 federal target of 23.9%. The hospital attributes this reduction in C-sections to the presence and talent of their nurse-midwife team.

A Baby-Friendly Hospital

Labor and delivery are just two of many phases of childbirth. Highland Hospital’s skilled team of OB-GYNs, nurses, pediatricians, and lactation specialists step in once a mother has safely delivered her child. They work to ensure that parent-child bonding isn’t limited due to medical care and monitoring — helping to spark close and loving relationships that will last a lifetime.

Since 2012, UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO) have designated Highland Hospital as a Baby-Friendly Hospital. (The hospital is currently in the re-designation process.) Baby-Friendly Hospitals comply with a series ten of guidelines that are considered best practices in newborn care, focusing on skin-to-skin care, breastfeeding support, and keeping infants with their mother (rather than in a closed nursery). The hospital also offers a wide variety of prenatal and postpartum classes and support services. 

Highland Hospital and Canopy Health: Partners in Infant Wellness

Canopy Health is proud to include Highland Hospital’s Family Birthing Center as a major asset in our expanding alliance. Its patient-focused, baby-friendly approach benefits mothers, infants, and their extended families and reflects our alliance’s dedication to refreshingly clear, human care. 


Highland Hospital makes California honor roll (2018, January 19). Alameda Health System. Retrieved from