After Delivery Services & Specialties

Collaboration between doctors at Valley Children’s Hospital gives your baby a distinct advantage.

As a patient of the Maternal Fetal Center, you gain access to doctors from a broad range of pediatric specialties who collaborate with our maternal-fetal medicine specialists to care for your baby.

The board-certified pediatric surgeons and physicians at Valley Children’s understand tiny babies present a unique set of circumstances.

All are trained to treat the special needs exclusive to medically fragile newborns and are experienced in managing the most complex cases with consistently positive outcomes

If your baby has a known birth defect, such as a cleft lip or heart defect, you will have an opportunity to meet with your baby’s specialist and prepare for surgery in advance of your delivery.

We provide opportunities for families to receive treatment closer to home.

In the event your baby requires neonatal intensive care immediately after birth, patients delivering at one of the following partner hospitals can take comfort knowing neonatal experts from Valley Children’s will care for your baby in a satellite NICU just steps away from your room.

  • Saint Agnes Medical Center, Fresno
  • Mercy Medical Center, Merced
  • Adventist Medical Center, Hanford

Valley Children’s specially trained nurses and respiratory therapists staff our satellite NICUs 24 hours a day, providing expert care for premature and other critically ill babies.

We make every effort to keep mom and baby together upon delivery.

If a medical emergency requires your baby to receive the highest level of care, our experienced transport team will safely transfer your newborn to our Level IV NICU. The skilled NICU nurses and respiratory therapists from Valley Children’s transport more babies – including some of the smallest and most fragile – than any other medical transport team in California. 

If your baby is transferred to the Level IV NICU on our Madera campus, we welcome parents to remain 24/7 at their baby’s bedside in one of our 21 private or semi-private rooms to enrich the parent-child bond.

Upon arrival to Central California’s only Level IV NICU, your baby will be placed under the care of board-certified neonatologists who consult with pediatric subspecialists to support the vast array of care that may be required.

For example, the Cleft Lip and Palate Program at Valley Children’s is known for its expertise and multidisciplinary approach to improve a child’s ability to eat, speak, hear and breathe, and to restore a more normal appearance and function. And the cardiothoracic surgeons at The Willson Heart Center perform the full spectrum of closed and open-heart procedures to surgically repair congenital cardiac malformations. These programs represent just two of many specialized surgery teams at Valley Children’s.

Patients of the Maternal Fetal Center come to the one place that offers a Level IV NICU. 

Levels of neonatal care hold great significance in high-risk situations – especially when babies require advanced ventilation and surgery. The Level IV NICU located on our Madera campus offers the highest level of care with consistently better outcomes than comparable NICUs

Your baby will receive specialized care beyond your initial hospital stay. In the same way your obstetrician or family doctor follows up with you, select pediatric specialists will assess your baby’s developmental, medical, nutritional and psychosocial needs, and provide individualized follow-up care. 

Our exemplary services continue to receive recognition and awards for excellence.

Highly Honored Nursing Care

The Magnet Recognition Program® of the American Nurses Credentialing Center has recognized Valley Children’s for quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice with three consecutive designations beginning in April 2004. Valley Children’s was the first pediatric hospital west of the Rockies to receive Magnet® designation and has remained in the elite group of less than 7 percent of hospitals nationwide for the past decade.

Nationally Ranked Neonatal Intensive Care 

In a comparative database of neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) nationally, Valley Children’s Hospital’s NICU ranks among the highest for severity of illness among babies with birthweight of 500 to 1,500 grams, yet we achieve better mortality and morbidity results. In other words, even as we treat the most medically fragile, premature infants, we consistently deliver better outcomes than the majority of our peers.

Award-winning Pediatric Intensive Care

Our pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) received the gold-level Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence – the highest level of success – demonstrating sustained excellence in unit performance and patient outcomes.

Valley Children’s has earned the trust of Valley families.