Meet Martha

She arrived the way Mom wanted.
We do that.


To Bring You Peace Of Mind.

Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System is uniquely qualified to make every birth experience a safe and special delivery. Our staff is compassionate and collaborative, and we offer comprehensive services and technology, so we are ready and waiting when the time comes.

“The Whole Team Was Great…”

Martha’s older brother was born by cesarean section. But Martha took the more natural route, thanks to SVMHS. Alison Haupt’s previous provider would have insisted she have another C-section. But SVMHS’s trial of labor after cesarean delivery (TOLAC) program enabled her to have a vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) like she wanted – no surgery required. About 90 percent of women who have had a C-section are eligible for the program, and about 80 percent of those who enter it go on to deliver their babies without a C-section.

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Download Your Birth Preferences Guide

We encourage all expectant parents to fill out this handy questionnaire so we can understand your desired experience and birth preferences in advance. In honoring your wishes, the safety of mom and baby always come first.

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Specialized Services for Extra-Special Deliveries

  • Perinatal Diagnostic Center

    If your doctor is concerned that your pregnancy may be high-risk, we will perform the tests to confirm that possibility or rule it out. If you already know your pregnancy is high-risk, we have advanced technologies, specialized care and support services to support you in the coming months, including a partnership with the world-renowned Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford. Our team uses state-of-the-art imaging techniques and diagnostic modalities to provide up-to-the-minute care for mothers and babies in high-risk pregnancies. We are able to evaluate a baby’s risk for certain abnormalities as early as week 11. Our maternal-fetal medicine consultation services include:

    • Advanced 3-D/4-D fetal ultrasound technology
    • Genetic counseling
    • Amniocentesis and chorionic villus sampling (CVS)
    • Fetal echocardiography
    • Instant risk assessment/NTD labs first-trimester screen
    • Percutaneous umbilical blood sampling (PUBS) and fetal blood transfusions
  • Obstetric Emergency Department

    As Monterey County’s first and only 24/7 Obstetrics Emergency Department (OB ED), we are dedicated to treating unexpected issues in pregnant women. We want any expectant mother experiencing complications to be seen right away by our team of obstetric experts. That means when a complication occurs, you don’t have to wait to get seen at the regular emergency room: Just come straight to the OB ED if you’re experiencing any of the following:

    • Pain/bleeding in early pregnancy
    • Pre-term labor
    • Antenatal conditions
    • Pelvic pain
    • Abnormal vaginal bleeding
    • Breast conditions
    • Urological conditions, such as bladder infections or urinary tract infections
    • Conditions related to high-risk pregnancy, such as high blood pressure
  • NICU

    Our 11-bed Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit allows us to care for the most critically ill babies, including those who are premature, have a very low birth weight or are medically fragile. Our specialists collaborate as needed for each baby’s unique needs. For example, if a pediatric cardiologist is needed, we link to Stanford University via a high-speed audio/video network. This allows our neonatologists to securely transmit the results of an infant's echocardiogram to a pediatric cardiologist at Stanford using two-way, real-time video and audio communications to determine the best course of care for each tiny patient. If needed, transportation of these fragile babies is jointly coordinated between our NICU and the transport team at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford by a specialized mother/infant critical care transport vehicle called a “NICU on wheels.”

  • Lactation Support

    Breastfeeding is important, and we do all we can to support this healthy practice. We are proud to have met the standards for accreditation as a Baby-Friendly hospital. This global program, sponsored by the United Nations International Children’s Fund and the World Health Organization, recognizes birth centers that offer an optimal level of care for infant feeding. Once you have delivered, our board-certified Lactation Consultants will introduce you to the principles of breastfeeding and help you and your little one with any breastfeeding difficulties. And if breastfeeding issues don’t occur until after mother and baby have gone home, we offer our Outpatient Lactation Clinic twice a week (by appointment) for additional support.

SVMC Health Care for Women – Expert Care for Expectant Moms

Working with a medical professional you trust and who listens to you is very important during pregnancy. SVMC Health Care for Women’s board-certified obstetricians help women through all stages of their pregnancy, from conception to delivery. Many obstetric services can be performed right in the clinic, rather than at the hospital, because we are equipped with cutting-edge prenatal care technology, including 4-D ultrasound. And our staff is happy to answer any of your questions.

Our OBs can also perform emergency care for the following conditions:

  • Ectopic pregnancy
  • Placental abruption
  • Pre-eclampsia
  • Shoulder dystocia
  • Uterine rupture