Our Small Wonders Birth Center is the ideal setting for moms and their newborns, supported by a full range of related services to give them a healthy start. Many of our maternity cases are high-risk, attended with the best in care providers and technology.
With one of the oldest OB-GYN residency programs in the United States, Kern Medical is a leader in women’s health. For more than five decades, we have trained highly skilled obstetricians and gynecologists in our UCLA-affiliated program.
And we are nationally recognized as a Center of Excellence for providing OB-GYN care to the women of the Southern San Joaquin Valley. We are a referral center for women with high-risk obstetric and gynecologic conditions, offering care through specialty obstetrics and gynecology clinics as well as inpatient services.
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
Our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit is a Level II NICU with 28 beds. Many of our tiniest patients have significant health problems caused by premature birth, lack of prenatal care or substance abuse problems during gestation. A gift to our NICU helps provide our clinicians with state- of-the-art technology to give these fragile patients a fighting chance. Some of these babies are so small at birth, they can easily fit in the palm of your hand and require the best technology available.
NICU Wish List – A Giraffe OminiBed Carestation
This is a state-of-the-art neonatal environment that promotes natural, peaceful healing, while fostering a close bond between families and their babies – allowing them to be present every step of the journey. Being able to have parents participate in caring for their child speeds the healing process by comforting both the baby and parents at the same time.
Our Department of Pediatrics provides an extensive range of inpatient and outpatient services, from well-child care to the treatment of the most difficult and life-threatening illnesses. Our pediatric faculty based at Kern Medical include cardiology, hematology/oncology, and neonatology.
High Risk Pregnancy Program
Kern Medical is home to the only high-risk prenatal clinic in Kern County and has a Maternal Fetal Medical Specialist on faculty staff. This high-level of clinical expertise allows for the majority of high-risk births to occur in the Small Wonders Birth Center at Kern Medical. In 2016, we had 47 babies born under 32 weeks. We are a referral center for the Southern San Joaquin Valley for women with high-risk obstetric and gynecologic conditions, offering care through specialty obstetrics and gynecology clinics as well as inpatient services.