Birth Centers

Please note: On Thursday, December 1, 2016 the Birth Center opened at Palomar Medical Center Escondido (2185 Citracado Parkway, Escondido, 92029). The new center replaces the Birth Center previously located at Palomar Medical Center Downtown
Escondido (555 East Valley Parkway, Escondido, 92025) which is now closed. All pregnant mothers will deliver their baby at the new location from this date forward.

Rady Children’s Hospital will be temporarily shifting the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and Pediatrics to Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego. A NICU will reopen at Palomar Medical Center Escondido in early 2017. Until this time, all babies needing NICU care will be transferred to Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego. The Birth Center and NICU at Palomar Medical Center Poway will continue to provide services as normal.


Additional information:
Letter to Patients and Community
Birth Center Relocation Updates and FAQs


Palomar Health Birth Centers

Long before a baby is born, Palomar Health is ready to meet the needs of the mother-to-be and her family. Our Birth Centers at Palomar Medical Center Escondido and Palomar Medical Center Poway provide comprehensive maternity care services that covers a woman's needs from pregnancy to delivery to baby's arrival at home.

Each year approximately 6,000 babies in San Diego County are born at Palomar Health’s two birthing centers. And while most deliveries take place without complication, it is our belief that the finest resources and state-of-the-art care should always be available for mother and child during this momentous event.

It is our goal to provide a family-friendly environment at both Palomar Medical Center Escondido and Palomar Medical Center Poway, where state-of-the-art obstetrical units blend modern technology and comfortable, home-like furnishings. These birthing “suites” allow for a family-focused experience, with expert staff ensuring optimum care. The units are staffed with a team of board-certified obstetricians/gynecologists, a perinatologist, neonatologist, and specially trained nurses.

Our Birthing Centers combine labor, delivery, recovery and newborn care in beautifully decorated rooms. Caesarean section births are also part of our routine services.

While most deliveries go smoothly, the availability of a nearby NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) is reassuring. Palomar Medical Center Poway has a Level II NICUs for the care of newborns who are seriously ill and need the advantage of experienced neonatologists and advanced equipment.

Our comprehensive approach to the mother's and baby's care includes:

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Pregnancy and Support Groups
  • Labor and Delivery
  • Neonatal Intensive Care

Our services include expert care at the following locations:

Palomar Medical Center Escondido Birth Center:

  • Labor/delivery/recovery (LDR) rooms
  • High risk inpatient and outpatient pregnancy care
  • Certified lactation consultants
  • Bilingual staff or translator
  • Birth Preparation Classes
  • Tours

Palomar Medical Center Poway Birth Center:

  • Private labor/delivery/recovery (LDR) rooms
  • High risk inpatient care
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
  • Certified lactation consultant
  • Bilingual staff or translator
  • Birth preparation classes
  • Tours


For a guided tour of our Birthing Centers, please call the HealthSource at 800.628.2880