• What Is the Importance of Family-Centered Care for New Parents?

    A new arrival is a family affair, and at Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center, we recognize the importance of mother, father, and baby being together as much as possible immediately after birth. That is why our birthing center offers family-centered care from a highly trained and experienced staff of obstetric and neonatal specialists. Here are some of the benefits of family-centered care at our hospital.

    Support During Labor and Delivery

    We encourage fathers and birth coaches to remain with the mother-to-be throughout all parts of their stay with us. Your partner can remain with you throughout the entire labor and delivery process so that you always have the support you need. If you need to have a cesarean birth, your partner can also stay by your side in one of our specially designed surgical suites so that you can still welcome your baby into the world together.

    Bonding After Birth

    Studies have shown time and again how essential bonding is to a newborn baby. Simply placing the baby against the mother’s skin right after birth is an important part of your baby’s development. While you’re in the hospital, getting as much time as possible with your baby allows bonding to develop. We welcome partners to stay with mothers throughout their stay so they too have the chance to bond with the baby. The Mother-Baby program at our hospital matches new mothers and their babies with the same nurses.

    Education About Care

    Both parents will need to care for the new baby when you get home, and family-centered care gives you an opportunity to get accustomed to newborn care while you’re surrounded by people who can answer your questions. Certified lactation nurses are also on staff should you choose to breastfeed.

    If you’re having a baby, schedule a tour of the birthing center at Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center to find out more about the benefits of our family-centered care . Our hospital also offers newborn care classes and special classes for siblings. To find a physician who delivers at our hospital or to learn more about our services, please call (805) 497-2727.

  • Planning a Healthy Delivery with a High-Risk Pregnancy

    For a high-risk pregnancy, planning is the key to safety. By working closely with your doctor and the hospital at which you plan to give birth, you can have a safe and healthy pregnancy and delivery. Plan for a smooth birth with these steps.

    Follow Your Treatment Plan

    A healthy pregnancy sets you up for a healthy delivery, so follow your doctor’s plan for controlling your health during pregnancy closely. The plan your doctor makes for you depends on what conditions you’re dealing with, but you may be asked to reduce your salt intake, keep your blood sugar under control, and take certain medications. You should also stick to the basic things all pregnancy women are advised to do, like monitoring your weight gain, getting your extra calories from healthy foods, and attending all pre-delivery doctor appointments.

    Choose the Right Hospital

    When you have a high-risk pregnancy , where you decide to have your baby matters. Visit the birthing center at the hospital you’re considering and find out what services they have for high-risk deliveries. In addition to experienced nurses and medical staff, be sure the hospital has emergency services for newborns, should the need arise. If you give birth at a hospital with a Level III NICU, then you know your newborn will have access to specialized care if needed and likely won’t need to be transferred to another facility.

    Talk About Your Birth Plan

    Talk to your doctor about your birth plan well in advance of delivery. Women with high-risk pregnancies may have to plan to give birth instead of waiting for labor to begin so the delivery can be better managed. This may mean scheduling a Caesarian or choosing a date for labor induction.

    The Birthing Center at Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center is equipped to deal with all types of high-risk pregnancy and deliveries. Our hospital in Thousand Oaks is home to a Level III NICU and state-of-the-art labor and delivery suites. Learn more about all of our hospital services, from our emergency room to our surgery center, by calling (805) 497-2727.

  • A Look at the Breast Center Community Outreach Programs of Los Robles Hospital

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    At Los Robles Hospital, we strive to provide our Thousand Oaks community with the necessary resources to be proactive about good health. Through our Breast Center community outreach programs, we educate and offer support to those fighting cancer. Here is a look at some of the programs our hospital offers through the Breast Center.

    Look Good…Feel Better

    Look Good…Feel Better is a program developed by the American Cancer Society and offered through our hospital. It is geared specifically to helping women cope with the physical side effects of cancer treatment that can affect their appearance and self esteem. In these classes, women will learn techniques to manage the impact of chemotherapy and radiation on the skin from a cosmetologist certified by the American Cancer Society. This program is offered the second Monday of each month in Classroom 2 at our Thousand Oaks hospital.

    Cancer Support Community

    You may feel alone when you get a cancer diagnosis, but you’re not. Through the Cancer Support Community, you can connect with other people who are in the same fight and get the support and education you need. The Cancer Support Community offers a range of resources, including counseling, healthy lifestyle programs, and support group sessions. For meeting times, visit our website .

    Lymphedema Support Group

    Lymphedema is a common side effect of breast cancer treatment that lingers long after the disease is gone. Living with lymphedema is often frustrating, but learning to control your symptoms is empowering. The Lymphedema Support Group meets the last Wednesday of every month except December. If you or a loved one has lymphedema, attend for support and to learn more about taking control of the condition.

    These groups are just a few examples of Los Robles Hospital’s commitment to the community. To learn more about our outreach programs and other hospital services, including our emergency room and stroke care, call (805) 497-2727. 

  • Exercising Safely in the Summer Heat


    Exercise is one of the best things you can do for your heart health, but summer heat can make getting your workout in a challenge. When temperatures are high, exercise can easily turn into a trip to the emergency room if you don’t take the proper precautions. This summer, protect your heart and avoid heat-related illness with these tips.

    Stay Hydrated

    Hydration is critical to exercise safely in the heat. Drink before you exercise and throughout your workout. For most people, water is the best to stay hydrated, rather than sugary sports drinks. If you want to get an idea of exactly how much you should be drinking, weigh yourself before and after a workout. The difference in your weight represents the amount of fluid you lost through sweat that you need to replenish.

    Choose the Right Time

    Plan your workouts so that you’re not active at the hottest part of the day. Try to get your exercise in first thing in the morning or later in the evening, when temperatures are cooler. It is also a good idea to build up your tolerance to working out in hotter temperatures. Cut time off your workout and gradually build up so your body can adjust to the heat, a process that takes about seven to 14 days.

    Listen to Your Body

    Even if you have chosen the right time of day and are drinking plenty of water, it is still possible to experience heat exhaustion or heat stroke. If you feel lightheaded, are sweating excessively, or feel faint, stop and get into the shade. Heat-related illnesses can be dangerous, so go to the emergency room if getting out of the heat doesn’t relieve your symptoms.

    The emergency room at Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center treats a wide range of urgent medical conditions year-round, from heat-related illnesses to heart crises. Find out more about the services at our full-service hospital in Thousand Oaks by calling (805) 497-2727.