Facilities are the only on the Central Coast to have earned this distinction

Newsweek announced Friday the 233 hospitals nationwide that received the Best Maternity Hospitals 2020, and the list included French Hospital Medical Center and Marian Regional Medical Center. The hospitals are among only 46 in California to be recognized and the only on the Central Coast. The distinction recognizes facilities that have excelled in providing care to mothers, newborns and their families, as verified by the 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Survey. Best Maternity Care Hospitals is part of Newsweek, powered by data from The Leapfrog Group.

“French Hospital Medical Center and Marian Regional Medical Center have been national leaders in the area of perinatal safety are committed to providing the highest level of quality and excellence for expectant mothers and their babies, and this award is indicative of our standards,” says Medical Director of Maternal/ Fetal Medicine for Dignity Health Central Coast, Laurence Shields, MD. “Expectant mothers preparing for the birth of their baby can be confident about the exceptional care our birthing centers provide.”

Hospitals named as a Best Maternity Care Hospital have fully met The Leapfrog Group’s standards for maternity care on evidence-based, nationally standardized metrics. Leapfrog’s national expert panel has established the standards. This includes lower rates of early elective delivery, NTSV C-section, and episiotomy, as well as compliance with process measures including newborn bilirubin screening prior to discharge and blood clot prevention techniques for mothers delivering via C-section.

“Best Maternity Care Hospitals are an elite group of hospitals from across the country,” said Nancy Cooper, Editor in Chief of Newsweek. “These facilities are to be commended for the care they provide to women and families, and for giving babies a strong start to life. Particularly in these uncertain times, we are honored to share this list of top-ranked facilities with Newsweek’s readership.”


At French Hospital Medical Center’s Stollmeyer Family Birthing Center, The expanded center contains eight private birthing suites, with each room offering labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum services to patients all in the same space. Other additions include a C-section suite directly inside the center, and a new waiting area for families. The Acute Care Nursery offers advanced neonatal care for the tiniest of patients. 

Marian Regional Medical Center’s Maternal and Newborn Center offers 24/7 obstetrics services, dedicated obstetrics anesthesiologists, and the support of an entire team of physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists, and NICU staff with experience and expertise, ready to manage any situation that may arise. 

The modern delivery rooms are equipped with the latest technology needed to support any birth along with the amenities to help make your stay comfortable. 

Marian’s 21-bed NICU offers board-certified neonatologists and staff are highly trained to care for critically ill or premature babies.