Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton is a state-of-the-art hospital. Newly built in 2014, it offers a wide range of services from every day family medicine care clinics, laboratory, emergency services, and more for military service members and their families serving aboard Camp Pendleton.

If there is one thing military families are good at, its making babies (especially after deployment *wink wink*). But sometimes that means that labor and delivery beds are completely full, and the staff will tell expecting moms that they have to go to an area hospital in order to deliver. This can be a scary realization when it wasn’t in your birth plan, so its best to prepare yourself for alternative plans just in case you need to deliver someplace other than Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton.

Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton closure

Area Hospitals for General Labor and Delivery

There are several local area hospitals that are available to moms-to-be who are unexpectedly turned away from NHCP. Local area hospitals include Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD, or Balboa), Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, and Tri-City Medical Center. Many of these hospitals are more than a 35-minute drive from Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton, not accounting for traffic.

It is advised to call ahead to the local area hospital before making your way there to ensure they have space and the ability to treat you.K

Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton Labor and Delivery:
(760) 725-4357

For a full list of hospitals in the area with maternity wards, see below.

Area Hospitals with Maternity Services NHCP

For High-Risk Pregnancies

All high-risk pregnancies and those post 41 weeks are asked to go to NMCSD Balboa Labor and Delivery Triage for antenatal (NST/SDP) testing.

NMCSD Balboa Labor and Delivery:
(619) 532-6400
34800 Bob Wilson Dr; San Diego, California 92101

RELATED: What to Expect when You’re Expecting a Deployment Baby

Records

Every patient should receive a hard copy of their records to take to appointments and any other hospitals (if necessary) at their 36 week appointment. Please pick up a copy of your records at labor and delivery and bring them with you to every appointment, as well as to the local area hospital where you give birth if NHCP is full. Call ahead so the hospital can be sure to have your records ready if they were not provided to you at your appointment.

Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton Labor and Delivery:
(760) 725-4357

Tricare

All of the patients who are being seen at Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton are on Tricare Prime, meaning they are required to be seen at that facility unless otherwise referred by their doctor prior to birth. However, Prime patients are also covered for emergency services. Therefore, when you arrive at any local area hospital, you should go through the emergency room to be admitted. They will then transfer you to labor and delivery.

It is also advised to call Tricare ahead of time and let them know the Naval Hospital at Camp Pendleton is not accepting labor and delivery patients, and you were directed to deliver at one of the local area hospitals. It is also a good idea to call Tricare after your baby is born to inform them which hospital you gave birth and that you were instructed to go there by Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton staff. Any care after the baby is born and before the baby and mother are discharged is covered under Tricare Prime, even if mother and baby are discharged at different times.

Tricare will cover any labor and delivery costs, including antibiotics and any testing that is required. The only thing Tricare does not cover is meals while staying at the hospital. If you are discharged before the baby, but choose to stay longer, your stay will not be covered in terms of meals or postpartum care.

Tricare West: 1-844-866-WEST (1-844-866-9378)


It can be scary to hear that the place you planned and imagined giving birth is full. You have taken the tour and planned your birth plan- and now you have to make completely different plans. Hopefully this doesn’t happen to you, but if it does, it is a good idea to have a backup plan just in case the staff at NHCP asks you to go to a local area hospital for the birth of your child.

Camp Pendleton Labor and Delivery

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