Women and Infants Institute
Support the Women & Infants Institute
The Mission Maternity Center and Women's Wellness Center are dedicated
to caring for women throughout all stages of life. Our commitment to women
is evident in everything we offer: advance technology, skilled and compassionate
professionals and progressive procedures and services. Our focus is to
ensure women and their families receive individualized and caring services.
- Launched two new programs making midwives and doulas available to laboring
mothers. These certified clinical professionals provide physical and emotional
support, enhancing the birthing experience through a natural approach.
- Our labor/delivery and obstetrical nurses average more than 20 years of
experience. Over 50% of these nurses are specially trained with advanced
certification in fetal monitoring and inpatient obstetric care.
- We offer a 24-hour, in-house Laborist Program which provides continual
presence of a physician to support our laboring patients should any emergencies arise.
- In 2017, 2,332 babies born at Mission Hospital. Of those, 169 babies were
transferred to the onsite CHOC Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for advanced
care. Our partnership with CHOC Children’s provides expert pediatric
services including a 24-hour, in-house, board-certified neonatologist
and intensivist staff in the Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
- Highly skilled registered nurses and one board-certified perinatologist
works together with obstetricians and CHOC neonatologists to provide monitored
care for women with high-risk pregnancies. On average, over 600 critical
procedures, including ultrasounds for fetal testing are performed in the
Perinatal Diagnostic and Treatment Center each month, utilizing advanced
- Out of 654 breast biopsies performed at Mission Hospital in 2017, 238 cases
were cancerous. 197 breast cancer patients underwent surgery. In 2018,
an estimated 266,120 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected
to be diagnosed in women in the U.S.
Madeline and James’s beautiful daughter, Gabriella, was born on December
30 with a unique distinction - she is the first baby to be born with the
nurturing support of Mission Hospital’s new Nurse Midwife Program
and the program’s first midwife, Allison Molinski, CNM.
Allison and board-certified Obstetrician/Gynecologist Dr. Kenneth James
have been in a collaborative practice for more than a year. Allison earned
her RN and MA in nurse midwifery at Columbia University in New York. After
completing her degrees Allison returned to her hometown of San Clemente
and began working in free-standing and hospital-based maternity centers.
“I met Allison when my husband and I had just decided to get pregnant
with our fourth child,” says Madeline. “I really appreciate
how she and Dr. James coordinated my care throughout the pregnancy. Allison
is amazing – she’s very smart, decisive, confident and nurturing.
That is the perfect combination for me.”
“Allison was deeply in-touch with how I was feeling during labor.
She followed every medical protocol, but it was a far less clinical experience
than my previous deliveries.”
“Midwifery is all about creating an empowering birth experience,
as defined by the mother and father,” shares Allison. “Sometimes
that means that mothers want an epidural or medication to ease pain during
labor, and I honor those decisions. It’s all about the preferences
of the mother and her partner.”
Simulation Manikin: An advanced patient simulator replicates a full range of obstetrical events
to facilitate teamwork and deepen critical thinking skills in learners
of all levels. More than a childbirth simulator, this is a complete simulation
solution developed from decades of obstetrical experience. It is a comprehensive
package of tools and support designed to help improve patient safety in
women’s health through education and training.
$82,000 (2 needed)
Birthing Center: Will provide women with more childbirth options than anywhere in Orange
County. Developing a unique birthing center within a hospital setting
embraces a woman to have a personalized birthing experience. While embracing
a holistic approach can bring tremendous benefits; not knowing how each
delivery will go, can in seconds turn into needing our clinical expertise
team. Having a birthing center with doulas and certified nurse-midwives
at Mission Hospital will create a unique opportunity for childbirth.
$To Be Determined
Mission Women’s Wellness Center: Supporting mammogram screenings, diagnostic procedures and genetic counseling
for underinsured or uninsured women in our community continues to grow.
These resources provide women with the advantages of the latest health
care technology; including a navigating tracking tool and STAR staff program,
which provides cancer survivorship training and cancer rehabilitation.
$10,000 - $250,000
Nursing Scholarships: Nursing education is an ongoing commitment enabling nurses to receive
advanced degrees and specialized certificates. All nurses are required
to complete and maintain advanced certificates under Advanced Cardiac
Life Support (ACLS) and Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP). Nursing
scholarships are awarded to Mission Hospital nurses pursing advanced nursing degrees.
$5,000 - $200,000
Endowed Medical Chair: Endowed chairs help bring the best OB/GYNs to south Orange County, provide
medical leadership, drive program development and create innovative research
$2,000,000 - $3,000,000 per chair
Nursing Scholarship Endowment: Five years ago, a Nursing Endowment fund was created to ensure that resources
would be available in perpetuity. In 2017, 38 nurses were awarded scholarships
in the following categories: Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of
Science in Nursing, educational seminars and certificate programs. The
requests for scholarships regularly exceed the available resources. The
average cost of a BSN degree can range from $40,000 to $200,000.
Support the Women & Infants Institute
Your support is a philanthropic investment in personal peace of mind. Thanks
to you, Mission Hospital will always be first when seconds matter.
Contact Cynthia Campos, manager, major gifts at (949) 364-7798 or