Women and Infants Institute

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Exceptional Health Care Close to Home

Mission Hospital is dedicated to caring for women throughout all stages of life. Thanks to philanthropic support from our community, we are able to offer the most advanced, comprehensive, and personalized care available.

We are committed to continual innovation to provide dynamic new programs and amenities to meet the diverse health care needs of women in our community.

BABY-FRIENDLY DESIGNATION - Our Baby-Friendly USA designation reflects our on-going commitment to breastfeeding care and support, ensuring that babies have a healthy start.

FIVE-STAR RATING - Our superb clinical quality and patient satisfaction performance resulted in a Five-Star Rating by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for overall hospital performance. Mission Hospital stands with distinction as only one of two hospitals in Orange County to receive such an accolade.

MAGNET® DESIGNATION- We have been Magnet® recognized since 2012 by the American Nurses Credentialing Center for nursing excellence. Only 8% of U.S. hospitals earn Magnet® designation.

WOMEN’S CHOICE AWARD - Mission earned the Women’s Choice Award for obstetrics, heart care and stroke, and we are also certified as a Comprehensive Stroke Center.

U.S. NEWS AND WORLD REPORT - Mission earned the distinction of being ranked No. 1 in south Orange County, No. 7 in the Los Angeles region, and No. 12 in the state.

All the Care a Woman Needs

Our beautifully designed Mission Women’s Wellness Centers in Mission Viejo and Laguna Beach continue our tradition of outstanding care, providing everything a woman needs to stay healthy. Our centers offer a spa-like environment designed for women by women.

Certified Nurse Navigators

Every woman who visits our Women’s Wellness Centers has the opportunity to meet with a complimentary nurse navigator. Our highly trained registered nurses will help identify your specific health needs, assist in scheduling procedures, and recommend services to achieve optimal health.

Breast Health and Mammography

Our Breast Program combines the expertise of breast specialists and genetic counselors with advanced technologies, including the latest digital 3D tomosynthesis to provide you with quicker, safer and more accurate diagnosis of breast cancer.

Massage, Skin and Aromatherapy

Our massage and aromatherapy services are provided in a private, peaceful environment to create a pampering atmosphere to support good health. Our licensed estheticians are specially certified in oncology esthetics as well as organic pregnancy, traditional, ultimate and caregiver facials, and foot and hand treatments customized for your specific needs.

Highly Skilled Clinicians

We offer state-of-the-art technology, but it’s not just the sophisticated equipment that’s important – it’s the health care professionals performing the procedure and interpreting the results. Our technologists are highly trained and credentialed, and our radiologists have devoted their careers to breast imaging, and their experience determines the future breast health of thousands of women annually.

The Birth Center

At Mission Hospital, we partner with families to create the ultimate birthing experience by offering a full continuum of birthing options. Our Birth Center provides families with the option to deliver in a comfortable, less clinical-feeling environment, while still being supported by the advanced services of a specialty hospital, including a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit through our partnership with CHOC Children’s at Mission.

Our physicians and nurses take great pride in focusing on the unique needs of each mother, and our clinical teams have expanded to include the nurturing support of nurse midwives and doulas.


Expectant mothers may partner with a professionally trained doula to provide non-medical support during labor and birth. Doulas utilize a variety of labor options and studies show that when doulas are present, women have shorter labors, less medical intervention, fewer cesareans, and healthier babies who breastfeed longer.

Philanthropy will enable us to continue to introduce new programs and services and to ensure that our clinicians have opportunities to advance their knowledge and skills. Please partner with us to transform the way our mothers and families experience patient care at Mission Hospital.

Midwifery Suites

Our certified Nurse Midwifery Program takes a desire for a personalized birthing experience to a whole new level. With a special focus on mothers, our midwives skillfully guide women through pregnancy, labor, birth and postpartum.

Our new Midwifery Suites feel like home, thanks to the physical transformation of our remodel and a philosophy of care to create emotional connections for new mothers and families through a natural physiological birth. This sense of home fosters feelings of support, comfort and togetherness.

Celebrating New Life

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.”

Philanthropic Opportunities:

Facility Naming Opportunities

  • Women and Infants Institute - A comprehensive network of clinicians, technology and facilities across our hospital campuses, focused on the care of women and infants.
    • $20 million
  • Mission Women's Wellness Center - A free-standing center offering advanced diagnostics for breast health and wellness resources for women at every stage of life. Services include 3D mammography, ultrasound, prenatal educational classes, support groups, resource library, nurse navigator, meditation room and a boutique offering products to support breastfeeding and wellness.
    • $10 million
  • Women's Wellness Center at Mission Hospital Laguna Beach - Advanced diagnostics for breast health and wellness resources for women at every stage of life.
    • $1 million
  • The Birth Center - Twenty-six mother/baby suites, 11 labor and delivery suites, five midwifery rooms and three operating suites on the second floor of Tower 1.
    • $5 million
  • Midwifery Suite Area - Five midwifery suites in a private area of The Birth Center.
    • $1 million
  • Individual Midwifery Suites - Each midwifery suite offers a warm and comforting environment with a queen-sized bed and labor pool to accommodate a natural physiological birth.
    • $100,000

Programmatic Support

  • Endowed Medical Chair - Provide medical leadership, drive program development by recruiting the best obstetricians and gynecologists to south Orange County and create innovative research opportunities.
    • $2 million - $3 million per chair
  • Nursing Scholarships - Created by a Valiant Women member in 2013, this endowment ensures that scholarship resources are available in perpetuity. The endowment was established with $25,000 and today it has grown to more than $284,000.
    • Unlimited potential
  • Midwifery Program - A natural physiological birthing experience designed to create emotional connections for new mothers and families through the support of midwives.
    • Unlimited potential
  • Mission Women’s Wellness Center - Support for mammogram screenings, diagnostic procedures and genetic counseling for underinsured or uninsured women in our community.
    • $25,000 - $250,000​
  • Simulation Manikin - Replicates a full range of obstetrical events to facilitate training that enhances teamwork and critical thinking skills to improve patient safety.
    • $82,000 (2 needed)
  • Nursing Education Scholarships - Enable nurses to receive advanced degrees and specialized certificates.
    • The average cost of a BSN, MSN, Doctorate of Nursing Practice or PhD degree can range from $7,000 to $40,000 for one person.
    • Conference/seminar fees can range from $500 to $1,000 per nurse.​

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, Director, Major Gifts at Cynthia.Campos@stjoe.org or (949) 364-7798.