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Texas Health Fort Worth is 'Best Place to Have a Baby' in Tarrant County

FORT WORTH, Texas — When it comes to having babies, readers of Fort Worth Child magazine continue to choose Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth for care.

The hospital, which delivers more than 3,000 babies each year, was voted “Best Place to Have a Baby” for the 19th time in the magazine's annual “Best for Moms and Babies” survey.

“We partner with our patients and provide a supportive environment for their birth experience,” said Gina Smith, R.N., director of women’s services. “Whether patients desire a natural water birth, an epidural and delivery by an obstetrician on the hospital's medical staff or a nurse midwife-assisted delivery, we’re dedicated to trying to honor the choices of moms in the Fort Worth area. We’re so pleased to be chosen for this honor for 19 years, to the credit of our nurses, employees, midwives, and doctors on the medical staff who are committed to providing quality care.”

Texas Health Fort Worth offers everything from hydrotherapy (laboring in water) to high-risk pregnancy care and neonatal intensive care. High-risk services include an antenatal assessment center, a level III neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) with neonatologists, pediatric sub-specialists and neonatal nurse practitioners, perinatal care and surgical support.

Designated “Baby Friendly” by the World Health Organization, Texas Health Fort Worth offers a comprehensive approach to breastfeeding support — with a Breastfeeding Resource Center and Boutique offering lactation consultant services, rental and purchase of breast pumps, and breastfeeding accessories and supplies. Moms and moms-to-be can benefit from a number of educational classes including: breastfeeding, childbirth, Lamaze, baby care basics, baby safety/CPR and car seats, and sibling classes.

Texas Health Fort Worth is also one of the first in the area to offer “gentle C-sections,” which give mom and baby immediate skin-to-skin contact after birth in the operating room.

“It’s called ‘gentle’ C-section because that’s exactly how the baby perceives it,” said Dr. Laura Bradford, OB/GYN on the medical staff at Texas Health Fort Worth. “There is something about that relationship between mom and baby — it can be recorded in outcomes that babies do better when they spend time with mom from the beginning. It improves their well-being.”

Fast Facts for 2013

  • 3,334 births
  • 99 sets of twins
  • 11 sets of triplets
  • 2 sets of quads
  • 574 babies admitted to the NICU
  • Top boy name: Jackson
  • Top girl name: Sophia

For more information on Texas Health’s offerings for moms, visit

About Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth
Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth is 726-bed, Magnet-designated regional referral center that has served the residents of Tarrant County since 1930. The hospital’s services include cardiovascular services, high-risk and routine obstetrics and gynecology, orthopedics and sports medicine, neonatal intensive care, and trauma/emergency medicine. Texas Health Fort Worth is also home to the 100-bed Texas Health Harris Methodist Heart Center. An affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system, Texas Health Fort Worth has more than 4,000 employees, 200 volunteers and nearly 1,000 physicians practicing on the medical staff. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health systems in the United States. The health system includes 24 acute care and short-stay hospitals that are owned, operated, joint-ventured or affiliated with Texas Health Resources. It includes the Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Arlington Memorial and Texas Health Harris Methodist hospitals, a large physician group, outpatient facilities, and home health, preventive and fitness services, and an organization for medical research and education.

For more information about Texas Health Resources, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit

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