When you go into labor, go to the hospital according to your physician's instructions. Between the hours of 6 a.m. and 9 p.m., you may enter the hospital through the Siratt Women's Center entrance. Between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m., you must enter the hospital through the emergency department doors, where you can proceed directly to the women's center.
The Birth Experience
It takes a lot of planning to get ready for your baby. It also took a lot of planning to develop the Siratt Women's Center. Before we opened the birthing suites at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford, we investigated birth facilities all over the country to learn just what types of space, technology, equipment and experiences expectant couples and newborns need for a happy birth. The birthing room concept chosen allows you to labor and give birth in the same room.
You'll find our birthing suites are spacious and attractive. Each suite is designed to allow for the privacy and comfort of the expectant parents, newborn and family. Although each suite is decorated with the feel of a private home, each is also equipped with the technology to provide an enhanced environment in which to give birth.
Visitors are welcome during labor and in recovery. It is requested, however, that only two guests visit at a time. Your children may also visit you briefly during labor and in recovery, as long as they are accompanied by another adult at all times. Guests are requested to wait in the Siratt Women's Center Family Waiting Room when not in the birthing room with you. A support person of your choice may be in attendance with you during the birth of your baby.
Family and friends, other than your support person, are welcome to remain nearby in the waiting room at the Siratt Women's Center. Here, a direct phone line to the labor and delivery department is available to help keep them informed of the mother's progress.
Suggested Items to Pack for Labor, Delivery and Recovery
Listed below are some recommended items to bring with you to the hospital. Texas Health HEB looks forward to sharing this exciting time with you.
- Childbirth education handbook
- Robe and slippers for walking during labor
- Focal point(s)
- Favorite music with portable player
- Lotion or oil for massage
- Lip balm
- Mouthwash and/or toothbrush and toothpaste
- Deck of cards, magazine, book
- Nutritious snack for partner
- Contact lens case and eyeglasses
- Warm socks
- One or more items for back massage
- Vibrating pillow and/or vibrating massager
- List of phone numbers and people to notify of the birth
- Cell phone with charger
- Change for vending machine
- Band for long hair
- Paper and pencil
- Camera and/or video recorder and batteries/charger
- Extra pillows with colored pillowcases
- Two or three nightgowns
- Nursing bras
- Nursing pads (cloth or paper)
- A good breastfeeding book
- Nursing gowns (it is nice to have gowns with hidden openings in the front)
- Hair care items
- Going home outfit for mom - early pregnancy size
- Going home outfit and blanket for baby
- A good book
- Baby book (for footprints)
- Infant car seat
Source: Prepared Childbirth - The Family Way; Debby Amis and Jeanne Green; page 94; 2007.