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Why More Moms Are Choosing Texas Health Allen

Personalized maternity services at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen support mothers’ individual wishes and give newborns a healthy start.

The staff of the Family Birthplace at Texas Health Allen works together to make mothers comfortable and facilitate optimal labor experiences.

Birth is approached as a natural part of life, with interventions such as epidurals being utilized if requested by the mother or if medical conditions dictate.

“Our Level II Special Care Nursery offers new moms the assurance that if their infants arrive early or experience
complications and need special care, they will receive immediate attention,” says Sherri Merideth, M.D., OB/GYN on the medical staff at Texas Health Allen. “We also have a great anesthesia team that is available 24 hours a day to assist laboring mothers or to prepare them for unscheduled Cesarean sections.”

Family members enjoy open visitor privileges, and siblings are welcome to visit the mom and baby with an adult.

The sleeper chair in each room converts to a bed for overnight guests, and rooms feature televisions, VCR/DVD and CD players and free Internet access.

The all-private labor/delivery/recovery rooms are designed for comfort and to provide a positive experience. Mother and baby stay together as much as possible, from the skin-to-skin contact after birth to the first bath specially designed for newborns at the bedside.

Babies also are allowed to “room in” with their mothers to facilitate breastfeeding on demand.

“We have an excellent childbirth education program that helps prepare mothers for the challenges of childbirth and breastfeeding,” says Carla Chila, R.N., director of Women and Infants Services at Texas Health Allen. “Our
caring and compassionate nurses do all they can to help mom shine on her day, and our lactation specialists give
breastfeeding mothers the confidence they need to continue after they return home.”

Texas Allen was the first hospital in the state to be recognized by the World Health Organization in 2008 as a baby-friendly hospital for its comprehensive approach to helping mothers establish effective breastfeeding techniques through the Family Birthplace.

Nurses at the Family Birthplace are dimming the lights and discouraging visitors during Nap Time to help new
mothers and their infants sleep.

Nap Time runs from 1 to 4 p.m., with no meals, tests or interruptions from hospital staff. At the conclusion of Nap Time, mothers enjoy milk and cookies or another snack of their choice. Texas Health Allen is constantly working to improve the hospital environment and facilitate high-quality, family-centered care.

For a free Pregnancy Planning Kit, visit TexasHealth.org/pregnancyplanningkit.

For a referral to an OB/GYN on the medical staff at Texas Health Allen, visit TexasHealth.org/FindaPhysician or call
1-877-THR-WELL (1-877-847-9355).

(Spring 2010)

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