Texas Health Hospitals in Fort Worth, Plano Named 'Best Place to Have a Baby'
02/15/2013

ARLINGTON, Texas — When it comes to having babies, readers of Fort Worth Child and Dallas Child magazines turn to Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth and Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano, respectively, for care.

The hospitals were voted “Best Place to Have a Baby” in the magazines’ annual “Best for Moms and Babies” readers’ surveys. Both hospitals deliver more than 3,000 babies each year.

“We are very pleased that so many mothers choose to have their babies with us,” said Michele Charless, R.N., director of women’s and children’s services at Texas Health Plano. “Caregivers on the units and physicians on the medical staff are honored to play such a special role in a mother’s life. That our patients voted us to win this honor makes it even more special.”

Texas Health Fort Worth and Texas Health Plano offer everything from assisted reproductive technologies to help women get pregnant to care for high-risk pregnancies and neonatal intensive care. The hospitals offer a wide array of classes to help prepare parents for the birth and support groups to help new moms after they’ve delivered.

“Whether patients desire an epidural and delivery by an obstetrician on the hospital's medical staff or a natural water birth with a nurse-midwife, we’re dedicated to trying to honor the choices of moms in the Fort Worth area,” said Amy Hailey, director of women and infant services at Texas Health Fort Worth, the regional referral center for high-risk deliveries in Tarrant and surrounding counties. “We’re so pleased that mothers have chosen us for this honor for 18 years, to the credit of our nurses, employees, midwives, and doctors on the medical staff who are committed to providing quality care.”

Both Texas Health hospitals are among seven in Texas designated “Baby Friendly” by the World Health Organization, an honor that recognizes a comprehensive approach to breastfeeding support. The hospitals offers breastfeeding classes, a breastfeeding support group run by a lactation consultant, and stores that sells breastfeeding and other newborn supplies.

In addition to in-person services and classes, Texas Health has created a community of moms online with a daily blog, Facebook group and Twitter account. For more information on Texas Health offerings for moms, visit TexasHealth.org/Moms.

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 TexasHealth.org.