Proper Planning Can Lead to a Successful Delivery
02/23/2009

KAUFMAN, Texas — Unlike a medical emergency, pregnant women and their partners can do research ahead of time and select the hospital that best suits their criteria of where to have their baby. While emergency situations can impact the plan, it is important to do research ahead of time about how the delivery ideally will proceed and what you want from the experience.

“Childbirth can be a scary time for a first-time mother or a mother facing a high-risk pregnancy,” said Dr. Reba Williams-White, a physician on the medical staff at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Kaufman. “Doing as much research as possible on the hospital where you will deliver your baby can help alleviate concerns and better prepare you for any unexpected challenges of labor.”

The Childbirth Connection, a nonprofit organization that works to improve the quality of maternity care, suggests asking the following questions when selecting a hospital:

  • Does the hospital offer childbirth education and other classes to help you care for your baby?
  • Does the hospital participate in my insurance plan? How much does a typical vaginal birth cost? How much does a typical Cesarean birth cost?
  • Would I labor and give birth in one room or would I be required to move before the birth? Will I stay in the same room after giving birth?
  • Are there any policies that limit the number of people allowed to be in the room for labor and birth? Are there any age restrictions or can siblings attend the birth?
  • How do you monitor the baby’s well-being during labor?
  • What routine care is provided to healthy newborns?
  • Could my baby stay in the room with me instead of a nursery?
  • Does the hospital have a newborn intensive care unit?
  • What follow-up care do you offer after we go home?

“Bringing a baby into the world can be a fantastic experience, but is definitely one where doing homework ahead of time may help you make the choices that are right for you,” she said. “Everyone — hospital employees, your physician, and family members — want the birth to go smoothly and be a rewarding experience. Talking about your desires ahead of time can help make that goal a reality.”

For more tips, including how to choose an obstetrician, visit http://www.childbirthconnection.org/. A list of obstetricians that practice at hospitals that are part of the Texas Health Resources system can be found at www.texashealth.org.

About Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Kaufman
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Kaufman is a 91-bed acute-care, full-service medical center serving Kaufman and Henderson counties and the southern part of Dallas County since 1979. The hospital's services include women and infant care, wound care, diagnostic imaging, cardiac rehabilitation, and pain management services.

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Kaufman has been recently recognized with the Pathway to Excellence hospital designation for distinction in nursing by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and is a Level IV Trauma Center. For more information, please call 1-877-THR-WELL.

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States and the largest in North Texas in terms of patients served. Texas Health’s system of 13 hospitals includes Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospitals, Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital and Texas Health Presbyterian Hospitals, and a medical research organization. Texas Health is a corporate member or partner in six additional hospitals and surgery centers. For more information about Texas Health, visit www.texashealth.org.

Doctors on the medical staff practice independently and are not employees or agents of the hospital.