Arriving for Your Birth
Where to Park
Labor and Delivery is inside The Family Birthplace, located in the main hospital building on the third floor. Moms arriving for labor during daytime hours (7 a.m. to 9 p.m.) should park near the front entrance to the hospital. When arriving at night (9 p.m. to 7 a.m.), moms should enter the hospital through the Emergency Room entrance.
Where to Check-In
Families who are preregistered or arriving for delivery should go straight to Labor and Delivery, on the third floor. You will not need to check in at the main hospital admissions desk. If arriving at night (between 9 p.m. and 7 a.m.), please enter the hospital through the Emergency Room entrance and continue to Labor and Delivery.
What to Bring With You to Labor and Delivery
When packing a labor bag include your photo ID, insurance information and any items to occupy you and your partner during labor. You do not need to bring your luggage or car seat to the labor room.
Paperwork at Check-In
Even if you have preregistered, you will need to check in at the Labor and Delivery desk. After some paperwork and depending on your situation, the charge nurse will take you to your room. If you would like the room with a hydrotherapy tub or need a birthing ball, please tell admission staff.
Specific Types of Births
If you are hoping to have a natural birth or a vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC), tell the nurse as she escorts you to your room.
Your Labor, Birth and Recovery Room
Your Labor, Birth and Recovery Room
Our new Family Birthplace is as warm and inviting as the family and friends that surround you. The fresh and comfortable surroundings are designed to enhance your birth experience. Each spacious labor-delivery-recovery-postpartum suite comfortably accommodate birthing families in one place and includes:
- 42” high-definition TV
- Free Internet access
- Individual, full-size bathroom
- Sleeper sofa that converts to a bed for overnight guests
- Aromatherapy diffuser
- Bluetooth speaker
- Room-service dining for your convenience
Labor Support Tools
The Family Birthplace offers birthing balls, labor bars and a hydrotherapy tub for use during labor. We also invite you to bring other labor-support tools. When you arrive at Labor and Delivery, please notify your nurse if you would like to use one of these items.
Make Yourself at Home
This is your birth experience and we want you to be comfortable. Feel free to bring your own labor support tools, birth gown, music players, essential oils for aromatherapy (lavender is not allowed due a severe allergy), etc.
If you have a birth plan, please share it with the nurse when you arrive at your labor room. You do not have to create a birth plan. We will try to follow your wishes as long as they do not interfere with the health and safety of you or the baby.
Visitors During Labor and Birth
Visitors During Labor
At Texas Health Allen, our family-centered maternity care philosophy embraces the important role of the whole family — mother, father, siblings and grandparents — in the birth of your child. Please make sure that an adult other than your support person accompanies any children during labor.
Visitors During the Birth
- Two visitors may be present in the delivery room during a vaginal delivery.
- Only one visitor may be present in the operating room during a cesarean section.
If You Want Visitors Limited
The unit has locked access and visitors must be buzzed in. If you are concerned about having visitors in your room, notify your nurse.
Vending machines are located downstairs by the cafeteria. Comfortable seating for additional guests is available outside Labor and Delivery, near the elevators.
Pain Management and Labor Support
There is no medical best choice for managing pain during labor. Everyone has different pain thresholds. Instead, it’s a question of what makes the most sense for you and your partner.
Pain Management Options at Texas Health Allen
If you find that you want additional pain management during labor, the options available at Texas Health Allen include:
- Hydrotherapy (laboring in water)
- IV medication
Learn more about Labor and Delivery/Pain Management Options.
Laboring in Water
Hydrotherapy allows a mom in labor to change positions easily, comforted by the warm water. It may also help relieve pain and reduce the need for additional anesthesia. When appropriate, we offer hydrotherapy for pain relief for laboring mothers who are interested in this option.
Expectant parents often find the support of a doula to be helpful. Doulas are trained in providing emotional and physical support and helping women to carry out their birth plans. Doulas can be hired sometime during the pregnancy.
Cesareans and Inductions
Before Your Birth
If you are having a scheduled induction or cesarean at Texas Health Allen, please remember the following:
- Do not eat or drink at least eight hours before the procedure or the procedure may be rescheduled, possibly to another day
- After check-in, you will be prepared approximately two hours prior to the procedure. While visitors are allowed, you will be occupied with tests
Scheduled Cesarean Births
When you arrive, tell the admissions staff you are there for a scheduled procedure. You will be taken to your room, where you will remain for approximately two hours. During this time, the nurses will monitor the baby and check your vitals, and you will receive an epidural. Before the surgery, your support partner will be taken to change into scrubs. They may take a camera or cell phone into the operating room. You will be wheeled to the operating room and your partner will meet you there.
In the operating room will be two physicians, a nurse and an anesthesiologist.
Filming and Photography
Documenting this special occasion is important for many of our families. Cameras and video recorders are allowed with the following conditions:
- Your medical provider and any nurses or providers in the room must consent to the video or photography.
- The individual recording the birth must sign the hospital’s Photographer/Videographer Agreement.
- Video or photography can begin only when allowed by the physician or hospital staff.
- Only hand-held devices are allowed in Labor and Delivery (no tripods).
Please note that the physician or nurse may require the individual to stop photographing or videotaping at any time.
After Your Birth
Skin to Skin
As soon as possible after birth, nurses will place your baby skin to skin for at least an hour to allow time for the first feeding. Skin-to-skin time helps your newborn stay warm, stabilizes blood-sugar levels and is considered good for all babies.
Baby’s First Examination
After the first hour, your newborn will be examined in your birth room, which will allow your family to be part of the baby’s first exam and measurement.
Your Pediatrician is Notified
We encourage you to select a pediatrician before your birth. After the birth, we will notify your pediatrician that you have delivered your baby. If you do not have a preselected pediatrician or one with privileges at the hospital, your baby will be seen by the on-call pediatrician.
You and your baby will remain in your Labor and Delivery room throughout your visit. This is the time when your partner can bring your additional luggage to the room.
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Mom’s Recovery: What to Expect
How Long You Will Stay
Typically, you will be discharged between 24 and 48 hours after a vaginal delivery. For a cesarean, you will can be discharged between 48 and 72 hours after surgery. Exceptions exist for shorter and longer hospital stays, if desired or needed. Talk with your nurse about when you hope to be discharged.
Get Up and Walk
Within six hours of your birth, your nurse will help you get out of bed to walk around. Walking will improve your circulation and prevent blood clots.
Pain Management During Your Stay
We encourage you to be proactive about your pain management while you are at Texas Health Allen. If you experience discomfort, please tell your nurse as soon as possible. Your nurse will discuss options for safely reducing your pain.
Your Nurse Will Visit Hourly
Your nurse will regularly come by to check on you. If you would like less frequent visitations, just let the nurse know.
Baby’s Hospital Stay: What to Expect
Baby’s Screenings and Procedures
During your hospital stay, your baby will be examined by a pediatrician every day. If your pediatrician has privileges at the hospital, they or someone from their practice, will visit you daily. If your pediatrician is not on the medical staff, you will be visited by an on-call pediatrician. In addition, your newborn will have several tests that may include:
- Blood screen (age 24 hours)
- Hearing screen
- Heart screen (age 24 hours)
- Car-seat screen (when applicable)
Circumcision for a boy infant may be completed during the hospital stay, if desired. Your baby is returned to you typically within an hour of the procedure.
Where Baby Will Stay
Texas Health Allen works to minimize separation of moms and babies. We encourage moms to keep their babies in their hospital rooms (including nighttime), a practice called rooming-in. Even your baby's evaluations and examinations may take place in your room. Moms also have an opportunity to learn their baby's cues with personnel nearby to answer questions and provide education. With support and guidance from experienced nurses, parents gain the skills needed to confidently care for their babies, in the comfort of their hospital rooms.
Visiting HoursVisiting hours are not restricted. However, visitors who arrive after 9 p.m. should enter the hospital through the Emergency Room entrance.
Celebration Meal and Dining
The arrival of a new baby is one of life’s most important milestones. To help celebrate this momentous occasion, Texas Health Allen offers a celebratory meal of steak and lobster (other options are available) for the mom and a support person.
Room Service Dining
Texas Health Allen is proud to offer room service dining for both mom and a support person during their stay. Room service dining is available from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., seven days a week.
Birth Certificate and Social Security
During your hospital stay, a coordinator will contact you to complete the necessary paperwork to record your baby’s birth. You will be given documentation that can be sent to your insurance company.
Texas Health does not keep a copy of the birth certificate or Social Security information.
Get more information on requesting your child’s birth certificate or social security information.
During your hospital stay, your nurse will be the primary contact for breastfeeding education. Lactation consultants are also available seven days a week to provide one-on-one assistance in the privacy of your room. Speak to a lactation consultant by calling 972-747-6377.
Breast Pump Rentals
Located on the first floor in the Medical Office Building, the gift shop has hospital-grade breast pumps available for rent. For more information and pricing, please call 972-747-6037.
Before You Go Home
Even if your doctor says you are ready to go home, there is still a process that needs to be completed for your safety and security.
Things to Discuss with Your Family
Are you ready and do you have the things you need before going home? Discuss these questions with your family (If you have questions or concerns, please talk with your nurse):
- When do I think I will be going home (day and time)?
- How am I getting home?
- Who will help me at home?
- Do I have the supplies I need?
Steps That Happen on Discharge Day
Before you go home, you must complete several items. They are:
- Your OB/GYN has visited and said you can go home
- The pediatrician has visited and said your baby can go home
- You rented a breast pump, if desired
- Your prescriptions have been ordered or sent to your pharmacy
- You have reviewed your medications with a nurse
- A nurse or technician has brought a wheel chair to take you to your car
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High Risk Pregnancy Care
When complications develop during a pregnancy, Texas Health Allen provides quality and comfortable care for expectant moms. We offer compassionate support when you have an increased risk of complication, such as multiple births or high-risk pregnancies or a pre-existing medical conditions.
While staying in the antepartum unit, you will be cared for by an experienced multidisciplinary team that includes:
- Board-certified maternal-fetal specialists on the medical staff
- Neonatal physicians
- Social services
- Case managers
- Pastoral care
The team also works closely with your obstetrician, if needed, to assist with the birthing process.
Location and Parking
The antepartum rooms are located inside The Family Birthplace on the third floor of the main hospital building. Moms arriving during daytime hours (7 a.m. to 9 p.m.) should park near the front entrance to the hospital. When arriving at night (9 p.m. to 7 a.m.), moms should enter the hospital through the Emergency Room entrance.
The antepartum area has five spacious rooms that feature hotel-like surroundings and gourmet room service. Each patient has a private room designed to provide comfort and convenience. Amenities include a personal refrigerator and other furnishings if you have a longer-than-expected stay.
Visiting hours are open. However, visitors who arrive after 9 p.m. should enter the hospital through the Emergency Room entrance.
Amenities during Your Stay
We want each mom-to-be to have an enjoyable long-term stay at The Family Birthplace. While a guest, the following services are available:
- Childbirth education offered bedside
- Bedside baby showers
- Gourmet room-service dining
- Personalized tours of the NICU (if desired)
- Online childbirth and breastfeeding classes
- Visitation from a personal dog or cat
- Visits from pet therapy dogs
- Pastoral care and support
- Aromatherapy diffusers
Learn More about High-Risk CareIf you have a high-risk pregnancy, you or your baby might be at increased risk of health problems before, during or after delivery. Learn more about navigating a high-risk pregnancy and what it means for your care.
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