In keeping with our family-centered care philosophy, we encourage family involvement in the planning and birth of their baby.
Pre-Register for Your Hospital Stay
Early planning and pre-registering for your hospital admission will help to ensure a smooth transition when it’s time to deliver your baby. You may complete the pre-registration process online at any time during your pregnancy, but the sooner the better. If you’ve reached the 4-month mark, it’s a great time to get this done and off your baby to-do list.
You will want to start by gathering relevant primary and secondary insurance information, the guarantor’s personal and employment specifics and emergency contact numbers.
If you have any questions about pre-registration or costs associated with your stay, you may reach out to our financial counselor at 817-690-6123.
Where to Check In
Entrance to Labor and Delivery
Labor and Delivery is on the second floor of the Main hospital building, near the North entrance located along Randol Mill Road (near the Emergency Room). There is an overhang where you can drop off the mother before parking your car. The Labor and Delivery and mother/baby units can be found by taking the D or E elevators to the second floor.
Where to Park
There are several locations where you can park when arriving for your birth.
- Visitor Lot. At the corner of Randol Mill Road and Cooper Street is a visitor parking lot. This is the closest option to the entrance to Labor and Delivery.
- South Parking Garage. This is a covered parking garage with ample parking and is located along Cooper Street and Fuller Street. When you enter the hospital, go to the information desk and they can help direct you to the North Entrance. If no one if available, follow the signs to Labor and Delivery.
- The Vandergriff Parking Garage. This parking garage is available for a fee.
- Valet Parking - Available at the South Entrance of the hospital.
Where to Check-In
From the Women’s Waiting Room, proceed down the hallway to the left towards the entrance. The entrance is locked. Use the phone on the wall to the right to call to be granted access. Proceed down the hallway to the nurse’s station and the nurses will direct you to the appropriate location.
What to Bring to Labor and Delivery
When packing a labor bag, bring your photo ID, insurance information and any items to want to have to occupy you during labor. You will not need your luggage or car seat until after you are moved to your Mother/Baby hospital room.
Paperwork at Check-In
Even if you have preregistered, you will need to check-in at the Labor and Delivery nurse’s station. After some paperwork and depending on your situation, the charge nurse will take you to your room or the appropriate location.
Specific Types of Births
If you are hoping to have a natural birth or VBAC, tell the nurse at check-in.
What’s in the Labor and Delivery Room
The birth process — labor, birth and recovery — takes place in one of our uniquely designed and soothing private maternity suites located in the Women and Children’s Center.
What’s in Your Labor and Delivery Room
Our spacious suites comfortably accommodate birthing families and include:
- Flat-screen TV
- Free internet access
- A sleeper sofa that converts into a comfortable bed for a support person
- Private bathroom with a shower for comfort during labor
- Personal refrigerator
- Aromatherapy patches, available upon request.
Make Yourself at Home
This is your birth experience, and we want you to be comfortable. Feel free to bring your own birth gown, music players, blankets, pillows, etc.
If you have a birth plan, share it with your nurse when you arrive at your labor room. You do not have to create one. We will try to follow your wishes as long as it does not interfere with the health and safety of you or the baby.
Visitors during Labor and Birth
Texas Health Arlington Memorial takes a family-centered approach to childbirth in our birthing suites. We encourage full participation from your designated support person.
Visitors during Labor
We embrace the important role of the whole family — mother, father, siblings and grandparents — in the birth of your child.
For the security of patients and staff, we ask that visitors observe the following rules:
- Visitors may be screened for fever or other signs of acute illness, as they can be harmful to mom and baby.
- Healthy children are allowed to visit, however please make sure that an adult other than your support person accompanies them during labor.
- We ask all visitors to wait in the waiting room when not in the room with the patient.
Visitors During the Birth
- Two visitors may be present in the delivery room during a vaginal delivery.
- Discuss with your provider if a visitor is allowed in the operating room during a cesarean section.
If You Want Visitors Limited
The unit is locked access and visitors must be buzzed in. If you are concerned about having visitors in your room, notify your nurse.
There is a waiting room on the second floor, outside of Labor and Delivery, that has a coffee/tea station, comfortable seating and phone charging stations. Vending machines are available on the first floor of the hospital in the Emergency Room or by the cafeteria.
Filming and Photography
To record this special occasion, cameras and video recorders are allowed with the following stipulations:
- Your provider must consent to the video or photography, as well as any nurses or other providers in the room.
- The individual photographing or videotaping must sign the hospital’s Photographer/Videographer Agreement.
- Video photography will begin only when instructed by the physician or hospital staff.
- The photographer must obtain permission to photograph or videotape any hospital staff prior to doing so.
- Video photography in labor and delivery is limited to handheld devices (i.e., no tripods).
Please note that the physician or nurse may require an individual to stop photographing or videotaping at any time.
Pain Management Options
There is no medical best choice for how to manage pain during labor. Instead, it’s a question of what makes the most sense for you and your partner.
Pain Management Options at Texas Health Arlington Memorial
If you find that you want additional pain management during your labor, the options available at Texas Health Arlington Memorial include:
- IV medication
Labor Support Tools
Texas Health Arlington Memorial has birthing balls, labor bars and rocking chairs for use during labor. When you arrive at Labor and Delivery, please notify your nurse if you would like to use one of these items. We also encourage patients to bring other labor-support tools.
Laboring in the Shower
Texas Health Arlington has showers in all the Labor and Delivery suites. Laboring in warm water may provide some additional relief.
Expectant parents often find it helpful to have the support of a doula. 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.
After Your Birth
The Golden Hour
The first hour after birth is called the golden hour, when we encourage only mom, baby and one support person in the room to promote rest and relaxation.
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 inside your birth room, which will allow your family to be part of the baby’s first exam and measurement.
Your Pediatrician is Notified
After your birth, your pediatrician will be notified that you have delivered. If you do not have a preselected pediatrician, or one without privileges at the hospital, your baby will be seen by the on-call pediatrician.
Transition to Postpartum Care
You and your baby will remain in Labor and Delivery for approximately two hours before transfer to the room where you will stay throughout your visit.
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Mom's Recovery: What to Expect
How Long You Will You Stay
Typically, you will be discharged between 24 and 48 hours after a vaginal delivery. For a cesarean, you 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 to 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 Arlington Memorial. If you experience discomfort, please let your nurse know as soon as possible so she can discuss your pain options with you.
You Will be Visited Hourly
Your nurses or the patient care assistants will check on you about every hour. If you would like less frequent visitations, just let the nurse know.
When Mom Can Eat
After an uncomplicated vaginal delivery, a mom can eat as soon as she desires. After a cesarean birth, a nurse will offer liquids and within six hours will be eating regular food.
If You Had Surgery
If you had a surgery, such as a cesarean, a support person will need to stay with you in the room to help care for the baby. If a support person is not available, the baby will be taken to the nursery and returned for feedings.
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 in your hospital room. 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. Additionally, your baby will have several tests completed during your stay that may include:
- Newborn 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.
Texas Health Arlington Memorial will typically give a bath to the newborn about 8 hours after the birth.
Where the Baby Will Stay
Texas Health Arlington Memorial 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.
Feel free to dress your baby in clothes you brought from home. White shirts are available if needed.
Your Mother/Baby Room
The Mother/Baby unit is as warm and inviting as are the family and friends that surround you.
Location and Parking
The Labor and Delivery and Mother/Baby units can be found by taking the D or E elevator to the second floor and using the phone on the wall to request access to a specific patient room.
What’s In Your Room
Our spacious Mother/Baby suites comfortably accommodate birthing families and include:
- Flat-screen TV
- Free internet access
- Sleeper sofa that converts to a comfortable bed for overnight guests
- Large bathroom with a shower
- Aromatherapy patches available upon request
- Small refrigerator for breastmilk store or additional items
Visitors and Quiet Time
For the security of patients and personnel, we ask that families observe the following rules:
- Visitors should check in at the entrance to Labor and Delivery or the Mother/Baby unit upon arrival.
- Visitors may be screened for fever or any other signs of acute illness as these can be harmful to mom and baby.
- Healthy children are allowed to visit, but if they are under the age of 12 they cannot spend the night.
- We ask all visitors to wait in the waiting room when not in the room with the patient.
Daily Quiet Time
The Women and Children’s Center has Quiet Time daily from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. to give parents a time to rest and bond with their babies. During this time the hall lights are dimmed, and there will be no unnecessary interruptions by staff, however, nurses and physicians will still enter as needed. We encourage you not to have visitors during quiet time so that you can rest.
Dining During Your Stay
Meals and On-Campus Dining
Moms staying in the Mother/Baby unit will receive meals three times a day. There are also snacks available for moms on the unit.
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 you can send to your insurance company. If you have not received a visit from the coordinator, talk with your nurse.
Texas Health does not keep a copy of the 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. Outpatient consultations are also available once you and baby are home. Speak to a lactation consultant by calling 817-960-6623.
Breast Pump Rentals
Medela™ breast pumps are available to rent through our lactation support services. Speak to a lactation consultant by calling 817-960-6623.
Before You Go Home
Even if your doctor says you are ready to go home, there is still a process that must be completed for your safety and security.
Things to Discuss with Your Family and Nurse
Are you ready and do you have the things you need before going home? Discuss these questions with your family and if you have questions or concerns, discuss 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
- Your baby’s heart screening and newborn screening test were completed at age 24 hours
- The birth certificate coordinator has visited or you have been provided the information to meet with them later in the week
- Your OB/GYN will visit and let you know you can go home
- The pediatrician will visit and let you know the baby can go home
- You rented a breast pump, if desired
- Your newborn will have a hearing check completed
- Your prescriptions have been ordered or sent to your pharmacy
- You will review your medications with a nurse,
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The Antepartum area is located inside the Labor and Delivery unit of the Women and Children’s Center, on the second floor of the hospital.
Each patient has a private room designed to provide comfort and convenience for those who may have a longer-than-expected stay. Room accommodations include a refrigerator, sleeper sofa for a guest and free internet access. Online childbirth education classes are also available for a fee.
Visiting hours are open. However, visitors who arrive after 9 p.m. should enter the hospital through the Emergency Room entrance. We ask that anyone visiting in the evening be mindful of patients who may be trying to rest.
Texas Health Arlington Memorial wants to help each long-term mom-to-be have an enjoyable stay. While staying in Antepartum unit, you will be cared for by an experienced multidisciplinary team that includes board-certified maternal-fetal specialists on the medical staff, and pastoral care, social services, case managers and dietitians. The team also works closely with your obstetrician, if needed, to assist with the birthing process. While a guest, feel free to request a personalized tour of the NICU.
Learn More about High-Risk Care
If you have a high-risk pregnancy, you or your baby might be at increased risk of health problems before, during or after delivery.
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