You may already know how you want your baby’s birth to happen. At Texas Health Cleburne, we work with you to achieve the birth you want, while keeping you comfortable and secure. We support family involvement in your birth, as part of our family-centered care philosophy. We know that babies thrive when their family is engaged in the birth.
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 817-556-5436.
Where to Check In
Where to Park
Labor and Delivery is located inside the secure Ann Marti Schmidt Women and Infants’ Services Unit on the fourth floor of the hospital. Moms arriving for care during daytime hours (5 a.m. to 5 p.m.), Monday thru Friday, should park near the main hospital entrance. If arriving at night (5 p.m. to 5 a.m.), or on the weekend, you should park and enter at the Emergency Room entrance. After registration, you will be escorted to your room by a caregiver.
Where to Check-In
Families should check in at the Emergency Room to be evaluated and directed to the appropriate location. If you are arriving for a scheduled cesarean or induction, you should go straight to Labor and Delivery on the fourth floor.
Upon check-in, you will receive a three-digit security code to be used by your family and visitors for future admission to the unit. You will then be escorted to the secure unit by a caregiver.
Paperwork at Check-in
Even if you have preregistered, you will have some paperwork to complete when you arrive.
What to Bring 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.
What’s in the Labor and Delivery Room
What’s in Your Labor and Delivery Room
The Ann Marti Schmidt Women and Infants’ Services Unit is as warm and inviting as the family and friends that surround you. Although each suite is beautifully decorated to provide a relaxed feeling, each is also equipped with the technology to provide an enhanced environment in which to give birth. Each tranquil suite comfortably accommodates birthing families and includes:
- Flat screen TV
- Free internet access
- Individual, full-size bathroom with shower
- Comfortable accommodation for overnight guests
- Temperature control for your room
- Water Births
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, 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
For the safety and security of you and your family, all entrances to the Ann Marti Schmidt Women and Infants’ Services Unit are locked and under constant video surveillance. Family and friends may visit during the labor and delivery process. We ask that families and visitors observe the following guidelines:
- Visitors may be screened for fever or other signs of acute illness as these can be harmful to mom and baby.
- Healthy children are allowed to visit in Labor and Delivery, but should be accompanied with an adult other than your support person.
- We ask all visitors to wait in the waiting room when not in the room with the new mom.
Visitors During Labor and Birth
You will be given a three-digit code upon admission that you may share with your desired visitors. Our flexible visitation policy allows you to determine who visits and when. However, you should also discuss with your provider the number of people who may be in the room during labor and the birth, to maintain a safe environment.
There is a waiting area located outside Labor and Delivery that has a coffee and water station, vending machine and comfortable seating.
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 provider must consent to the video or photography, as well as any nurses or providers in the room. Only hand-held devices are allowed in Labor and Delivery (no tripods).
Please note that the physician or nurse may require an individual to stop photographing or videotaping at any time.
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 Cleburne
If you find that you want additional pain management during labor, the options available at Texas Health Cleburne include:
- IV medication
- Nitrous oxide
- Hydrotherapy (laboring in water).
Learn More about 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.
Labor Support Tools
We have birthing balls, peanut balls, birthing stools and labor bars and encourage you to bring other labor-support tools. We welcome any support personnel, including doulas, who you may have worked with during your pregnancy.
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.
Cesareans and Inductions
Before Your Birth
If you are having a scheduled induction or cesarean at Texas Health Cleburne, 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 during this time.
Scheduled Cesarean Births
If you have a scheduled cesarean, go directly to Labor and Delivery on the fourth floor. 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 escorted to the operating room and prepared for surgery. Your partner will meet you there.
Gentle Cesarean Birth
For those who need a cesarean birth, Texas Health Cleburne offers a type of cesarean that aims to create a birth experience similar to a vaginal delivery, called a gentle cesarean. If you are interested in this type of experience, please discuss it with your physician.
Delayed Cord Clamping and Skin to Skin
Texas Health Cleburne routinely practices delayed cord clamping with mom and baby skin-to-skin contact. Typically, you will be in the operating room for about one hour. After the surgery you will be moved back to your Labor and Delivery room with your baby and support person.
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.
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.
The Pediatrician is Notified
After the birth, your pediatrician will be notified that you have delivered. Texas Health Cleburne also has pediatricians available to care for babies during your hospital stay. Your hospital records and testing results will be shared with your pre-selected pediatrician. (You will provide their information during admission.)
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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 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 Cleburne. If you experience discomfort, please tell your nurse as soon as possible. Your nurse will discuss options for safely reducing your pain.
You Will be Visited Hourly
Your nurses or the patient care assistants 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. 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 Cleburne works to minimize the 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, giving you an opportunity to learn your baby's cues with hospital staff nearby to answer questions and provide education.
Visitors and Quiet Time
Outside of Quiet Time, visiting hours are not restricted.
Quiet Time from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Texas Health Cleburne has Quiet Time daily from 1 to 4 p.m. This is a time for parents to bond and rest with their newborns without outside visitor interactions. During this time the hall lights are dimmed, and there will be no unnecessary interruptions by hospital personnel. Nurses and physicians, however, will still enter as needed. We encourage you not to have visitors during Quiet Time so that you can rest.
Your Hospital Room
Your Mother and Baby Room
Your Mother and Baby room is as inviting as the family and friends that surround you. Each spacious room comfortably accommodates a family during their hospital stay and includes:
- Flat-screen TV
- Free internet access
- Couch that converts into a comfortable twin bed
- Individual, full-size bathroom
- Temperature control for your room
Celebratory Meal and Dining
The arrival of a new baby is one of life’s most important milestones. Welcome your new baby with a complimentary celebratory meal for mom and one support person. A menu will be provided and vegetarian options are available.
Additional Dining Options
There is a cafeteria on campus and a grab-and-go Micro Mart that offers quick self-serve food items 24 hours a day.
Birth Certificates 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 and a certified lactation consultant is on staff to support you in meeting your breastfeeding goals.
Texas Health Cleburne has Medela™ breast pumps, nursing supplies and pump parts available for sale. For more information, hours and pricing, please call 817-556-5422.
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, the following must be completed:
- Your baby’s heart screening and newborn screening test were completed at age 24 hours
- You have provided the name of your pediatrician to the nurse
- Your OB/GYN has visited and said you can go home
- The pediatrician has visited and said your baby can go home
- You have made an appointment with your baby’s pediatrician for a follow-up visit
- 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 wheelchair to take you to your car
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