Arriving for Your Birth
Location and Parking
Labor and Delivery is located on the ground floor of the south building in the Margot Perot Center. Upon arriving on the grounds of Texas Health Dallas, follow the signs to Labor and Delivery. The signs will lead you to the rear side (south) of the Margot Perot Center, and you will pass by the Labor and Delivery Ambulance Entrance. Pull into Lot 11, between the Margot Perot Center and the Jackson Building, and drive down one level from the street. The door from this parking area remains unlocked 24-hours a day.
What to Bring with You
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.
Where to Check In
The admissions desk for Labor and Delivery is located on the ground floor of the south tower of the Margot Perot Center. Depending on your situation, the nurses may direct you to any of the following locations:
- Scheduled cesarean — Admitted directly to labor and delivery
- Scheduled induction — Admitted to Labor and Delivery or the Margot Perot Center on the fourth floor
- Spontaneous labor — May be directed to Triage for evaluation
- Evaluation for pregnancy concerns — May be directed to Triage for evaluation
Paperwork at Check-In
Even if you have pre-registered, you will need to check in at the registration desk. After some paperwork and depending on your situation, the charge nurse will direct you to the appropriate location.
Specific Types of Births
If you are hoping to have a natural birth, water birth or a vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC), let the admissions staff member know and tell the nurse as she escorts you to your room. If you are hoping for one of these births, we can try to assign you someone who specializes in that type of birth.
Your Labor and Birth Room
We are here to help you have the birth experience that best fits your wishes and needs.
Your Spacious Labor Room
Labor and Delivery has 15 private rooms that were recently renovated and include:
- Flat-screen TVs
- Twin, fold-away beds (available upon request for partners)
- Free internet access
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, 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
Visitors During Labor
For the security of patients and staff, visitors must be buzzed into the locked Labor and Delivery unit. We ask that families and guests observe the following rules:
- Visitors must know the first and the last name of the woman in labor to enter
- No more than four visitors at a time are allowed during labor
- No children under the age of 12 may visit Labor and Delivery, unless they are the sibling of the new baby
- All visiting children must be accompanied by an adult, other than the patient in labor
Visitors During the Birth
For the security of patients and staff, be mindful of the following guidelines:
- 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
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, please tell your nurse.
Family Lounge and Refreshments
Two waiting rooms are available outside Labor and Delivery. Refreshments are available nearby for your convenience. There is a deli located on the first floor with food and beverages available.
Documenting this special occasion is important for many of our families. Cameras are allowed with the following conditions:
- Your medical provider and any nurses or other providers in the room must consent to the photography.
- The photographer must sign the hospital’s Photographer Agreement.
- The photographer must obtain permission to photograph hospital staff before doing so.
- Only hand-held devices are allowed in Labor and Delivery (no tripods).
- No social media live streaming is allowed.
Please note that the physician or nurse may require an individual to stop photographing at any time.
Pain Management Options
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 Dallas
If you find that you want additional pain management during labor, the options available at Texas Health Dallas include:
- Laboring in water (hydrotherapy)
- Nitrous oxide
- IV medication
Labor Support Tools
The Margot Perot Center has birthing balls, labor bars and several bathtubs in labor rooms. We also invite patients 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 our items.
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 Dallas, 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 a cesarean prep 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. We offer a clear curtain to provide a gentle cesarean if you would like to watch the baby being born from your stomach.
For expectant moms who need a cesarean birth, Texas Health Dallas offers a gentle cesarean. This type of cesarean aims to create a birth experience that is similar to a vaginal delivery. In a gentle cesarean, the standard blue drape can be replaced with a clear drape. With the clear drape in place, the family can watch the baby being born from the mother’s womb, similar to a mother being able to see the birth during a vaginal delivery. If you are interested in this type of experience, please discuss it with your physician.
What to Expect During and After
Typically, you will be in the operating room for about one hour. After the surgery you, your baby and your support person will be taken back to the room where you were prior to the procedure. You will remain there for approximately two hours and barring any safety concerns, will have skin-to-skin time with your baby in order to establish the first feeding.
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.
The Golden Hour
The first hour after birth is called the golden hour, when we allow only mom, baby and one support person in the room to promote rest and relaxation.
Baby’s First Examination
After the first hour, your newborn will be examined by a nurse in your Labor and Delivery room, which will allow your family to be part of the baby’s first exam and measurement.
Your Pediatrician is Notified
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 hospital privileges, your baby will be seen by the on-call pediatrician.
Transition to Your Hospital Room
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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Take a Photo Tour
View photos of the maternity care areas at Texas Health Dallas.
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. Please know there are exceptions 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 Dallas. 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 check on you about every hour. 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 additional, your newborn will have several tests that may include:
- Glucose screening (when applicable)
- 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 Dallas works to minimize separation of moms and babies. We encourage moms to keep their babies in their hospital rooms, 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 personnel nearby to answer questions and provide education.
Your Hospital Room
Location and Parking
After delivery, the family is typically moved to the fourth or fifth floor of the Margot Perot Center. Please park in Lot 1 or Lot 11.
What’s in Your Room
The Mother and Baby area has spacious rooms for families to comfortably stay after the birth of the baby. Each room includes:
- Flat-screen TV
- Free internet access
- Comfortable couch that converts into a twin bed
- Temperature control for your room
- Newly-renovated, private bathrooms with a walk-in shower area
Room Service Dining
Texas Health Dallas is proud to offer its patients Gourmet Café Room Service. Moms may place orders from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week. In addition, several restaurants are on campus.
- To order room service, dial xFOOD (214-345-3663)
- Additional dining options on campus
Visiting Hours and Quiet Time
The Margot Perot Center has Quiet Time daily from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. to give parents a time to rest and bond with their babies. During this time, there will be no unnecessary interruptions by personnel, however, nurses and physicians will still enter as needed. Other than during Quiet Time, visiting hours are not restricted.
All children should be accompanied by an adult, other than the mother, when visiting. Children may not be left alone with the patient who just gave birth.
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 7days a week to provide one-on-one assistance in the privacy of your room. Speak to a lactation consultant by calling 214-345-2557.
Breast Pump Rentals
The Texas Health Dallas has Medela™ breast pumps available to rent as well as nursing supplies and pump parts available for purchase. The breast pumps can be delivered to your room prior to discharge. For more information and pricing, please call 214-345-2557.
Breastfeeding Support Center
If you have issues with your newborn or with breastfeeding, you can make an appointment with a certified lactation consultant. Most insurance companies typically cover lactation consultants. To make an appointment, please call 214-345-2580.
The Breastfeeding Support Center is located on the 5th floor of the Margot Perot Center at Texas Health Dallas.
Before You Go Home
Even if your doctor says that 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 OB/GYN visited and let you know you can go home
- The pediatrician visited and let you know the baby can go home
- You’ve brought the car seat to the room and the nurse checked that the baby is secure (do not bring the base)
- You rented a breast pump and it has been delivered to your room, if desired
- Your prescriptions have been delivered to your room or sent to your preferred pharmacy
- You have made a follow-up appointment for your newborn
- You reviewed your medications with the discharge nurse
- A nurse or technician has brought a wheelchair to take you to your car
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High-Risk Pregnancy Care
When complications develop during a pregnancy, the High-Risk Pregnancy Care unit (Antepartum) provides quality care for women at 16 weeks gestation or more. Whether you have who have an increased risk of complication, such as a multiple birth or high-risk pregnancy or a pre-existing medical condition, we offer compassionate support throughout your pregnancy.
One of the largest facilities in Dallas-Fort Worth area dedicated to the care of high-risk obstetric patients, this specialized patient care unit features an experienced multidisciplinary team that includes:
- Perinatologists on the medical staff
- Pastoral care
- Social services
- Case managers
- Collaborations with neonatal physicians on the medical staff
Location and Parking
The High-Risk Pregnancy Care unit is located on the fourth floor of the north building in the Margot Perot Center. Convenient parking is in Lot 1 or Lot 11.
The High-Risk Pregnancy Care unit has 29 spacious rooms that allow patients to stay in hotel-like surroundings with gourmet room service. Each patient has a private room designed to provide comfort and convenience with amenities such as a personal refrigerator and other furnishings for those who may have a longer-than-expected stay.
Amenities During Your Stay
Texas Health Dallas wants to help each long-term patient have an enjoyable stay. While a guest, the following services are available:
- Manicures, pedicures and massages (available for an additional fee)
- Room service dining
- Online childbirth education classes
- Personalized tours of the NICU and Special Care Nursery (if necessary)
Take a High-Risk OB Tour
If your pregnancy is considered high-risk or your new baby will require extra care in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), we invite you to take the High-Risk Obstetric Tour. The tour is led by an experienced registered nurse and includes the High-Risk Pregnancy Care unit, NICU and the Special Care Nursery.
For more information on a high-risk tour, call 1-877-THR-WELL.
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. Learn more about navigating a high-risk pregnancy and what it means for your care.
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