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Your Labor and Delivery
You may already know how you want your baby’s birth to happen. At Texas Health HEB, 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.
  • Arriving for Labor and Delivery
    Where to Park

    Labor and Delivery is located in the Siratt Women’s Center on the first floor of the main hospital. Parking is free on the campus. Moms arriving for labor during daytime hours should park and enter through the main hospital entrance. If arriving at night, park and enter at the Emergency Room entrance.

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    Where to Check-In

    Families who are preregistered and/or arriving for delivery should enter the Siratt Women’s Center and head to the left hallway where there will be a set of doors with an intercom to the right. For the safety of our patients, the unit is locked and you must be buzzed into the entrance. Once inside, head to the right and go to the end of the hallway to the Labor and Delivery nurses station, where you will be checked in.

  • Items to Bring With You to Labor and Delivery

    When packing a labor bag, be sure to include:

    • Driver’s license or ID card
    • Insurance information
    • Phone, camera, video camera and charging cables

    Other items that may keep you comfortable during labor include:

    • A deck of cards, books, magazines, music, tablet, etc.
    • Bathrobe or labor gown
    • Labor support tools
    • Comfy slippers/socks (skid-proof)
    • Snacks for your partner

    Please note you do not need to bring your luggage or car seat to your room until after delivery.

  • Your Labor and Delivery Room

    We are here to help you have the birth experience that best fits your wishes and needs.

    What’s in Your Labor and Delivery Room

    Our spacious Labor and Delivery suites can comfortably accommodate you and your birthing family. Each of our nine birth suite includes:

    • Flat-screen TV
    • Free internet access
    • Seating for a guest
    • Individual, full-size bathroom with combination shower and bathtubs
    • Temperature control for your suite

    Birth Plans

    If you have a birth plan, please 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 they do not interfere with the health and safety of you or the baby.

  • Visitors During Labor and Delivery

    Two visitors are allowed at your bedside during delivery. For a cesarean birth, only one support person may be in the operating room for the surgery.

  • Film and Photography

    Documenting this special occasion is important for many of our families. Cameras are allowed with the following conditions:

    • Your provider and any nurses or other 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 provider or hospital staff.
    • The individual must obtain permission to photograph or videotape hospital staff before doing so.
    • Only hand-held devices are allowed in Labor and Delivery (no tripods).

    Please note that the provider or nurse may require the individual to stop photographing or videotaping at any time.

  • Pain Management and Labor Support Tools
    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. If you find that you want additional pain management during labor, the options available at Texas Health HEB include:

    • IV medication
    • Epidurals
    • Nitrous Oxide

    Additionally a walking path in the Siratt Women’s Center is available to encourage patients to walk during labor. The nurses may also assist with additional pain relief methods such as massage, changing positions, breathing, etc.

    Labor Support Tools

    Texas Health HEB has birthing balls, peanut balls and labor bars for use during labor and invites you to bring other labor-support tools including a birth gown, music player, essential oils and diffusers for aromatherapy, pillows, blankets, etc.

  • Doulas

    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 are welcome at mom’s bedside as part of her care team and can be hired sometime during the pregnancy.

  • Scheduled Cesareans and Inductions

    Our goal is to maintain scheduled delivery dates. To provide excellent care to you during the birth of your child(ren), the scheduled time of your arrival might change. If there are any changes, we will call you (usually 1-2 hours before admission). We will also communicate any changes with your doctor. If you have questions or concerns about changes to your scheduled delivery, talk to your doctor.

    Before Your Delivery

    If you are having a scheduled induction or cesarean at Texas Health HEB, please remember the following:

    • For a cesarean, do not eat or drink at least eight hours before the procedure, or the procedure may be rescheduled, possibly to another day.
    • For an induction, please check with your doctor regarding instructions on eating and drinking prior to procedure.
    • Shower in the morning using the chlorhexidine gluconate (HCG) solution provided by your doctor’s office.
    • Remove all jewelry and leave valuables at home.

    Scheduled Cesarean Births

    When you arrive, tell the Labor and Delivery 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. The doctor on the medical staff who administers your anesthesia will visit you to discuss your options before you are taken to the operating room.

    Typically, a doctor, two nurses, an anesthesiologist on the medical staff and a certified surgery technician are in the operating room. One support person may be in the operating room during the surgery, as long as there are no safety concerns. Typically, you will be in the operating room for about one hour. After the surgery, you will be moved to our recovery area with your baby and support person. You will remain in recovery for about two hours. If there are no safety concerns, you will have skin-to-skin time with your new baby to establish the first feeding.

    Learn more about what to expect before, during and after your c-section.

    Gentle Cesarean Birth

    For expectant moms who need a cesarean birth, Texas Health HEB offers a gentle cesarean. This type of cesarean aims to create a birth experience that is similar to a vaginal delivery. Your nurse can give more details if you are interested in this type of experience.

  • After Delivery: What to Expect
    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.


    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. Medications given after birth include vitamin K and erythromycin opthalmic ointment.

    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 Mother and Baby Room

    You and your baby will remain in Labor and Delivery for about two hours before transfer to the room where you will stay throughout your visit.

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Emergency Department for Maternity Patients
If you think you’re in labor, your water breaks or you have complications or concerns, please visit the Obstetrics Emergency Department for an evaluation.
During Your Hospital Stay
After the birth, you and your baby will receive special care for the duration of your hospital stay.
  • Your Hospital Room
    Your Mother and Baby Room

    The Siratt Women’s Center Center for Women is as inviting as the family and friends that surround you. Each spacious room comfortably accommodates families during their hospital stay and includes:

    • Flat-screen TV
    • Free internet access
    • Sleeping accommodations for overnight guests
    • Individual, full-size bathroom with a shower
    • Temperature control for your room

  • 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 after giving birth, your nurse will help you to get out of bed to walk around. Walking will improve your circulation and prevent blood clots.

    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, you can eat as soon as you desire. Following a cesarean, a nurse will offer liquids and within six hours, you will be eating regular food.

  • 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
    • Jaundice
    • 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 HEB 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.

  • Visitors

    Visitors, including children, are allowed to visit. 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.

  • Meals and Dining

    Texas Health HEB is proud to offer complimentary room service dining to mom, and at an additional charge, for a support person during their stay. There is on-campus dining as well, and afternoon snacks are available daily for postpartum moms.

  • 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.

    Get more information on requesting your child’s birth certificate or social security information.

  • Breastfeeding Support
    Breastfeeding Support

    During your hospital stay, your nurse will be the primary contact for breastfeeding education. Certified 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 817-848-4773.

    Breast Pump Rentals

    Breast pumps are available to rent through our lactation support services. Speak to a lactation consultant by calling 817-848-4773.

  • Discharge Day: What to Expect

    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
    • 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
    • You have completed all necessary paperwork
    • 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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  • Spacious Accommodations

    Throughout the birthing process, you will stay in the Siratt Women’s Center located on the first floor of the main hospital. 

    What’s in Your Room

    The Siratt Women’s Center offers long-term stays in hotel-like surroundings with room service dining. Each mom-to-be has a private room designed to provide comfort and convenience. Each room includes:

    • TV
    • Free internet access
    • Individual, full-size bathroom with a shower
    • Sleeping accommodations for an overnight guest
    • Temperature control for your room

    Visiting Hours

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  • Care During Your Pregnancy

    While staying at Texas Health HEB, you will be cared for by an experienced multidisciplinary team that includes

    • Board-certified maternal-fetal specialists
    • Neonatologists and Neonatal Nurse Practitioners on the medical staff
    • Transition care managers
    • OB Laborists
    • Occupational therapists
    • Dietitians
    • Pastoral care
    • Social services

    The team will work closely with your provider, if needed, to assist with managing your prenatal care.

  • Amenities During Your Stay

    Texas Health HEB wants to help each mom-to-be have an enjoyable long-term stay. While a guest, the following services are available:

    • Childbirth education offered at the bedside
    • Infant CPR education
    • Visits from pet-therapy dogs
    • Refrigerator
    • Microwave
    • Bedside baby showers
    • Personalized tours of the Level II NICU

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