Delivering Your Baby at Texas Health HEB
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Your Labor and Birth
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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.
  • 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 817-848-4667.

  • Arriving for Your Birth
    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 (7 a.m. to 9 p.m.) should park near the Siratt Women’s Center entrance. If arriving at night (9 p.m. to 7 a.m.), you should park and enter at the Emergency Room entrance.

    Where to Check-In

    Families who are preregistered and/or arriving for delivery should enter the building 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. Even if you have preregistered, you will have some paperwork to complete when you arrive.

    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.

  • 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

    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.

    Make Yourself at Home

    This is your birth experience, and we want you to be comfortable. Feel free to bring labor support tools, your own birth gown, music players, essential oils and diffusers for aromatherapy, pillows, blankets, etc.

    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 Birth

    Note: See restrictions on visitors during coronavirus pandemic.

    Texas Health HEB takes a family-centered approach to childbirth. We encourage the full participation of your designated support person.

    Visitors During Labor

    The entrance to the Siratt Women’s Center is kept under constant video surveillance. For the security of patients and hospital personnel, we ask that families observe the following rules:

    • Upon entering the center lobby, visitors must use the phone provided to call in and request further access to the Labor and Delivery unit
    • 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 in Labor and Delivery
    • We ask all visitors to wait in the waiting room when not in the room with the patient

    If You Want Visitors Limited

    The unit is locked and visitors must be buzzed in. Tell your nurse if you would like to limit visitors to your room.

    Waiting Lounges

    Family and friends may visit during the labor and delivery process. There is a waiting area located in the lobby of the Siratt Women’s Center that has a TV, coffee station, comfortable seating, vending machines, free internet access and phone charging stations.

  • 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 HEB

    If you find that you want additional pain management during labor, the options available at Texas Health HEB include:

    • IV medication
    • Epidurals
    • Nitrous Oxide

    The nurses may also assist with additional pain relief methods such as massage, changing positions, breathing, etc.

    Learn more about pain management options.

    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 can be hired sometime during the pregnancy.

  • Scheduled Cesarean Births
    Scheduled Cesarean Births

    If you are having a scheduled induction or C-section at Texas Health HEB, please do not eat or drink at least eight hours before the procedure or the cesarean may be rescheduled, possibly to another day. After check-in, you will be prepared for surgery for approximately two hours prior to the procedure. Visitors are allowed; however, you will be occupied while tests are conducted during this time. Adult visitors may be in the operating room for the surgery itself, barring any safety concerns.

    Gentle Cesarean Birth

    For expectant moms who need a C-section, 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.

    What to Expect During and After

    Typically, you will be in the operating room for about one hour. After the surgery you will be moved to a recovery room with your baby and support person. You will remain in recovery for approximately two hours. If there are no safety concerns, you will have skin-to-skin time with your newborn to establish the first feeding.

  • After Your Birth
    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.

    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

    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.

    Transition to Mother and Baby Care

    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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  • 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 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 HEB. 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.

  • 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

    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 and Quiet Time
    Visiting Hours

    Visiting hours are open. However, visitors who arrive after 9 p.m. should enter the hospital through the Emergency Room entrance rather than through the entrance to the Siratt Women’s Center.

    Quiet Time is from 1 to 4 p.m.

    Texas Health HEB has Quiet Time daily from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Quiet Time allows parents to bond and rest with their newborns without outside visitor interactions. During this time, there will not be unnecessary interruptions by personnel; however, nurses and physicians will still enter as needed.

  • Your Hospital Room
    Your Mother and Baby Room

    The 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
  • 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. Room service dining is available from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week. There is on-campus dining as well.

    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.

    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.

  • 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.

  • Before Your 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
    • 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 wheelchair to take you to your car

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  • Spacious Accommodations
    Location

    Throughout the birthing process, you will stay in the Siratt Women’s Center located on the first floor of the main hospital. Moms arriving during daytime hours (7 a.m. to 9 p.m.) should park near the Siratt Women’s Center entrance. If arriving at night (9 p.m. to 7 a.m.), you should park and enter at the Emergency Room entrance.

    What’s in Your Room

    The Center for Women 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

    Visiting hours are open. However, visitors who arrive after 9 p.m. should enter the hospital through the Emergency Room entrance, rather than through the entrance to the Siratt Women’s Center.

  • 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
  • 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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