You may already know how you want your baby’s birth to happen. 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
We recommend pre-registering for your hospital admission during your fourth month of pregnancy. Please call 817-779-5781 to pre-register for your hospital admission.
Arriving for Your Birth
Where to Park
Labor and Delivery is located on the fourth floor. Moms arriving for labor during daytime hours (5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.) should park near the main entrance of the hospital. When arriving at night (9 p.m. to 5:30 a.m.), you should park and enter through the Emergency Department.
Where to Check-In
Families should check in at the front lobby between 5:30 a.m. and 9 p.m., and the Emergency Department between 9 p.m. and 5:30 a.m.
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.
Paperwork at Check-In
Even if you have pre-registered, you will need to check in at the front lobby (5:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.) or Emergency Department (9 p.m. – 5:30 a.m.). After completing some paperwork, a lead nurse will direct you to the appropriate location.
Your Labor and Delivery Room
We are here to help you have the birth experience that best fits your wishes and needs.
Your Labor Room
Our modern and spacious maternity suites provide a private and comforting environment for you and your family. Each room has large windows that offer natural light and serene views, and include:
- 60-inch flat screen TV
- Heated massage recliner
- Private bathroom with shower
- Bedside tablet available to control room temperature, window shades, listen to Spotify and watch Netflix (for current account holders), and communicate with staff
Labor Support Tools
Texas Health Mansfield has birthing balls, wireless fetal monitors and essential oil diffusers. When you arrive at Labor and Delivery, please notify your nurse if you would like to use any labor support tools. You may also bring your own labor support tools such as a birth gown, music player, blankets, pillows, etc. to help you feel more comfortable.
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 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
Due to COVID-19, visitation guidelines may have changed. Please refer to the COVID-19 visitor policy.
Our family-centered approach to maternity care embraces the important role of the whole family — mother, father, siblings and grandparents — in the birth of your child.
Visitors During Labor
Our flexible visitation policy allows you to determine who visits and when. You may decide who you want to be present for the birth, although we request that an adult other than your support person accompany any children.
Visitors During the Birth
For the security of patients and staff, be mindful of the following guidelines:
- You may determine who may be present during your vaginal birth.
- Only one visitor may be in the operating room during a cesarean.
- All visiting siblings and other children must be accompanied by an adult other than the patient in labor.
If You Want Visitors Limited
Tell your nurse if you would like to limit the visitors in your room.
Women’s Services Lounge
There is a spacious waiting area with comfortable seating located on the fourth floor near Labor and Delivery. The lounge is equipped with a coffee and water station plus an ice machine.
Additional refreshments and snacks are available on first floor of hospital.
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 Mansfield
If you find that you want additional pain management during labor, the options available at Texas Health Mansfield include:
- IV medication
Learn more about Labor and Delivery Pain Management Options.
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.
Before Your Birth
If you are having a scheduled cesarean at Texas Health Mansfield, 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 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 wheeled to the operating room and your partner will meet you there.
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 medical provider and any nurses or 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 physician or hospital staff.
- Only hand-held devices are allowed in Labor and Delivery (no tripods).
Please note that the physician or nurse may require the individual to stop photographing or videotaping at any time.
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.
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
We encourage you to select a pediatrician before your birth. 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.
You and your baby will remain in your Labor and Delivery suite 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 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 Mansfield. 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. 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
- 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 Mansfield 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. If you have a cesarean, a support person will need to stay with you for the first 24 hours to help care for the baby.
Room Service Dining
We offer complimentary room service dining for you – and for an additional charge – to a support person during your hospital stay.
The hospital cafeteria, which features indoor and outdoor seating, is available daily from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. In addition there is a coffee shop (7 a.m. to 2 p.m.) and 24/7 micro mart, with a single serve salad maker, available for guests.
Take Home Meal
To make the transition from hospital to home a little easier on parents, Texas Health Mansfield provides a take-home meal to families on your discharge day.
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. Certified lactation consultants are also available 7 days a week to provide one-on-one assistance in the privacy of your room.
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)
- Your prescriptions have been 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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