When It's Time: Going to the Hospital
When your labor begins, follow your physician's instructions
regarding when to go to the hospital. In an emergency, please
proceed to the emergency room entrance.
The birth process - labor, delivery and recovery - takes place in
one of our uniquely designed and soothing private maternity
suites located in the Helen McKee Ryan Birthing Center. The
Birthing Center also houses three Cesarean birth suites, and an
anesthesiologist on the medical staff is in the Labor and
Delivery area 24 hours a day.
Complimentary valet parking is available for moms arriving for
- Main hospital entrance, on the corner of Cannon and 5th
- Hours: 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday
- To have your parking validated, be sure to bring your ticket
If you arrive at the hospital after 7 p.m. or prefer to
self-park, you can use the main hospital parking garage located
on Cooper Street in front of the Bloxom Tower.
Friends or family members planning to visit may use valet parking
or the garage. Garage rates are $1 per hour, with a maximum daily
charge of $5.
Valet parking is $5 per visit or complimentary with a
state-issued handicap placard or license plate. If you use valet
parking and need to retrieve your vehicle after hours, call
817-250-5950, and Security will escort you to your vehicle.
A Personalized Experience
At Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth, our
family-centered maternity care philosophy embraces the important
role of the whole family - mother, father, siblings and
grandparents - in the birth of your child.
If you so desire, grandparents and your children are welcome to
be present during your labor. Please make sure that an adult
other than your support person accompanies any children. To
record this special occasion, cameras and video recorders are
allowed with your doctor's approval. We request that you ask
staff for their individual consent to be included in your taping.
The Helen McKee Ryan Birthing Center features 18 uniquely
designed and soothing private maternity suites, as well as three
cesarean birth suites. Hydrotherapy (laboring in water) and
waterbirth, assisted by a certified nurse-midwife, is available
for appropriate patients.
When your baby arrives, you are welcome to share your baby with
family and friends at your convenience. Our flexible visitation
policy means that it's up to you who visits and when. During your
recovery, you and your baby will move to the Maternal-Newborn
Unit where you will experience personalized care by a nurse who
cares for both you and your baby.
On the Maternal-Newborn Unit, you and your baby may share a room.
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. We
also offer a nursery for times when separation is necessary or
Building Your Bond
From the moment you arrive at The Center for Women and Infants at
Texas Health Fort Worth, you will be in contact with caregivers
trained in Brazelton Touchpoints. For you as a new parent, this
means that staff members will work with you and empower you to
maintain your child's health and the health of your family.
Even before your child's birth, you are an expert on their
behavior. Think about it. You know their activity level. You know
how they respond to noise and touch. You know their movements.
Our staff members have received specialized training in child
development and will support you in taking advantage of the
wisdom you already have about your child. Caregivers will help
you during your child's first days to recognize your baby's
individual strengths and cues. Our commitment to the Touchpoints
values, principles and practices enhances our ability to help you
bond with your newborn.