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Virtual Maternity Tour at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth

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Published on Sep 15, 2011

Welcome to Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth.

You're in good company. More than 3,000 babies are born here every year.
"It is because of the true quality care," says Amy Hailey, Director of Women & Infants Health at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth.

"The emphasis on patient safety and quality; the teamwork that we provide for any type of patient, whether she be high risk, low risk, high risk baby, normal newborn, I feel that myself and my staff come to work every day to do the best that we can do to give high quality care to our patients."

When you arrive, you may choose to use valet parking, or self-park.

Enter the facility through the main hospital entrance and continue down the corridor toward the Bloxom Tower. Maternal Observation is located on the first floor of the Bloxom Tower.

"It's not uncommon for moms to make several trips to the maternal observation unit, especially first time moms, not knowing what to expect, not clearly knowing what changes are going on in the body," says Becky Law, the hospital's Manager of Lactation & Childbirth Education.

"Once it's determined that she's in true labor, she will be transferred to the labor and delivery suites and then she will have one-on-one care with the nurse there."

The Labor and Delivery suites have been designed to keep you comfortable. The room is equipped with all the clinical tools necessary for your delivery. And you'll find a nursing staff that understands your needs.

"We have the high-risk doctors who are specially trained in caring for the high risk moms," says Hailey, "and they bring in the maternal transfers which gives the nurses even more experience in caring for the high risk which increases their skills."

"To add to that we have the neonatal specialists," she says, "the neonatologists that do the same for the babies, so they're here 24-7 and the patients have that security to know that if they deliver in the middle of the night or on the weekend, that those high-risk doctors are here to take care of their baby should it need to go to the neonatal ICU."

Texas Health Fort Worth offers family-centered maternity care with a commitment to providing a personalized experience for the birth of your child.

"Our mid-wife group has introduced water births and they have been sought out from all over Dallas and Fort Worth for moms that are desiring that type of birth so they are coming to the mid-wives to deliver here," Hailey says.

"I've had a great experience with my daughter who's 8," says maternity patient Lacey O'Neal. "And we had a good pregnancy and a good delivery here, and now that we're having the twins this is where the doctor that I chose, this is where he delivers, and I also like that they have a great NICU if we need that for having a multiple birth and also that it's connected to Cooks so we have all the resources we need."

After your delivery, you will be moved into a private postpartum room. Texas Health Fort Worth encourages "rooming in," a best-practice where both you and baby room together.

"It's a benefit to mom and baby because mom can keep her baby with her most of the time during her stay," says Kimberly Williams, R.N, Mother/Baby Nurse Manager. "It brings the nurse to the bedside, where if something is going on with the baby she can recognize that, and also point things out to mom, speedily rather than being in the nursery."

Texas Health Fort Worth was the first hospital in Fort Worth to be named "Baby Friendly," a designation given by the World Health Organization to hospitals that offer an optimal level of care for lactation.

"We're very lucky here at Texas Health Fort Worth that we have lactation consultants on staff seven days a week," says Law. "Each mom will be visited by a lactation consultant while she's here."

The boutique in the Breast Feeding Resource Center is equipped with breastfeeding essentials including pumps, nursing bras and other supplies.

And a lactation consultant is available to assist you even after you leave the hospital.

"We definitely have the history of delivering over 300,000 babies and feel that we do a great job at that," says Hailey.

You can register for Oh Baby!, a free weekly email full of information, news and resources for expecting and new parents.

To do this, and for more information about our women's services, visit Texas Health.org/Fort Worth.

Texas Health Resources
1-877-THR-WELL
www.TexasHealth.org

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