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The Center for Women & Infants

Labor & Delivery

Our beautifully appointed Labor & Delivery rooms provide a hotel-like experience for mother and family to spend the hours before, during, and after delivery. Labor & Delivery is staffed with a highly-skilled team of RNs, surgical technicians, and in-house physicians who are on site 24/7 to provide around-the-clock care.

Mother-Baby Unit

Comprised of 30 private rooms, this unit is the ideal place to begin life with your new baby. Located within this unit is our nursery, which is always available should you need to rest any time during your recovery.

High-Risk and Complex Pregnancies

We are proud to offer the services of Dr. James Maher and the Maternal-Fetal Medicine Center. Dr. Maher has over 25 years of experience specializing in complicated pregnancies and provides the highest prenatal care and testing available in our area.

Ronald McDonald Family Room

The Ronald McDonald Family Room acts as a home-away-from-home for immediate family members should the baby require a longer than expected stay. To learn more about this service, call (432) 640-3090.

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Our goal is to provide an immediate response to virtually any neonatal emergency. This is why we’ve designated specially trained neonatologists, registered nurses, and therapists to staff our 30-room Level-III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). The CWI NICU is the regional referral center for neonatal consultation and care of high-risk newborns from throughout the Permian Basin.

All NICU rooms are private, which promotes better bonding between parents and baby. Private rooms can also improve development, healing, and growth for our most fragile newborns. Visitation is allowed 24 hours a day for parents and grandparents who are encouraged to visit as often as possible.

General Info

Preregistration

We highly recommend every new patient to pre-register with the Center for Women & Infants before delivery day. Pre-registering ahead of time not only prepares our staff for your arrival, but it will also help you plan for the big day and can even give you peace of mind in knowing that this important part of your admission is already taken care of.

Click here if you would like to pre-register now.

Upon Your Arrival – Admissions

The Center for Women & Infants’ exclusive entrance is located on the east side of Medical Center Hospital. You can enter the facility using the circular drive, which leads up to the front doors at our main entrance, or park at the lot located directly in front of the center and walk in from there.

Labor & Delivery is located on the 4th floor. Our staff members will greet you there, and the admitting process will begin. Any admission for consent forms not provided during pre-registration will be completed at this time. This is also the time to provide special instructions, ask questions, and discuss pain management options with your caregivers.

Emergency Admissions

If you feel you are in labor or are experiencing any unusual bleeding or pain, please make sure to reach out to your healthcare provider for instructions or assistance. The Center for Women and Infants is open 24/7 for emergency needs, along with the Emergency Room at Medical Center Hospital.

The Delivery Experience

MCH has developed an extensive medical library that you can use to research the entire delivery experience. To access this helpful information, or to find out more about pregnancy and what to expect during labor and delivery, click here.

Mother-Baby Couplet Care

Within 2 hours after birth, the healthy mother and baby are transferred together to a postpartum room down the hall from the L&D rooms. Mother and baby continue to receive care from one of the couplet care nurses who are trained in the care of both mothers and babies.

We believe families belong together for support and assistance. With Mother-Baby Couplet Care, we can ensure better communication between the nurse, physician, and family. We are here for one purpose – to help you and your new baby adjust and prepare for the weeks and months ahead. Your baby will stay in your room with you so you can learn to recognize your baby’s subtle cues. A support person of your choice is encouraged to remain with you throughout your stay. Remember, the nursing staff is here to assist you with your care and your baby’s care. Physicians make rounds and examine babies at the mother’s bedside so you can learn about your baby and ask questions.

There are no hospital imposed visiting hours in the couplet care unit. However, we do encourage limiting visitors to two or three at any given time.

Visiting Guidelines During Labor

You may find your labor less stressful with the comfort and encouragement of friends and family. However, we may request that your visitors wait in the waiting area depending on your stage of labor and comfort level.

When Your Miracle Arrives

The moments after childbirth are extraordinary and wonderful. It is an important time for mother, father, and baby to recover and begin bonding together. The first hour after childbirth is also an ideal time to begin nursing if you plan on breastfeeding your baby.

The First Days with Your Miracle

The first days after your delivery will be spent in one of our private Mother-Baby rooms. You may choose to keep your baby with you the entire time, or you may allow your baby to stay in our nursery if you feel like you need some time to rest. The choice is yours.

Pain Relief Options

Every labor is unique, and every woman experiences discomfort in a different way. It’s important for you to be aware of all your pain management options before you go into labor and discuss these with your nurse and physician upon your admission to the Center for Women & Infants.

Tobacco-Free Campus

For the protection of you and your new baby, the Center for Women & Infants is designated as a tobacco-free campus, and the use of tobacco products on MCH properties is prohibited.

Take a Tour

Photo Tour

Explore the beautiful architecture and interior design of the Center for Women & Infants through our photo gallery. From our private Mother-Baby Rooms to the only Ronald McDonald Family Room in the Permian Basin, look inside the most advanced maternity center in the region.

No appointments are needed. All you need to do is come by the Center for Women & Infants and request a tour or call us at (432) 640-6000 for details and information.

To find the MCH Center for Women & Infants see the MCH Campus Map.

We also recommend that you pick up a Prenatal Packet from our staff members during your tour. You can also request a Prenatal Packet during one of your check-ups at your physician’s office. This helpful packet contains information you’ll need to prepare for your delivery and is an excellent resource for planning your admission to the Center for Women & Infants.

Baby Steps Tours

One of the most important things to do before your delivery date is to take a Baby Steps Tour at the new Center for Women & Infants. Baby Steps Tours give you a chance to become familiar with our amenities and services, ask important questions and get to know our staff before your baby’s arrival.

We have moved to a virtual platform for our Baby Steps Tours. Melanie Conant, our Labor and Delivery and Postpartum Director, will walk you step-by-step through our Center for Women and Infants to show you what to expect as you arrive. Please know our facility is being safe, and we have your comfort in mind.

Patients are not required to be tested for COVID-19 unless their provider requires it.

Center for Women & Infants Video Tour

Take a sneak peek of The Center for Women & Infants in this video tour. You’ll see our all-private NICU rooms, our beautifully appointed labor and delivery rooms, and much more. Start your journey here, and then join us for a Baby Steps Tour.

Baby Café – Breastfeeding Drop-in Center

Breastfeeding is the best nutrition for newborn babies, it promotes bonding, and even helps mother and baby stay healthier long after pregnancy. Now there’s a new place specially designed for breastfeeding mothers just like you.

The Baby Café offers:

  • A friendly, private environment
  • Free breastfeeding education
  • Certified Lactation Consultants
  • One-on-one consultations

No appointments are needed, and all consultations and services are provided free of charge to pregnant and nursing mothers. Join us Every Wednesday, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm in the Center for Women & Infants Classroom at 500 West 4th Street.

Center for Women & Infants Web Nursery

Being able to share the news about your newborn baby is one of those priceless moments every new parent cherishes. Now you can share baby’s first photos through the Center for Women & Infants’ Web Nursery and spread the news faster than you ever imagined. For a preview, click here, select a birth date, and see photos of our most recent little arrivals!

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