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Labor and Delivery

Deciding where to bring their babies into the world is one of the most important decisions a woman can make. At UT Southwestern, we understand that new mothers want their childbirth experience to be memorable and as safe as possible.

When women choose UT Southwestern for labor and delivery, we understand the trust they have placed in us. We’re committed to providing the highest quality services and medical care for patients and their families during this memorable time in their lives.

At UT Southwestern Medical Center, our obstetricians, labor and delivery nurses, and maternity nurses are dedicated to providing the best possible birth experience for women and families. With advanced training and years of experience, we provide compassionate care for mothers, babies, and their families throughout labor and delivery.

Our Labor and Delivery Services

Our goal is to tailor the birth experience to each family’s needs and preferences, and make the experience as special as their newborn child. The private labor and delivery suites and postpartum rooms combine modern technology with a warm, homelike environment. With a room service menu of chef-prepared dishes, patients can order meals that are delivered directly to their rooms. 

Our experienced nurses help make the labor, delivery, and postpartum experience safe and comfortable for mother and baby. Patients also have access to lactation consultants for breastfeeding support.

For newborns who need specialized care, UT Southwestern offers the highest levels of care for critically ill babies. Our Level IIIB neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital is staffed by pediatric neonatologists and neonatal nurse practitioners. A Level IV NICU at nearby Children’s Health cares for newborns who require surgery soon after birth.

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Texas Ten Step Program

UT Southwestern is part of the Texas Ten Step Program, which involves a highly compassionate approach to promoting, supporting, and protecting breastfeeding. Our team at William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital includes International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC) available seven days a week. Our Women’s Resource Center provides ongoing breastfeeding support and education.

What to Expect

During Labor

We provide a range of flexible birthing options. A staff doctor and a midwife are available 24/7. Anesthesiologists and certified registered nurse anesthetists are also available 24/7 to provide an epidural as soon as it is requested. For moms interested in natural birth, we provide several options, such as labor (birthing) balls and aromatherapy.

All labor and delivery rooms are private suites, with extra room and comfortable sleeping accommodations for family members. All patient rooms include an in-room stereo system that can play music from any mobile device and extra charging stations for electronic devices.

After Delivery

New mothers stay in their labor and delivery suite for two hours after having their babies. Newborns stay with their mothers during this time, with skin-to-skin contact for optimal bonding. Women start breastfeeding, and our nurses will take footprints of each baby. Each mother and baby receives identification bands. Visitors are welcome after the delivery.

During Recovery

Our nurses transition mothers and their newborns to postpartum rooms for rest and recovery. Obstetricians and maternity nurses monitor mothers and babies, and the rooms provide space for a visitor to stay overnight.

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