Family Birth Center
Women's Memorial Hermann at Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital is an extraordinary facility designed to serve the unique healthcare needs of women and babies in a caring, compassionate environment.
The quality of your childbirth experience matters to us. Our top priority is the safety and wellbeing of mom and baby. That is why we have put numerous mechanisms in place to ensure our patients receive the very best care. In addition to our Level III Neonatal ICU, we also offer in-house, affiliated OB/GYN and Pediatric physician coverage in preparation for any possibility, just in case.
OB Emergency Center
The OB Emergency Center is located at the front of the Family Birth Center, where registration and pre-registration take place. The affiliated OB/GYN hospitalists - fully selected and approved by the OB Hospitalist Group (OBHG) in collaboration with Women's Memorial Hermann - provide an added measure of care in our OB Emergency Center to support and back up our affiliated OB/GYN staff. No one knows more about you and your baby than your own doctor. You should always check with him or her first before seeking care at the hospital.
In the event your physician needs assistance or backup, one of the OB/GYN hospitalists can examine you, evaluate the progress of your labor, monitor the baby's heart rate and review test results. These hospitalists are board-certified OB/GYNs, trained in routine and emergent obstetrical care. They are available to care for moms-to-be onsite at our hospital 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
If your situation is deemed an emergency, rest assured you will receive the necessary and appropriate care. The affiliated OB/GYN hospitalists will coordinate care and communicate all results to your regular OB/GYN to ensure the best possible outcomes for you and your baby.
If you are experiencing a true emergency, please call 9-1-1 and go to the nearest emergency center.
The Family Birth Center and Pediatric Services staff strives to:
- Be known in the community for providing a lifetime of compassionate quality health care to all those we serve by offering a continuum of integrated services that will enhance the health status and meet the growing needs of our community.
- Provide quality nursing care, flexibility in the care of our families and superior educational programs.
- Maintain the highest level of professional standards of practice which respect the cultural diversities and experiences of individual families and each other.
Video from BIOVIDEO
Now available at All Memorial Hermann Hospitals
Your BIOVIDEO is a breathtaking movie of your pregnancy and your baby's first days of life. Offered in partnership with Memorial Hermann, by request, BIOVIDEO 's staff of trained videographers will take care of filming the most heartwarming moments of baby's first days in the hospital, so you can relax, confident that your priceless memories will be captured and saved, ready to share with loved ones everywhere. You will be able to see and share your BIOVIDEO before leaving the hospital. And it's completely free for a period of time.
To participate, we suggest you register early so you can capture priceless memories by uploading photos during your pregnancy, leading up to delivery day, and on delivery day to be included in the video.
Our philosophy of care
- Family memories begin here.
- Women's health care needs are unique and change throughout her lifetime.
- Family-centered care is the focus of our philosophy.
- By educating ourselves and our patients, we promote women's health and wellness.
- Care is individualized to meet the unique cultural, spiritual, emotional and physical needs of the mother, infant and family.
- Competent and compassionate health care team members support the family by:
- Recognizing birth to be a unique, individualized, natural process
- Recognizing that open communication between health care team members is critical
- Committing to assist, counsel and care for expectant mothers, fathers and their families and to share with them the wonder of the birthing process
- Providing a professional team of nurses who have continuous accountability for the family from admission to discharge, through labor, delivery and the postpartum recovery of the family
- Women and their families need special and skillful encouragement throughout their whole life.
- We are dedicated to the highest standards of moral, ethical and professional conduct.
The Family Birth Center and Your Growing Family
We take the health of women in our community seriously and are strongly committed to providing the highest level of excellence in health care to women of all ages. Whatever stage of life you are in, we are working hard to provide the services you need.
Patient- and Family Centered Care
The birth of your baby represents the birth of a family as well. Your choice of where to deliver your baby is an important one. At the Family Birth Center, we recognize that this exciting time is filled with great expectations and many questions. We are dedicated to meeting your expectations with our state-of-the-art facilities and our experienced and committed staff.
Our Patient- and Family Centered Care philosophy recognizes the importance of the new relationships and responsibilities that come with having a child. The goal is to obtain the best possible healthy outcomes for all members of the family.
Through Mother-Baby care, you and your baby will be cared for by the same nurse in the comfort and convenience of your own room. Our top-notch nursing staff is NRP (neonatal resuscitation provider)-certified and provide personalized care for your baby at your bedside. Mother-Baby nursing promotes bonding and attachment between mother and baby by offering the education and support your family needs to welcome the new baby into your lives and routines. As a result, baby is happy, and you, the new family, leave the hospital more confident in your parenting and infant care skills.
Single Room Maternity Care
Families and new moms feel at home in our comfortable, spacious birthing suites. Following an uncomplicated pregnancy, your LDRP (labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum) suite becomes a private room designed to provide a nurturing and supportive environment for you, your baby and your family. Medically and technologically, the suites are also state-of-the art and highly equipped. Our Infant Security System provides added protection and safety for our patients and families.
The Golden Hour
Sharing the first hour of your baby's life will create memories that last a lifetime. The best place for your baby to be for this first hour is in your arms, close to your heart! These precious moments should be treasured, for this is truly “The Golden Hour.” As you gaze into each other's eyes, hold, touch and talk to your new baby, your heart will be filled with love and joy as you experience a beautiful beginning of this lifelong bond.
This Golden Hour should be spent holding skin to skin. All babies and mothers benefit from skin to skin care. It is so important that we want to do everything we can to provide you with the opportunity of sharing this special time with your newborn together as a new family in our Family Birth Center.
Exceptional Services from An Exceptional Facility
The Family Birth Center includes 34 state-of-the-art, private LDRP (labor, delivery, recovery, postpartum) rooms. In addition to superior quality clinical equipment, each room is equipped with a refrigerator, sleeper sofas, adjustable lighting, TV/DVD/CD electronic system and an Internet connection. We also offer an “online nursery.” With your permission, a professional photographer will photograph your beautiful bundle, and the photo will be posted on our secure Web site, where you can direct family and friends. To learn more about these services, call 713-897-2380
In the event that you have a high-risk pregnancy and need to be hospitalized for an extended period of time before you baby is born, we also provide specialized high-risk antepartum care. The staff of this 12-bed unit is trained to care for your needs and support you through any unexpected turn of events. They also help prepare you for the upcoming delivery of your child, so that you and your baby will achieve a healthy outcome.
To help make your childbirth experience as comfortable as possible, the Family Birth Center offers a full range of pain management options. Our healing environment includes an Early Labor Lounge, hydrotherapy spas, and a spacious Family Lounge with dining area to further enhance our home-like atmosphere. 24-hour epidural anesthesia is also available.
Childbirth & Pre-Registration
Thank you for choosing Memorial Hermann The Woodlands, pre-registration for childbirth is one of the best ways to prepare to welcome your newest family addition.
When visiting the hospital for appointments, scheduled tests or delivery, please bring your insurance card and identification.
Before 28 weeks of pregnancy, use our Online Pre-Registration Tool .
Once you have pre-registered using our online tool, you should also complete the following by the seventh month of pregnancy:
- Complete and sign Consent Forms in person in the Business Office.
- Be sure to discuss your childbirth and anesthesia options with your doctor well before delivery.
- If you are scheduled for a c-section, you must have your lab work done prior to your procedure. The pre-admission lab is located in the Star Lobby at our entrance off Medical Plaza Drive. For questions, please call (713) 897-5780
For more detailed information as well as printable forms and related information please view Childbirth & Registration.
Learn More About Postpartum Care
To help you be better prepared for what to expect, Women's Memorial Hermann offers you a free booklet via download of A New Beginning, Your Personal Guide to Postpartum Care available anytime throughout your pregnancy or after. This booklet will help you understand how to care for yourself and your baby after birth. The more knowledge you have, the more likely you will approach your personal journey with confidence and a positive perspective. Topics include:
- Caring for Yourself Postpartum
- Changes After Birth
- Feeding Your Newborn
- Caring for Your Newborn
- Immunization Schedule
- Safe Sleeping Environment
- And More
Postpartum Depression/Mood Disorders Resources