COVID-19 and Pregnancy - An Update for our Patients
We would like to take this opportunity to update you about your maternity care during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and assure you that our dedicated team of expert nurses, physicians and midwives are committed to providing safe and effective care to every patient who walks through our doors.
We understand the decision to have a baby is one of the biggest decisions you will ever make. Once you are pregnant, you are faced with another major decision — where to give birth. It is important to select a hospital where you feel comfortable and where you have options.
Delivering at HCA Houston Conroe
At HCA Houston Healthcare Conroe, our women’s center team is very adept at anticipating and acting on your needs so you can stay focused on the task at hand. You will have your own private suite for labor, delivery and recovery. All birthing suites are equipped with everything you need for a safe and healthy delivery.
We offer the latest, most effective labor techniques to promote relaxation, including:
- Comfortable rocking chairs
- Birthing balls
- Nitrous Oxide for pain management
- A safe and controlled environment for walking
Nitrous oxide for pain relief during labor
Nitrous oxide, more commonly known as “laughing gas,” is a colorless, odorless gas that can be used to provide pain relief for laboring mothers. When used in a labor setting, the concentration is much lower than in other settings, like at the dentist. The mix is 50 percent nitrous gas and 50 percent oxygen.
If one of our laboring mothers has decided to use nitrous oxide, she will be in control of how much gas she uses and when she uses it, as you hold your own mask.
Customized birthing experience
We put your wellbeing and safety first, while supporting your preferences. How do you envision your baby’s birth? Maybe it is an unmedicated delivery with the help of your partner, or maybe it is using nitrous oxide to relax, or even an epidural to numb the pain. We are here to make sure that you have access to the resources you need during labor and delivery, close to home in Conroe. Should a cesarean birth be necessary, we have two operating rooms inside our labor and delivery unit.
HCA Conroe is proud to offer a serene Low Risk Birth room that includes:
- Queen size adjustable bed for comfort and family accommodation
- Large labor pool for labor pain management
- TV with DVDs for comforting scenery, Bluetooth speaker for music, and aromatherapy available
In addition, HCA Houston Conroe offers a comprehensive labor and delivery unit. Our nursing staff are certified in fetal monitoring, neonatal resuscitation, and Advanced Cardiac Life Support. You and your baby will receive expert care here, and should the need arise, the neonatology team in our neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) are standing by 24 hours a day to take care of premature or ill newborns. Our nursing and medical staff are dedicated to creating the safest, most meaningful experience for every family.
Pre-registration for delivery of your baby should begin around 28 weeks of pregnancy. For pre-registration questions, please call (936) 539-7402.
Bonding and postpartum care
Your baby will be most alert the first hour after birth, so our nurses encourage skin-on-skin contact, bonding and cuddling, as well as help establish breastfeeding, during this time. We will also provide your partner with an identification bracelet, which allows visitation anytime with you and your baby.
Shortly after birth, we will attach a security device to your baby’s ankle to assure your baby’s identification and safety. The device will alert staff if someone attempts to leave the postpartum unit with your baby. Alarms will sound, the doors lock down and your baby’s location is sent to staff, so they can respond quickly. Approximately two hours after your delivery, you and your family will be transferred to one of private postpartum rooms, where you can continue to bond with your newborn.
Pregnancy and L&D services
HCA Houston Conroe provides a range of services to help women prepare for childbirth, motherhood, and recovery.
HCA Healthcare Conroe has contracted with Mom 365—a photography company we trust—to take photos of your newborn baby in the hospital and/or nursery. A Mom 365 representative may reach out to you, but you are not obligated to purchase any photos. Upon your approval, the representative will upload your baby’s photos to an online gallery.
Breastfeeding support and lactation consultants
HCA Houston Conroe is a Baby-Friendly and Texas Ten Step Program facility, a designation by Baby-Friendly, USA and the Department of State Health Services, in partnership with the Texas Hospital Association. The program encourages breastfeeding as the preferred method of feeding for newborns—something that doesn’t always come easily. That’s why we have international board-certified lactation consultants on-site for your convenience, who offer one-on-one consultations.
Your lactation consultant will help you and your baby be successful at breastfeeding by dealing with issues, such as latching on and refusal to nurse. She will also explain how to prevent sore nipples and how to manage engorgement. Additionally, we offer a two-hour breastfeeding class, outpatient consultations, and a breastfeeding support group.
Prenatal and postpartum physical therapy
Our Physical Therapy department has licensed female therapists to help you through various ailments during pregnancy, including pain occurring in the back, hip, tailbone and groin. Physical therapy may include myofascial release, massage, gentle stretching, pain management and more.
Outpatient physical therapy services are available by appointment. Please call (936) 538-2800.
L&D education and classes
HCA Houston Conroe will help you prepare for the physical and psychological changes associated with pregnancy, birth, and parenting. Advanced registration is required, so please visit our classes and events page to reserve a spot for you and your support person or call (888) 624-9420.
- 1 day express and 4 week series Prepared Childbirth
- Breastfeeding Basics and Beyond
- Newborn Care
- Understanding Pregnancy
- Silly Siblings
- Safe Sitter
- Friends and Family CPR
To schedule a personal tour of our birthing rooms and mother-baby unit, as well as receive information about what services are available for mother and baby, please call (936) 538-2586.
Labor and delivery at HCA Houston Healthcare
Just as every baby is unique, so is every delivery. As your partner in care, we provide a customized birthing experience that begins long before your first contraction and continues well after delivery.Learn about Labor and delivery