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.
The Women & Children’s Center at HCA Houston Healthcare Kingwood welcomes almost 3,000 babies into the world each year. We offer compassionate, quality healthcare during pregnancy with a comprehensive program under one roof that includes:
- Prevention (avoiding complications for mother and baby) through expert prenatal and high-risk pregnancy care
- Diagnosis and treatment of any issues that arise
- Education, including on-site parenting and childbirth classes
- Support programs for individuals and families
Exceptional maternity care in Kingwood
We are dedicated to making your baby’s birth an amazing beginning for you and your family. We know that today’s mother has definite wishes about her birthing experience and it is our goal to fulfill those wishes.
From routine to high-risk pregnancies, we have the technology and medical expertise to provide you with exceptional care. Our staff includes:
- Board-certified obstetricians
- Maternal-fetal subspecialists
- Nurses experienced in labor and delivery, baby care, postpartum care and breastfeeding
- Obstetrical emergency department
The Obstetrical Emergency Department is located at the Women & Children's Center houses an in-hospital OB/GYN 24/7 (or OB Hospitalist). This physician evaluates women with obstetric issues, consults with the patient's primary physician or OB/GYN, and is ready for any obstetric emergency that might arise.
Proper prenatal care is vital during your pregnancy. Regular visits with your obstetrician or OB/GYN ensure both you and your baby are developing properly, allow your doctor to track your baby’s health and help you prepare for childbirth.
We also care for women with high-risk conditions such as, multiple pregnancy, pre-term labor, preeclampsia, diabetes, and more.
Labor and delivery experience
We respect your birth plan, whether you want natural birth or an epidural, want to try a vaginal delivery even though you’ve had a cesarean before, or want to try a birthing ball, various birthing positions or massage techniques. You are welcome to bring a doula with you, though our labor and delivery nurses are trained in many of the same techniques.
Our delivery rooms are designed to feel as much like home as possible, while providing access to state-of-the-art equipment if needed. You choose whether to keep your baby in your room, or get some rest after a long labor and let your baby sleep in the newborn nursery.
Schedule a guided tour of our labor and delivery unit, our nurseries and our postpartum units by calling (800) 258-5064.
Should the need arise, we have NICUs Level II (intermediate care) and Level III (intensive care) for babies who are born prematurely or are sick. Both levels support your baby’s growth and development in a safe, caring environment. Our neonatologists, neonatal nurse practitioners, and specially trained registered nurses monitor and care for each baby in the unit, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
In addition, we provide emergency transport services by air or by ground to our hospital or to a more advanced NICU if needed.
Mother/newborn couplet care
We understand the importance of mothers and their newborns bonding immediately, so we offer couplet care to encourage mother-baby bonding after delivery, including during the critical ‘golden hour’ — even for those born by cesarean section.
With couplet care, both mother and baby are cared for by the same nursing team in order to provide cohesive healthy support in a secure, caring environment. Your baby is able to stay in your room at all times, even while examinations are performed, to help you learn to care for your baby and nurture bonding.
Safety and security of newborns is our top concern. Our newborn nursery is on the same floor as our postpartum unit (where you will be recovering) and no baby can leave that floor without our security system alerting staff.
We also use additional safety measures, such as specific employee badges and color-coded uniforms, that let us know which staff members have permission to transport infants.
Our postpartum team cares for moms and their babies after delivery. These professionals are dedicated to creating an ideal experience for every new mother. Our staff is there to satisfy your wishes and needs while monitoring your recovery.
After delivery, you’ll be paired with your postpartum nurse. This nurse helps you settle in and manages your needs, such as:
- Ensuring you get some rest
- Recovering from labor
- Learning about the changes your body is now undergoing
- Visiting with family
Each private postpartum room includes a bed, sofa, TV and any necessary monitoring equipment. Wi-Fi is available throughout the hospital, so you can post photos from your laptop or tablet to keep family and friends updated.
During nursing shift changes, your current and on-coming nurse will meet at your bedside for reports and to discuss your goals and expectations. This is also your time to let us know about your wishes.
New mothers generally stay 48 hours after a vaginal delivery and 72 hours after a cesarean section. Your health and the health of your baby will determine the length of your stay.
While you are here, our staff will help you complete the registration information for your baby’s birth certificate and submit it to the state electronically. This is in addition to the security photo taken by our photography vendor in the newborn nursery.
When it’s time for you to leave the hospital, your nurses will make sure you are prepared with information on how to care for yourself and your baby once you’re home. We take the time to answer any questions you might have.
Breastfeeding and lactation services
HCA Houston Kingwood is proud to have earned the Texas 10-Step designation from the Texas Department of State Health Services. The Texas 10-Step Program encourages breastfeeding as the preferred method of feeding for newborns and infants.
Our team includes International Board of Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs), nurses and educators with specialty experience in all areas of lactation. From the delivery room to discharge, we are here to support you and your baby in achieving your breastfeeding and health goals.
All of our postpartum nurses are trained to assist our mothers and babies with breastfeeding. In addition, board-certified lactation consultants (IBCLC) round daily in our postpartum and newborn nursery units to provide education and recommendations based on the needs of mother and baby.
If you need help learning to breastfeed, our lactation specialists are available 24 hours a day to discuss breastfeeding techniques and issues and help with:
- Latch difficulty
- sore nipples
- Under or over supply
- Excessive weight loss
- Anatomical abnormalities
Sometimes mothers need help breastfeeding, no matter how many times they have done it before. The Women & Children’s Center Outpatient Lactation Clinic is a resource for mothers and babies who experience problems breastfeeding following their stay in the hospital.
Please call (281) 348-8342 to speak with our lactation clinic staff or schedule an appointment.
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