Medical City Healthcare - January 28, 2021

Having a baby is a unique experience every time; no two pregnancies or deliveries are ever quite the same.

Since there are so many factors outside of your control, perhaps never more so than during the COVID-19 pandemic, it's nice to know that the hospital where you've chosen to deliver can provide much-needed consistency, reliability and clinical excellence. And of course, amenities and choices!

Consistency, reliability, clinical excellence, amenities and choices. These are just some of the reasons three Medical City hospitals have been named Best Place to Have a Baby in 2021 by the readers of DFW Child magazine!

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  • Medical City Dallas—Dallas County Edition
    • “Best Place to Have a Baby”
    • “Best Local Childbirth Class”
  • Medical City Lewisville—Denton County Edition
    • “Best Place to Have a Baby”
    • “Best Local Childbirth Class”
  • Medical City Plano—Collin County Edition
    • “Best Place to Have a Baby”—3rd year in a row!
    • Best “Prepared Childbirth” program

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While there are many factors to consider when choosing the best hospital to have your baby, here are 6 that top the list:

Clinical excellence in labor and delivery.

You may not agree on baby names or whether you want a boy or girl, but it's safe to say the top priority of every parent is to deliver a healthy baby … and for mom to be healthy, too.

These days, that means enhanced safety precautions and added peace of mind for parents. Now as always, at Medical City Healthcare hospitals, moms and babies are cherished and protected. Visit the COVID-19 and Pregnancy section of our Coronavirus Resource Hub to learn how we do that and find updates, FAQs for expectant mothers and more.

You can also get expert answers to common questions about pregnancy and COVID-19, as well as hear from other moms who’ve delivered their babies during the pandemic, on our We Deliver Dreams blog. Including first-time mom Cat Wren, who says the staff at Medical City Lewisville completely turned her unsettled nervousness around.  

Bonus tip: Look for a hospital that offers two skilled medical teams—one for mom and one for baby. That tells you they take the needs of baby and the expectations of mom seriously.

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Neonatal Intensive Care Unit — NICU.

The level of neonatal intensive care a hospital provides is one of those things that many parents-to-be may not think to consider, which is precisely why it's near the top of our list.

Knowing the NICU level of your hospital (4 is the highest  level of care; 1 is the lowest level of care) can provide peace of mind if your baby needs a higher level of care.

High-risk mom Ashlee, who gave birth to twin boys at Medical City Arlington during the pandemic, spent five weeks in the hospital and was able to see her sons on the hospital’s NICVIEW® cameras during their first two weeks of life. She says the care that she and her babies received was “absolutely amazing” and that they were treated like family the entire time. Read what else she shared about her hospital stay and hear from four other moms who gave birth during the pandemic:

5 moms share what it was like to have a baby during the pandemic

NICU

Delivery and baby options.

What will your delivery day be like? No one can say for sure—pandemic or not—but creating a birth plan will give your OB and hospital staff a guide of what you would like to happen.

Do you want custom music? Soft lighting? Instant skin-to-skin contact? Baby in-room or in-nursery? Are pacifiers and formula allowed? Do they offer designated quiet time for mother and baby bonding? Your hospital should offer these choices and more, and the staff should be able to help you decide what's right for you.

If the unexpected happens—whatever that may be—our labor and delivery specialists are prepared to provide expert care for you and your baby. Tatyana Bloom, a first-time mom who delivered her son at Medical City Dallas during the pandemic, found this to be true when her birth plans didn’t go exactly as she had hoped.

Mom and Newborn

Postpartum room amenities.

Where you spend the first few nights with your new baby is something you'll never forget. Make it memorable by choosing a hospital that offers the amenities that are important to you, whether it's a VIP luxury suite, a celebratory meal or a large room with many of the comforts of home. It’s your day to make it special!

Most hospitals offer tours of their labor and delivery departments, so be sure to sign up for the ones you're interested in. During COVID-19, tours are being offered virtually, and you can view our maternity tours online.

Baby Room Amenities

Childbirth classes and support groups.

In addition to labor and delivery tours, look for a hospital that offers the childbirth classes and support groups that meet your needs. Class choices can include childbirth preparation, breastfeeding, infant CPR, daddy boot camp, yoga and prenatal massage.

New moms and lactation support groups can help with the transition to becoming a mom.

The pandemic is no reason to miss the information and education you need as a new parent! During COVID-19, childbirth classes are being held virtually.

First-time mom Christa, who delivered her son at Medical City Frisco, says that she and her husband were given options to make sure they had the full experience, including virtual classes and telemedicine. Read what else she had to share about her pandemic childbirth experience and hear from three other moms as well:

4 moms share what it was like to have a baby during the pandemic

Labor and delivery pain relief options.

In addition to the traditional epidural, there are now more childbirth pain relief options than ever.

Look for a hospital that offers a wide variety of pain relief choices, such as aromatherapy (essential oils), peanut balls, meditation, hot and cold therapy, and more.

Don't be shy about trying more than one technique, especially if your labor is long. What works during one stage of labor may not in another.

Pain Relief Options

Learn how moms and babies are cherished and protected at Medical City Healthcare: Visit the COVID-19 and pregnancy section of our Coronavirus Resource Hub.

Please note: Official guidance related to pregnancy and COVID-19 will continue to evolve as more information becomes available. Please refer to the CDC for the latest information and additional resources.