First-time mom Lindsey C. had very specific wishes about her baby’s birth when she was planning for her delivery. “I just wanted as little medical intervention as possible, with the assurance that we would do anything to keep our baby safe,” she says.
When it came time to choose a birth center, she remembered hearing that Northwest supports the mom’s wishes for labor and delivery, which was just what she wanted. “After the tour, we knew Northwest was it. The staff was amazing, and I liked that the unit had a tub and other things available like the peanut labor balls (which can be used for certain birthing positions).”
The Childbirth Center at Northwest provides patient-centered care and is well-equipped to support moms and babies in the event that specialized care is needed. Obstetrician/ gynecologists, maternal-fetal medicine specialists, neonatologists, nurse anesthetists and neonatal nurses are available 24 hours a day. Also, the hospital’s Level III NICU is the largest neonatal intensive care unit in the northwest Texas region, with advanced medical technology required for a wide range of health concerns, from respiratory and infectious conditions to babies born prematurely.
Knowing that these services were there was reassuring when the day came for Lindsey to have her baby. “Northwest was very accepting of my birth team. I was grateful for my doulas to be in the room,” she says. The staff was encouraging and also respected her birth plan and her desire for her daughter to come on her own.
She wanted to be at Northwest in case any medical needs arose, and it turned out that she needed medical assistance post-birth and was swiftly cared for by her skilled team at Northwest. “My baby went to observation for a few hours, and my husband went with her,” she says. “I was thankful to be at the hospital.”
For the rest of her stay, Lindsey was together with her baby in the same room as part of the hospital’s specialized couplet care. “I love how Northwest allows you to have your baby with you all the time,” she says. “The lactation nurse was wonderful,” she adds. “The quality of care was phenomenal.”
While some adjustments needed to be made in her birth plan to keep her and her baby safe, Lindsey fulfilled her most important wish of delivering her baby safely, and without medication. “Giving birth is not one-size-fits-all. It is awesome that the hospital respected my wishes,” she says. “Northwest was 100-percent supportive from before we arrived at the hospital all the way through. Northwest is my hospital.”
Designated BlueDistinction® Center+ Maternity Care
In recognition of demonstrated expertise and a commitment to quality care, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas has recognized Northwest Texas Healthcare System with a Blue Distinction® Center for Maternity Care designation as part of the Blue Distinction Specialty Care Program.
To help you plan for your delivery and get off to a healthy start with your baby, Northwest offers classes throughout the year including:
Provides pregnant women and their support person with information about childbirth, including: pregnancy changes, physical and behavioral changes during labor and birth, breathing, relaxation and coping strategies for labor and delivery.
Covers the basics of breastfeeding and the keys to success, including: benefits of breastfeeding for both mom and baby, helpful techniques for positioning and latch, milk supply, infant feeding patterns, pumping and more.
To register and learn more about these and other upcoming classes, view our event calendar →