Your Delivery

What to Bring

Essentials:

  • Health Insurance info, hospital forms and birth plan (if you have one)
  • Two to three pairs of warm, nonskid socks (for walking the halls before and after labor)
  • A warm robe or sweater
  • Two maternity bras — no underwire — and nursing pads. (Whether or not you plan to nurse, you’ll appreciate the support and leak-protection.)
  • Lip balm
  • Toiletries and personal items: hairbrush, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, face wash, makeup, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, contact lens case and solution, etc.
  • Eyeglasses
  • Headband or ponytail holder
  • Pen and paper
  • Cell phone and charger and phone numbers of people to call after birth
  • Camera, film or extra memory card, battery and/or charger
  • Comfortable “going-home” clothes — either loose-fitting or six-month maternity size, as well as flat shoes
  • A gym bag packed with a change of clothes and basic hygiene products for your partner

Take it or Leave it:

  • Your favorite music to play in the birthing suite
  • Extra pillow
  • Bath towel
  • Hairdryer
  • Your favorite brand of soap, shampoo and heavy flow sanitary pads
  • A few pairs of maternity underwear
  • A nightgown
  • Slippers
  • Light reading material
  • An MP3 player and headphones
  • Other comfort items, like massage oils, rolling pins, tennis balls, or inspirational objects

Things to Leave at Home:

  • Any expensive, one-of-a-kind clothes or nighties
  • Jewelry
  • Stopwatch (your nurse or a monitor will take care of timing contractions)

What to Bring for Baby:

  • Approved car seat
  • Coming-home clothes small enough for a newborn
  • Warm blankets (for the ride home)
  • A hat when it is seasonally appropriate. Please remember, babies are extra sensitive to cold.

Delivery Options

In order to make the labor and delivery process more custom to the needs of mom, we have added a number of birthing options including:

  • Birthing Balls
  • Wireless Monitoring
  • Birthing Bars
  • Various Pain Management Techniques
  • Birthing Mirrors
  • Aromatherapy
  • The option to play music in the birthing suite
  • More Family Present (if mom prefers)

Our focus is to help you make your journey your own. If there’s anything we can provide to help, please ask.

What to Expect

When you arrive at Shannon, please enter the Women and Children’s main entrance and proceed to the registration desk. An Admissions Representative will assist you to complete any necessary paperwork and will direct you to Labor and Delivery for your care. Once you enter the Labor and Delivery unit, our team will assess your progression in a triage room, and admit you to an LDR suite. Additionally, Cesarean births take place in one of our two Surgical Delivery Suites located on the same floor, adjacent to the labor rooms.

At our beautiful Women and Children’s Hospital, we offer labor, delivery and recovery all in the same ambient birthing suite. The rooms are comfortable and home-like with areas for family members to be with patients during labor and delivery. Every ambient birthing suite is private, and mother and baby are cared for as one. Mother decides how many and which people will be with her during labor. She can even have one person with her in the event of a Cesarean section.

Pregnancy and labor is a beautiful, natural process in which most cases require nothing more than close observation and support. However, should any medical complications arise, our dream team of obstetricians are board-certified and trained to care for both normal and complicated obstetrical situations.

Our Special Care Nursery staff and pediatricians are skilled at caring for even the most complex preterm infants. Plus, our anesthetists provide around-the-clock epidural service to help ensure each patient is as comfortable as possible.

After delivery, mothers are given a spacious, quiet room that can accommodate one additional person overnight. Baby is primarily cared for in the room with mom. We minimize the time  mother and baby are separated, but we also have a nursery to care for healthy babies when mom needs a rest.

We encourage family and friends, including children, to be present as mom sees fit. Unlike most hospitals, at Shannon, the visiting hours are set by mom.

Our way of caring encourages collaborative decision-making with women and their families being active partners during childbearing. We continually evaluate and revise our services to meet each family’s needs and expectations. Why? We want to be there for you during this exciting part your family’s journey.

Special Care Nursery

If your baby should need more specialized care, our Special Care Nursery is just steps away. This area is equipped with high-level technology and certified staff to care for babies with special needs.

The Texas Department of State Health Services designated Shannon Medical Center as a Level II Neonatal Facility (Special Care Nursery) in Perinatal Care Region-K.

Shannon was the first level II neonatal unit in Texas to be surveyed by the Texas EMS Trauma and Acute Care Foundation (TETAF), and one of the first level II neonatal units to receive designation. As a level II Special Care Nursery, Shannon will continue to provide the same level of specialty and intensive care that our patients and families are accustomed to.

The designation comes as a result of legislation passed in 2013 requiring Texas to establish and implement neonatal and maternal level of care designations by March 1, 2018, with the intent of ensuring neonatal special care and intensive care units have the resources and expertise to provide high-quality patient care that leads to the best outcomes for newborn patients and their families.

Texas is one of the first states requiring neonatal care units to undergo a site visit to verify the level of care provided to patients meets the Neonatal Levels of Care classifications as defined in the Texas Administrative Code.

Anesthesia

Making you as comfortable as possible during your stay is one of our main priorities. Our anesthetists provide around-the-clock epidural service to ensure each patient is as comfortable as possible and our anesthetic services are under constant supervision and monitored by our professional staff for all obstetric inpatients.

Rooming In

At Shannon Medical Center, we give you the option to room-in with your special little one. While rooming-in, nurses will care for both you and your baby, nurturing the bonding and attachment happening between you and the newest little member of your family. Your hospital stay is adjusted to meet the needs of your entire family. Each morning, your nurses will help map your day with care that is flexible for each member of your family. The family can determine how much time the baby spends with them in the room or resting in the nursery

Security

At Shannon Medical Center, the security of mother and her special little one is of the highest priority. Mother, baby and a third person designated by the mother will be banded with identification bracelets for security purposes. The baby will also have an additional tag in place that will trigger an alarm if they are taken from the premises prior to discharge.