Houston Methodist St. John Hospital has opened a new childbirth center.

“We are extremely proud of our new family friendly childbirth center and its contemporary design and amenities,” said Dan Newman, CEO of Houston Methodist St. John Hospital. “As the newest birthing center in the Bay Area, we offer moms-to-be a boutique-style birthing experience that is not only safe, comfortable and convenient, but also brings the expertise of world-renowned neonatology care to manage complex births.”

The center features 19 private labor, delivery, recovery and post-partum suites with state-of-the-art delivery beds, allowing moms and babies to stay in one room throughout their time in the hospital.

Each suite features an earth-tone color palette chosen to provide a calming, nature-like environment. Suites have specially designed furniture, including sofas and recliners that open into beds.

With comfortable glider rockers, flat-screen TVs, complimentary Wi-Fi and easy-to-access, walk-in showers for mom’s comfort, each suite offers a relaxed, home-like setting.

After delivery, new parents receive a special meal prepared by the hospital chef to celebrate their newborn’s arrival. Siblings and visitors are welcome to enjoy bonding time with their newborn as well.

The center’s neonatal intensive care unit is managed in partnership with Texas Children’s Hospital, a recognized leader in the treatment of babies born with complications or prematurely. Under the leadership of medical director Dr. Samina Jamil, board-certified, fellowship-trained neonatologists provide onsite, around-the-clock care.

“The partnership with Texas Children’s Hospital ensures that we have experienced, knowledgeable neonatologists in the unit, every hour of the day, every day of the week,” Jamil said. “This is a tremendous benefit to new moms and their babies, because it means that in the event a newborn needs special attention, the infant can stay right here close to home while still receiving the best possible care.”

Houston Methodist St. John Hospital is also implementing a state-of-the-art infant security system that uses Wi-Fi technology to ensure babies are always paired with the right mom, and that no unauthorized individual can leave the hospital with a baby.

“It’s an intimate, personalized setting, with lots of one-on-one attention from our nursing staff and breastfeeding coaches in a relaxed, calming atmosphere,” said Dr. Fernando Ocon, medical director of Houston Methodist Obstetrics & Gynecology Associates at St. John.

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