Women's and Children's Services

The Women’s and Children’s Services department at Midland Memorial Hospital is committed to assisting you and your family through this exciting and memorable time in your lives. Our staff is dedicated to providing you with the most personal care before, during and after your hospital stay.

The BirthPlace

You and your family are experiencing a very special time with the approaching birth of your baby. The staff at Midland Memorial Hospital wants to be a part of this important event in your life. Our staff is dedicated to helping you prepare for the physical, emotional, social, and financial changes that you face.

The BirthPlace unit has state-of-the-art monitoring capabilities. It consists of 10 private, spacious labor/delivery/recovery suites, a three bed recovery room and two cesarean section suites. These suites are designed to provide you and your family with a positive and memorable birth experience. The home-like atmosphere is enhanced by hardwood floors, comfortable sofa and chairs, private bath, television and mother's bed, which converts to a birthing bed.

You are encouraged to bring any materials to help enhance your birth experience such as a birthing ball, aromatherapy, relaxation and massage techniques, as well as music.

Anesthesia staff members specializing in labor and delivery are available 24 hours a day.

OB/GYN

Our staff supports and practices couplet care. This means the mother and baby remain together as a pair, and are cared for by one nSurse while in the hospital. You and baby will be admitted to the OB/GYN Unit approximately two hours after birth. Couplet care will help to empower you to guide the care of your baby and promote stronger family-bonding and attachment. You will spend as much time together as possible, allowing you to learn about your baby’s sleeping and feeding habits. This prepares you to go home with confidence to care for your baby. Before your baby is discharged, a routine hearing screening will be conducted. There is also a routine newborn screening performed while you are in the hospital. A second screening is required after discharge.

The unit includes 30 private rooms equipped with a bathroom, shower, television and telephone.

If you are breastfeeding, you may visit with one of the lactation consultants to learn more about the nursing process.

Before you are discharged, you will be given a special gift bag for you and your baby.

Special Care Nursery

The Special Care Nursery Unit is fully supplied with state of the art equipment and staffed with experienced nurses 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The baby is admitted to the Special Care Nursery Unit if requiring close observation or additional supportive care. Visitors must be banded for admittance into our secured unit.

Top Five things parents should know about couplet care:
•    One nurse cares for the mother and baby
•    Baby stays with the mother in her room
•    Couplet care promotes maternal-infant bonding
•    Improves breastfeeding success
•    Personalized care provides a better education for parents to go home with confidence

Childbirth Education

We are here from the beginning, offering childbirth education classes designed to educate parents about the labor and delivery process, breastfeeding, how to care for themselves and their newborn, as well as preparing siblings for becoming big brothers and sisters.

Pediatrics

The Pediatric Unit is located on the sixth floor of Midland Memorial Hospital. The beautifully decorated unit consists of 10 beds and two pediatric intensive care (PICU) beds. The PICU rooms have full hemodynamic (blood flow) and cardiac monitoring capability. The pediatric unit is fully staffed with experienced nurses that have been trained to care for children of all ages and trained in pediatric advanced life support. The unit also consists of a playroom for children to use while being hospitalized as well as Janet’s Closet, a special place for children who have had a traumatic experience or procedure to pick out something special. Parent support is very important for any child hospitalized and we encourage parents to stay and help care for their child.

Lactation Services

Our lactation (breastfeeding) program supports the nutritional needs of future generations and is the only one of its kind in west Texas. Full time licensed nurses with years of experience are available to work with our new moms and give them the encouragement and support needed for successful breastfeeding.

Attending a childbirth education class before your baby is born will help you understand breastfeeding and may prevent difficulties down the road.

Physicians, nurses, or others may refer patients to our lactation department. We work closely with these health professionals coordinating efforts to assure both mother's and baby's well being. Families who have given birth at other hospitals are welcome to make appointments for lactation assistance and evaluation. If you are breastfeeding, you may visit with one of the lactation consultants to learn more about the nursing process.

Contact information:

The BirthPlace

(432) 221-3260

OB/GYN

(432) 221-3279

Nursery

(432) 221-3266

Childbirth Education       

(432) 221-3283

Pediatrics

(432) 221-3355

Lactation Services

(432) 221-2160