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Houston Methodist. Leading Medicine

Labor & Delivery

Visiting Hours

Fathers and immediate family are welcome to visit mom and the newborn at any time.

Other visitors are welcome seven days a week between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m.

Birthing Nurses

There are experienced and dedicated nurses. Then, there are experienced and dedicated nurses with a love for newborns. That’s where the Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital nursing staff fits in. We understand the impact a caring nurse can have on a mother’s birthing experience. That’s why each mother is assigned a devoted nurse to care for her throughout her labor and delivery.

A neonatal nurse, who brings a specialized level of training is also present at every delivery, just in case there are any unexpected complications.

Birthing Suites

babyOur birthing suites allow mothers to labor, deliver and recover with their newborns in the same suite. After the baby is born, parents and baby will remain in the labor and delivery room to bond before moving to a postpartum suite. This can be a special time for bonding, and new mothers are encouraged to initiate breast feeding during this time. Fathers are invited to be present in both the labor and delivery suite and cesarean birthing suite.

We want to make your stay a family-friendly bonding experience by allowing siblings and immediate family to stay with mom. We do ask that another adult be present to help care for any children.

Amenities include:

  • Private bathrooms with a whirlpool tub*
  • *Whirlpool tubs located in the labor and delivery suites.
  • Cable television including the Patient Channel for newborn education
  • DVD player
  • Large, comfortable couches that pull out for overnight guests
  • Room service
  • Specially prepared meals
  • Location near the newborn nursery

Pain Relief Options

Every woman’s labor is unique; the level of pain endured will vary with each woman. Our goal is to ensure our patients the safest and most pleasant birthing experience possible. Based on your personal wishes and your physician’s recommendations, anesthesia may be an option. Epidural anesthesia is the most common type, as it allows the mother to remain alert and involved in the delivery process. Your doctor will discuss these options with you at length.

At our Birthing Center, we believe a support person — a spouse or other trusted companion — can make mom feel more comfortable during this exciting and memorable experience. It’s recommended that at least one support person is present during labor and delivery.

Cesarean Section

Cesarean sections or C-sections, are sometimes planned in advance because of an existing medical condition or because more than two babies will be birthed. In other instances, a C-section is performed when difficulties in labor create concern about the health of the baby or the mother.

In the event that you need to have a C-section, anesthesia will keep you comfortable. In most cases, mothers remain awake during the procedure and spouses or support persons are invited to be present. Due to a longer recovery time, your hospital stay may be a few days longer. However, with the help of a nurse, you should be up and out of bed within 24 hours. Mothers who have had a Cesarean delivery should plan for extra help when leaving the hospital.

Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC)

Mothers who have previously delivered by cesarean section may still be able to give birth vaginally, through what is known as vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC). Your doctor will be able to inform you as to whether or not you would be able to deliver a child by VBAC.


Your baby is born. Happiness, amazement and relief will overcome you as your baby enters the world. Once you have had time to recover, you and your family will be moved to your private suite on the postpartum wing for time to bond with your newborn during the first hours of his/her life. During the remainder of your stay, you and your baby will be cared for by nurses who specialize in mother-baby care. Lactation consultants and education specialists are available to help you learn the best technique for feeding your baby, which is encouraged during this time.

In keeping with our quality care, babies are weighed, given preventative eye infection treatment and an injection of vitamin K. Your chosen pediatrician will check your baby’s vital signs, such as blood pressure and heart rate.

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

In this special moment, rely on us to be ready should anything unusual arise. Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital is prepared for those newborns that need extra care. Our Level Two NICU, located next to the Maternity Unit, is staffed with specially trained neonatologists who monitor our high-risk and premature babies 24 hours a day.

Babies that are less than 32 weeks gestation or require more complex care, are stabilized at the Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital Birthing Center and then transferred to a Level Three NICU in the Medical Center.

Newborn Services

Newborn Screens:

The purpose of these tests is to detect 26 different newborn conditions that can be corrected if caught early. This is a state-mandated blood test required at two and 14 days of age. The first test is given at the hospital; the second will be performed at your pediatrician’s office.

Hearing Screen:

Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital, in compliance with Texas state law, offers a hearing screen by a certified hearing professional prior to discharge.

Online Nursery

Out-of-town family and friends can also meet the new addition to your family by visiting our Online Nursery. Visitors can view the baby’s photo and even send mom a greeting.