Houston Methodist. Leading Medicine.
Houston Methodist. Leading Medicine

Getting Ready

"Don't Forget" Checklist

Pack your bags at least one month before the baby's due date. Remember to bring:

FOR MOM:

  • Nightgowns, nursing bras, robe and slippers
  • Toiletries and cosmetics
  • Lamaze-recommended items
  • Watch or travel clock
  • Address book and stationary

FOR DAD:

  • Electronics and chargers
  • Change of clothes
  • Camera (Photos can be taken in the birthing suites, but videos can only be filmed in the nursery and postpartum units.)
  • Toiletries
  • Snacks
  • List of family and/or friends to call or text when baby arrives

FOR THE BABY:

  • Car seat
  • Receiving blankets and mittens
  • Diapers and climate-appropriate clothing

Maternity Pre-registration

Plan ahead and preregister for your stay with us at Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital. By doing so, you will be admitted immediately when the big day finally arrives. The best time to preregister is by the fifth month or about 20 weeks into your pregnancy. You’re welcome to preregister online or in person—just stop by and see us.

Registration is conducted in the Patient Access Services Office located in the Sweetwater Pavilion. Click here to download the map.

Our hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. – 6 p.m., and Saturday, 7 a.m. – 12 p.m. For more information about registration, call 281-274-0104.

Your Arrival and Admission

It’s time! Contact your doctor and he or she will let you know when you should come to the Birthing Center. If you’ve preregistered, you’ll be admitted right away without having to wait. Come directly to the Sweetwater Pavilion entrance and take the elevator to the third floor. Click here to download the map.

Once you are settled in one of our comfortable birthing suites, your vital signs and the baby’s heartbeat will be monitored. All necessary admission information will be collected at this time. To help make the experience as special as possible, we recommend that at least one support person is present during labor and delivery.

Birth Certificates and Social Security Cards

Upon preadmission to the Birthing Center, you will receive application forms for a birth certificate and Social Security number. Prior to discharge, the birth registrar will review these forms and submit them for you. You will then receive a “Birth Facts Sheet,” which can be used to add your baby to your insurance. Your newborn’s Social Security card will be sent directly to your home. The birth certificate may be obtained from the Texas Vital Statistics office upon your request.

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • How do I get a copy of my baby's birth certificate?
    You can purchase a certified copy of your child's birth certificate from the local registrar's office located in the city or county where the birth occurred, or you can send for it from the Texas Vital Statistics office located in Austin, Texas. Birth certificates can also be ordered online at Texas.gov. Either way, there is a 3-4 week waiting period after discharge.
  • When will I receive my baby's Social Security card?
    If you answered "Yes" to the question, "Apply for Baby's Social Security Number?" on the Mother's Worksheet for Child's Birth Certificate (located in the back pocket of this brochure), the birth information will be forwarded to the Social Security Administration as soon as the Texas Vital Statistics office receives the data from the hospital. The Social Security Administration then requires 2-3 weeks to process the information. A Social Security card will be mailed to the mother's mailing address as provided on the Mother's Worksheet. The entire process usually takes 4-6 weeks to complete.
  • When will I receive my baby's Medicaid number?
    If you provided answers to the questions "Mother's Medicaid Name?" and "Mother's Medicaid Number?" on the Mother's Worksheet for Child's Birth Certificate (located in the back pocket of this brochure), the information will be forwarded to Medicaid upon arrival at the Texas Vital Statistics office. Medicaid then requires 2-3 weeks to process the information. The Infant Medicaid card will be mailed to the mother's mailing address, as provided on the Mother's Worksheet. The entire process usually takes 4-6 weeks to complete.