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Labor and delivery

Just as every baby is unique, so is every delivery. As your trusted care partner, we work to provide a personalized birthing experience that begins long before your first contraction and continues well after delivery.

Labor and delivery unit in San Antonio

At Methodist Hospital, we've been delivering babies for more than 50 years.

We believe in family-centered care and prioritize your comfort, unique needs and birth preferences. Our highly skilled team of hospitalists and nurses offers personalized support while working towards achieving a safe and positive childbirth experience.

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COVID-19 and pregnancy - An update for our patients

We would like to take this opportunity to update you about your maternity care during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and assure you that our dedicated team of expert nurses, physicians and midwives are committed to providing safe and effective care to every patient who walks through our doors.

Your safety is our priority

Delivering a baby comes with a variety of emotions - excitement, love, joy, anxiety, and even fear. In today's environment, we take safety even more seriously to ensure that our patients, visitors and staff are healthy and safe as we move through the COVID-19 pandemic.

About our birthing center

We specialize in low and high-risk pregnancy care. As one of few Level IV maternal centers in Texas, Methodist Hospital offers the highest level and most comprehensive care available for high-risk obstetric patients. The maternal designation coupled with Methodist Children’s Hospital’s Level IV neonatal intensive care unit provides leading, continuous care for pregnant women, mothers and their newborn babies. It is important to us that a mother with a high-risk pregnancy is able to stay with her newborn while they both receive treatment. This is the benefit of having a full-service adult hospital and full-service children’s hospital in the same location.

Maternity and Prenatal conditions we treat:

  • Multiples births
  • High risk pregnancies
  • Low risk and normal pregnancies
  • Pre-term labor
  • Pre-eclampsia
  • Diabetes
  • Premature rupture of membrane
  • Hypertension
  • Incompetent or weakened cervix

Maternity services

For more information about our labor and delivery services, please call (210) 575-0355. You can also pre-register for your delivery online to save yourself some time when you arrive at the hospital.

PeekABoo tour

*Currently, all Peek-A-Boo tours are being offered virtually as we continue to practice social distancing to keep our community safe. Please view our Peek-A-Boo video tour below.

Personalized maternity care

In addition to providing comprehensive labor and delivery services, we have a team that includes physicians, nurses, lactation consultants, chaplains, social workers and dietitians. We offer:

  • Obstetrician and anesthesiologist coverage 24/7
  • Support from expert doulas who specialize in the labor and delivery process
  • 24/7 care specializing in high-risk pregnancy and delivery complications
  • A dedicated maternity ER
  • 94 bed Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU),
    • Certified by United Healthcare as a Neonatal Center of Excellence, the NICU at Methodist Children’s Hospital holds a Level IV designation, which is the most advanced in clinical care.
    • Our in-house, board-certified neonatologists, advanced nurse practitioners, and more than 150 specially trained nurses provide care 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to meet the special healthcare needs of the hospital’s tiniest patients.
  • HUGS infant security and patient monitoring system
  • Monitored access to Labor & Delivery, Mother-Baby and NICU
  • Wireless monitoring designed for laboring in comfort, squat bars, round exercise balls and peanut balls
  • Golden hour following childbirth to promote infant bonding

Mother Baby Care program

Methodist Healthcare supports and participates in the Mother/Baby Care program. Our postpartum rooms are specially designed for this purpose: to give both mother and baby plenty of "get-to-know-you" time.

Therefore, the Newborn Nursery may seem empty at our hospitals. We encourage moms to spend this time together to get acquainted with their babies. It's a good time to ask questions and learn from your nurses. Occasionally, it may be necessary for your baby to visit the nursery.

Methodist Hospital Hill Country Labor and Delivery Tour

At Methodist Hospital | Hill Country your birth preference, comfort, and needs are our top priority. Take a tour of our labor and delivery experience and learn more about the amenities we provide.

Perinatal navigator

Our Perinatal Navigator is available to help high-risk mothers-to-be navigate through the complex healthcare system as they prepare for the delivery of their baby. The navigator partners with healthcare team members, providers and specialists to help develop a plan of care to achieve the best possible outcomes. You will be provided with the emotional support, education, and care coordination you may need along your journey. Please speak with your provider to enroll in this service.

About our OB Hospitalist Program

Our OB/GYN hospitalist program allows hospital-based, OB/GYN physicians (hospitalists) to focus on providing consistent care to our patients while in the hospital, as well as emergent care to those arriving in Labor and Delivery. To support this initiative, we have partnered with Ob Hospitalist Group (OBHG), the industry's largest dedicated OBGYN hospitalist provider.

Features of our program

  • OBGYN Physician Availability
  • Board Certified, OBGYN hospitalists are immediately available on-site 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
  • In the event that your physician is not available, OBGYN hospitalists can examine you, evaluate the progress of your labor, review test results and fetal heart rate tracings. They will address any evolving issues and provide you and your baby with a safe delivery.
  • Due to their primary focus of hospital-based treatment, hospitalists are experts at providing emergent care and are on-site if an emergency occurs.
  • Our hospitalists will be in communication with your physician and will have access to your prior medical records.
  • Our hospitalists are highly skilled in a variety of different delivery techniques.
  • In addition to being board certified, our hospitalists are required to maintain high levels of clinical performance and professional standards.
  • Being hospital-based, the OBGYN hospitalists will always be on-site to visit you, monitor progress or discuss your questions/concerns or those of your family.

Methodist Hospital amenities

For your comfort, we offer:

  • Private and spacious rooms
  • Free Wi-Fi and movies on demand
  • Complimentary snack and tea cart
  • Room-in options for family members
  • Valet parking

Luxury suites

We offer several upgraded options for your hospital stay after birth, including our suites. Upgrading to a special amenity room includes all meals for you and your partner. You are also able to take advantage of complimentary valet parking during your stay.

Our suites offer a large private bedroom and bathroom for you, and a second room with a daybed for your partner, its own television and restroom. The suites also include a snack and coffee bar.

Let your labor and delivery nurses know that you are interested in a special amenity room for your recovery. Fees for the upgrade must be paid at time of service, based on the expected stay for the patient.

Prenatal support and education

We are excited you have chosen Methodist Hospital to be your partner in prenatal care, labor and delivery. We support you and your loved ones’ efforts to become prepared and educated. We offer a variety of classes to help you prepare for childbirth and delivery, as well as classes for your partner, grandparents and soon-to-be siblings.

The patient journey

Each patient has a unique birthing experience and our team prides itself our ensuring every delivery experience meets your expectations. Hear directly from other San Antonio moms.

You can register for the classes or call (210) 575-0355.

How to find our labor and delivery unit

Our labor and delivery unit is located in Methodist Hospital's Central Tower on the first floor. We recommend parking in Garage 1.

Videos about our Labor and delivery services

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Virtual Tour: Methodist Hospital Labor and Delivery

At Methodist Hospital your birth preferences, comfort and needs are our top priority. Take a tour of our labor and delivery experience and learn more about the amenities we provide.

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