St. David’s HealthCare is the area’s leader in childbirth. Our family-focused approach to care provides mothers, babies and families with a warm and safe birth experience. Our newborn nurseries and NICU facilities offer the most advanced care for your baby.
St. David’s HealthCare offers a complete range of maternity and newborn services including onsite and online classes (prenatal, sibling and lactation), beautifully appointed LDR and postpartum rooms, tours, and the most advanced neonatal care available. We’ll even help you find a physician!
Labor & Delivery
Our spacious Labor/Delivery/Recovery (LDR) rooms provide a soothing and homelike environment. Warm colors, rocking chairs, private showers and soft light offer a comforting backdrop for labor and childbirth. All rooms feature the latest fetal monitoring technology. Systems that deliver medications and epidural anesthesia are discreetly tucked away, but readily available if needed.
If cesarean birth becomes necessary, fully equipped c-section suites are conveniently located to provide seamless care. For non-emergency c-sections, we encourage the father, partner or support person to attend.
Following your baby’s birth, we encourage family time. Our postpartum rooms provide the privacy you need to enhance bonding with your new baby. Postpartum rooms feature built-in sleep space for the father, partner or support person.
Neonatal / Maternal Transport Team
St. David’s HealthCare provides a Neonatal Transport Team, which includes a transport registered nurse and respiratory therapist who have specialized training in neonatal care and procedures. High-risk neonates are transported within a 150-mile radius to a St. David’s HealthCare Level III NICU.
A Maternal Transport Team is also available to transport high-risk expectant mothers prior to giving birth.
Transport teams are on-call 24/7 to transport via air or ground ambulance. Upon arrival at a St. David’s HealthCare hospital, the neonate or mother receives care from appropriate medical personnel including board certified maternal fetal specialists, neonatologists, obstetrician/gynecologists, anesthesiologists and other board certified physicians such as cardiologists, neurologists, pediatric surgeons, nephrologists or other specialists as needed.
Our newborn nurseries provide a safe, secure environment when mom needs to rest. In most cases, babies stay with their mom for the first hour following birth, and then goes to the newborn nursery for initial assessments and the first bath. Once these essentials are completed, babies return to their mothers. Rooming-in with your baby is encouraged, but support and education are always available.
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
St. David’s HealthCare Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs) provide advanced technology and highly skilled staff. Neonatologists are assisted by neonatal nurses and supported by physicians such as pediatric surgeons and other specialists. Level III NICUs are offered at St. David’s Medical Center and Women’s Center of Texas. St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center offers the largest Level IIb NICU in Williamson County. St. David’s South Austin Medical Center is a Level II NICU. St. David’s Georgetown Hospital offers a special care nursery with the ability to transport neonates to a Level III NICU if needed.
Ronald McDonald Family Room
The Ronald McDonald Family Rooms at St. David’s Medical Center and Women's Center of Texas are a places of care and comfort for Austin and Central Texas families with infants in the neonatal intensive care unit. The Family Room will provide families with a healing respite from the beeping machines and stress of the NICU.
Our professionals are dedicated to preparing parents for the arrival of their baby. Parent education classes provide answers to all your questions about childbirth, baby care, breastfeeding, siblings and more. We offer a full range of classes including Lamaze, newborn care, breastfeeding consults, C-section and sibling education. Please be sure to pre-register well before your due date.
Choosing a Physician
We offer a free physician referral service to help you find an obstetrician for yourself and pediatrician for your baby. Our staff includes many highly qualified physicians, and this service will help you find one that meets your specific needs. To get started, simply go to our Find-A-Physician page or call (512) 478-3627 or (888) 868-2104.
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