Birthing center in Austin, Texas
At St. David's Medical Center, we aim to make the labor and delivery experience as comfortable and fulfilling as possible. Our spacious rooms provide a soothing, homelike environment and are equipped with the latest technology. This enables us to provide immediate, seamless care, even if advanced treatment is needed.
For more information about our labor and delivery services, call the St. David’s Medical Center at (512) 476-7111.
Our maternity unit provides a safe, secure environment for you and your baby. In most cases, infants will stay with their parents immediately following birth. Rooming-in with your baby is encouraged, and expert care and education are available—including breastfeeding support.
Our Baby Matters program
While our desire is for everyone to have a healthy baby and pregnancy, we know that occasionally moms and babies need specialized medical care. If it is determined during your pregnancy that your baby may need care in the neonatal intensive unit or urgent surgery following birth, the nurse navigators at St. David’s Medical Center are here to support you throughout your journey.
To help you make informed decisions about your child’s care, we offer a Baby Matters nurse navigator service. In addition to introducing you to our maternity and NICU areas through this program, we aim to build your knowledge, encourage informed decision-making and increase your understanding of all our services. Tours and meetings also give us one-on-one time to guide you through care of you and your baby needing NICU care.
How the Baby Matters program works
Your obstetrician (OB) or maternal fetal medicine specialist (MFM) can refer you to our Baby Matters program. One of our nurse navigators will then contact you. They can help you with:
- Coordinating a personalized tour of our maternity areas and Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
- Scheduling a face-to-face consultation with one of our board-certified neonatologists to discuss care and expectations for your new baby
- Building and maintaining a personalized care file, ensuring high-level communication among all maternity staff
- Collaborating with your OB, MFM, neonatologists, pediatric surgeons and other maternity specialists to develop a delivery plan and coordinated care
- Maintaining your medical records, requests and referrals
- Referring you to additional resources and specialized programs
Nurse navigators are here throughout your pregnancy to answer questions, provide assistance, guide you through this process and support you and your family. For more information about our Baby Matters program, call us at (512) 544-5189. You can also email us at BabyMatters@stdavids.com.
Cesarean sections (C-sections)
A C-section is a surgical procedure to deliver a baby through the abdomen. This surgery can be planned, as in the case of a high-risk pregnancy, or unplanned, as in response to a complication during labor.
If surgery is necessary, you will receive care in our fully equipped C-section suites. For non-emergency C-sections, we encourage your partner or support person to attend. If you had a C-section in the past and are considering a vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC), we offer support and education through our VBAC Journey classes.
Additional classes and tours
We offer on-site classes and tours of our maternity unit. Online childbirth classes are also available.
During tours of our hospital, you will visit the labor/delivery/recovery and postpartum rooms, where we offer advanced perinatal care.
We host Breastfeeding Basics classes at our hospital. You will learn about proper positioning, latching, how often and for how long your baby should breastfeed and more. You can register for a Breastfeeding Basics class online.
For parents with children between three and 10 years old, we host a Sibling Class. This class includes a tour of the postpartum unit and will help siblings prepare for life with a new baby brother or sister. You can register for a Sibling Class online.
For more information or to register for our classes and tours, call us at (512) 544-4226.
At our 65-bed Level IV NICU, babies born prematurely or with an illness can receive advanced care and a wide range of services, including neonatal surgery. In-house, board-certified neonatologists are available 24/7, ensuring we can provide intensive care the moment it is needed.
Following your baby’s birth, we encourage family time. Our postpartum rooms provide the privacy you need to enhance bonding with your new baby. These rooms feature a sleep space for your partner or support person. Families with a newborn in the NICU can also take advantage of our Ronald McDonald Family Room, which provides a convenient and healing place to rest close to your child.
Directions to our hospital
Our hospital is in Austin near the intersection of Interstate 35 and East Dean Keeton Street. We are west of the interstate, between East 30th and East 32nd Street.
The main entrance, visitor parking garages and valet parking service are accessible from East 32nd Street. After parking, proceed through the main entrance for help checking in.
Labor and delivery at St. David's HealthCare
Just as every baby is unique, so is every delivery. As your partner in care, we provide a customized birthing experience that begins long before your first contraction and continues well after delivery.Learn about Labor and delivery