Women's and Children's Services

The Women’s and Children’s Services department at Midland Memorial Hospital is committed to assisting you and your family through this exciting and memorable time in your lives. Our staff is dedicated to providing you with the most personal care before, during and after your hospital stay.

Labor & Delivery

You and your family are experiencing a very special time with the approaching birth of your baby. The staff at Midland Memorial Hospital wants to be a part of this important event in your life. Our staff is dedicated to helping you prepare for the physical, emotional, social, and financial changes that you face.

The Labor & Delivery unit has state-of-the-art monitoring capabilities. It consists of 10 private, spacious labor/delivery/recovery suites, a three bed recovery room and two cesarean section suites. These suites are designed to provide you and your family with a positive and memorable birth experience. The home-like atmosphere is enhanced by hardwood floors, comfortable sofa and chairs, private bath, television and mother's bed, which converts to a birthing bed.

You are encouraged to bring any materials to help enhance your birth experience such as a birthing ball, aromatherapy, relaxation and massage techniques, as well as music.

Anesthesia staff members specializing in labor and delivery are available 24 hours a day.

Mother-Baby

Our staff supports and practices couplet care. This means the mother and baby remain together as a pair, and are cared for by one nurse while in the hospital. You and baby will be admitted to the Mother-Baby Unit approximately two hours after birth. Couplet care will help to empower you to guide the care of your baby and promote stronger family-bonding and attachment. You will spend as much time together as possible, allowing you to learn about your baby’s sleeping and feeding habits. This prepares you to go home with confidence to care for your baby. Before your baby is discharged, a routine hearing screening will be conducted. There is also a routine newborn screening performed while you are in the hospital. A second screening is required after discharge.

Top 5 things parents should know about couplet care:
•    One nurse cares for the mother and baby
•    Baby stays with the mother in her room
•    Couplet care promotes maternal-infant bonding
•    Improves breastfeeding success
•    Personalized care provides a better education for parents to go home with confidence

The Mother-Baby unit includes 30 private rooms equipped with a bathroom, shower, television and telephone. If you are breastfeeding, you may visit with one of the lactation consultants to learn more about the nursing process. 

As of July 2017, new parents are also given the opportunity to go home with a FREE Baby Box. These boxes are being distributed at MMH in an effort to educate new parents on safe sleep practices and to provide infants with a safe sleep space. To receive a box, parents must sign-up for BabyBoxUniversity.com and then provide their nurse with the email address they used to create an account.

Each box is made of durable cardboard and comes with a mattress pad, fitted sheet, and a lid which turns the box into a keepsake after the infant outgrows the box. Click here to learn more about The Baby Box or call (432) 221-3287.

Neonatal Intensive Care

Midland Health is making several advancements towards providing an even higher level of care for children and infants. A Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) has been established in our existing Nursery Unit and two board-certified neonatologists have been hired to start caring for our younger babies today, until a designated NICU space can be developed.

A neonatologist is available 24/7 to provide care for more premature infants (born at greater than 32 weeks gestation) who would have previously been transferred out. Other capabilities include caring for sicker infants who may be on antibiotics, use a feeding tube, or need respiratory support.

Childbirth Education

We are here from the beginning, offering childbirth education classes designed to educate parents about the labor and delivery process, breastfeeding, how to care for themselves and their newborn, as well as preparing siblings for becoming big brothers and sisters.

Click here for more information on the childbirth classes we offer.

Pediatrics

The Pediatric Unit is located on the sixth floor of Midland Memorial Hospital. The beautifully decorated unit consists of 12 beds. Two of these rooms have full hemodynamic (blood flow) and cardiac monitoring capability. The pediatric unit is fully staffed with experienced nurses that have been trained to care for children of all ages and trained in pediatric advanced life support (PALS). The unit also consists of a playroom for children to use while being hospitalized as well as Janet’s Closet, a special place for children who have had a traumatic experience or procedure to pick out something special. Parent support is very important for any child hospitalized and we encourage parents to stay and help care for their child.

Lactation Services

Our lactation (breastfeeding) program supports the nutritional needs of future generations and is the only one of its kind in west Texas. Full time licensed nurses with years of experience are available to work with our new moms and give them the encouragement and support needed for successful breastfeeding.

Attending a childbirth education class before your baby is born will help you understand breastfeeding and may prevent difficulties down the road.

Physicians, nurses, or others may refer patients to our lactation department. We work closely with these health professionals coordinating efforts to assure both mother's and baby's well being. If you are breastfeeding, you may visit with one of the lactation consultants to learn more about the nursing process.

Contact information:

Labor & Delivery

(432) 221-3260

Mother-Baby

(432) 221-3279

Nursery

(432) 221-3266

Childbirth Education       

(432) 221-3283

Pediatrics

(432) 221-3355

Lactation Services

(432) 221-2160