Prenatal, Labor, Birth, & Postpartum Care

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Prental care

The transition to motherhood is an important experience unique to each woman. At East Dallas Birth & Wellness, the goal of prenatal care is to prepare women and families for this formative event in a safe, supportive environment. In addition to standard prenatal care, a woman receives individualized care, adapted to her own needs. All visits, labs, and sonograms can be performed in the comfort of the birth center.

 
 

Aspects of Prenatal Care:

  • Standard prenatal visit schedule and routine labs

  • Blood pressure, weight, fetal heart beat and growth assessments

  • Nutrition and exercise counseling

  • Labor and birth preparation

 

Labor and birth Care

At East Dallas Birth & Wellness, we honor the birth process as a normal, physiologic event needing minimal interventions. Monitoring during labor is done in a safe, non-invasive method to avoid interrupting the natural birthing process. Interventions are performed only if medically necessary. Women have the opportunity to move freely, eat and drink as desired, and use a variety of comfort measures, including soaking in the large birthing tub. The woman is ultimately in control of her labor and birth.

Aspects of Labor & Birth:

  • Standard fetal heart rate and maternal assessments

  • Choice of movement, comfort measures, birth positions, and support team

  • Nutrition & hydration as desired

  • Waterbirth

  • Delayed cord clamping

  • Emergency equipment and medications available

  • 2 minutes from Baylor University Medical Center Dallas

 
 

immediate postpartum care

The moment immediately after birth is a special time for family bonding, as well as a time of monitoring a newborn’s transition to the new world. Routine assessments on the mother and newborn are performed with minimal interruption. Newborn bonding is fostered by promoting uninterrupted skin-to-skin contact and delaying newborn procedures. Once considered stable, the woman and her newborn can return home, usually 2-3 hours after birth, to snuggle in their own bed and rest.

Aspects of Immediate Postpartum Care:

  • Routine newborn and maternal assessments

  • Uninterrupted skin-to-skin contact

  • Comprehensive newborn exam

  • Delayed newborn procedures

  • Breastfeeding support and counseling

 
 

Postpartum care

Lots of change and adjustment, physically and emotionally, occurs in the postpartum period as mother, newborn, and family adjust to the new life. At East Dallas Birth & Wellness, we provide individualized postpartum care until 8 weeks, with 3 different scheduled visits: a 2-3 day home visit, a 2-3 week birth center visit, and a 6-8 week birth center visit. The frequent contact enables us to promote optimal health and healing in the woman.

Aspects of Postpartum Care:

  • Standard maternal assessments

  • Emotional support

  • Postpartum depression and anxiety screening

  • Breastfeeding support and counseling

  • Family planning

  • Annual exam, with pap smear if necessary