Family Birthing Center

Our Family Birthing Center is a 30-bed unit designed to allow mothers and babies to stay together following birth. The center offers state-of-the-art equipment and a three-room cesarean section suite to handle most emergency situations.

In our Level I and II nurseries, skilled nursing professionals care for all but the most critically ill newborns. The specialized neonatal transport service at Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital is readily available should the need arise.

The Family Birthing Center also offers:

  • Prenatal classes and seminars
  • Lactation counseling
  • Educational programs
  • Postpartum rooms
  • Antepartum observation rooms
  • Parenting rooms

Get Prepared with our Prepared Childbirth Classes

Whether you are expecting your first child or have just given birth to your third, the Family Birthing Center at Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital has you covered with informative, interactive classes on a range of topics.

Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding is beneficial to both you and your baby. In this 2.5-hour class, we will provide techniques and tips for a successful start. Planning to return to school or work after your baby is born? We will also cover the basics of breast pumping and storage. Cost is $30.00.

Prepared Childbirth

Unsure what to expect before, during and after delivery? In this class, you will learn about the physical and emotional changes that take place during pregnancy, the stages of labor, anesthesia options, breathing techniques and much more. Cost is $70.00.

Note: You can choose from a 2.5-hour class that meets once a week for three weeks or a one-day class on a Saturday.

Maternity Tour

Delivering your baby at the Family Birthing Center at Memorial Hermann Greater Heights means comfort and peace of mind. Our modern center features state-of-the-art equipment and is designed to allow you and your baby to stay together following birth. We invite you and your partner to tour the facility and afterward to stay for an optional 20- to 30-minute session on breastfeeding. Tours are free.

Take a labor and delivery tour of Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital

Newborn Care

Wouldn’t it be nice if newborns came with instruction manuals? This 2.5 hour class is the next best thing. This class provides expectant parents with helpful skills for caring for their newborns, from general baby care to safety issues and tips for early parenting. Cost is $30.00.

New Moms and Babies Group

If you are looking for a little interaction with other new moms and their babies, this support group is for you. No advance registration is necessary; just check our schedule (via the link below) for dates and times.

Click here for more information about all of our classes, including dates and times offered, and to register.

Have questions? Call our perinatal community outreach coordinator, Carie Miller, RN, MSN, at (713) 803-6732.

Learn About Postpartum Care

To help you be better prepared for what to expect, Memorial Hermann Greater Heights offers you a free booklet via download of A New Beginning, Your Personal Guide to Postpartum Care available anytime throughout your pregnancy or after. This booklet will help you understand how to care for yourself and your baby after birth. The more knowledge you have, the more likely you will approach your personal journey with confidence and a positive perspective. Topics include:

  • Caring for Yourself Postpartum
  • Changes After Birth
  • Feeding Your Newborn
  • Breastfeeding
  • Caring for Your Newborn
  • Immunization Schedule
  • Safe Sleeping Environment
  • And More

High-Risk Obstetrics – Maternal Fetal Medicine (MFM)

Our caring staff is trained to care for all childbirth needs, including high-risk obstetrics. Should you need specialized care during your pregnancy, we offer a range of prenatal diagnostic testing and high-risk pregnancy services. Both inpatient consultation and outpatient care are available.

Services available to high-risk obstetrical patients include:

  • Prenatal testing
  • Genetic consultation
  • Pre-pregnancy counseling
  • Specialized fetal care such as diagnosis and testing for fetal anomalies and multi-fetal pregnancies (twins or more)
  • Specialized maternal care for mothers with medical disorders and prior complicated pregnancies
  • Specialized care for disorders of pregnancy such as short cervix, preterm labor, diabetes and hypertensive disorders

Please consult your OB/GYN physician to schedule any maternal fetal medicine (MFM) services you may require.

Diagnostic testing includes:

  • Comprehensive and targeted fetal ultrasound using 2-D, 3-D and 4-D imaging
  • Chorionic villus sampling
  • Amniocentesis
  • Fetal biophysical profile
  • Non-stress tests
  • Umbilical artery Doppler studies
  • DNA and enzyme analysis
  • Specialized laboratory diagnostics

Maternal-fetal medicine services are available as an outpatient every Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and 24-hour inpatient consultation is available. The MFM clinic is located on the 4th floor of the South Tower at Memorial Hermann Greater Heights, 1635 North Loop West, Houston, TX 77008.

For more information, please call the MFM clinic at (713) 867-6361.

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