Specializing in High-Risk Births
The Birthing Center of South Texas at McAllen Medical Center is dedicated to providing the best possible care to mothers and their babies. With more than 35 years of delivering babies, our goal is to make your childbirth experience as comfortable and safe as possible.
The Birthing Center's highly trained and experienced staff provides personalized care for mother and baby, as well as the entire family. Staff combines clinical excellence, advanced medical technology and personal attention to help make childbirth an even more memorable experience. Our specialized nurses are trained in advanced cardiac life support; basic, intermediate and advanced fetal monitoring; triage, charge, surgery and recovery care; perinatal, lactation and postpartum education; and early baby care, including sudden infant and death syndrom (SIDS), shaken baby syndrome and postpartum depression.
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
With a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) adjacent to Labor and Delivery, you'll have the peace of mind of knowing we're ready in case your baby has special needs. Our NICU staff specializes in high-risk deliveries and neonatal care.
From Antepartum to Postpartum
Reasons to choose The Birthing Center of South Texas at McAllen Medical Center include the following:
- Pregnancy services, including pregnancy testing, ultrasound and amniocentesis
- Birthing Center tours
- Childbirth preparation classes in English or Spanish
- Special labor and delivery entrance for speed and convenience
- Birthing Center waiting room for families
- Comfortable five-bed triage area where we evaluate the progress of your labor
- Beautiful, comfortable and efficient private labor and delivery suites
- New operating rooms with advanced equipment
- 24/7 in-house services: neonatologists; pain management; surgical team
- Trauma-designated facility specializing in high-risk births
- Antepartum unit
- Lactation consultants to assist with mom and baby's first days together
- Infant security system (HUGS)
- In-house newborn hearing screening
- High reliability unit for increased patient safety
- Electronic Security System
- Advanced fetal monitoring equipment
- Online parenting website
- Special meals for new parents
There's a lot to know when you're expecting a baby. That's why we offer childbirth preparation classes in both English and Spanish that will provide you with a wide range of helpful information you can take home with you.
Texas Mother-Friendly Worksite
McAllen Medical Center is part of a growing number of Texas businesses by being a designated Texas Mother-Friendly Worksite. As a mother-friendly employer, McAllen Medical Center proactively supports employees who choose to breastfeed their infants by providing time, space, and other assistance to help them maintain breastfeeding after returning to work. Employers who provide Mother-Friendly Worksites benefit from increased employee retention, lower absenteeism, higher morale, greater productivity, reduced healthcare costs and improved short- and long-term health of the breastfeeding mother and her child.
The Texas Mother-Friendly Program, administered by the Texas Department of State Health Services, recognizes employers with written policies reflecting their support for their breastfeeding employees. Such policies provide work schedule flexibility to allow milk expression breaks; offer a private space other than a bathroom, where the employee can pump or breastfeed; and ensure easy access to a clean water source and hygienic milk storage arrangements.
Texas Ten Step
McAllen Medical Center is a designated Texas Ten Step facility, meaning that we encourage breastfeeding for new moms, as the long-term health benefits of breastfeeding for both babies and mothers are numerous. According to Texas Ten Step, breastfeeding is linked to decreased sickness and mortality for babies, as well as decreased risk for maternal illness. Being a Texas Ten Step also means our staff and physicians emphasize safety and effectiveness in the Birthing Center.
McAllen Family Practice Residency Program
The Birthing Center at McAllen Medical Center does more than deliver babies. It also helps train the next generation of physicians in labor and delivery, as well as in prenatal care.