Pregnancy Obstetrical Care
We are the leaders in Women’s Care
At the Women’s Clinic of South Texas, we proudly offer comprehensive, board certified obstetric services for you and your baby. You will receive personalized physician care throughout your pregnancy, including your delivery and any follow-up visits.
Our institution takes great pride in providing obstetrical care with emphasis to the special needs of high-risk pregnancies.
We offer our patients a 4D Ultrasound/Sonogram and DVD recording in real-time for $100. The 4D-Ultrasound recorded on a DVD is taken, between the 24th week and the 28th week of pregnancy. All patients will receive a real-time recording of the procedure in the form of an unedited DVD.
- Prenatal Counseling
- Care of the high-risk or complicated
- Sonograms/Ultrasound (including
our advanced 3D Ultrasound and
- Amniocentesis Testing
- Family Planning
Ultrasound or Sonogram Service
Ultrasound or Sonogram Service is not intended to serve as a diagnostic tool or study. The sole purpose of this service is to provide our patients with an entertaining memento/DVD of the pregnancy. Although this technique may be used in certain clinical settings, the Women’s Clinic of South Texas is not performing this service with a clinical indication, purpose, or for interpretation, it is only used as an entertainment tool.
Hospital Information for Pregnancy/Obstetrics
Our preferred hospital is Women’s Doctors Hospital, located in Dove and McColl Rd, Edinburg. In the event of any emergencies for pregnancies beyond 20 weeks or 5 months gestation, please present to the Triage Department of the Women’s Doctors Hospital.
For pregnancies of 19 weeks or less or less than 5 months gestation, report to the Emergency Room of the main hospital, across the street, at Doctors Hospital at Renaissance.
Childbirth Classes/Lamaze Classes: Available at the hospital, free of charge. For details, times and frequency, please call 956-688-4689.
For Tours of the hospital with emphasis on Labor and Delivery and Postpartum Suites, call 956-688-4000.
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Birthing / Lamaze Classes
Classes are free. They are available in both, English and Spanish. Snacks are served during classes and they are held in the conference room. Extended classes for couples are also available on certain dates.
If you are having a child for the first time, it is easy to feel overwhelmed by questions, fears, and just not knowing what to expect. Many new parents find that birthing classes can really help calm their worries and answer many questions.
These classes cover all kinds of issues surrounding childbirth including breathing techniques, pain management, vaginal birth, and cesarean birth. They can help prepare you for many aspects of childbirth: for the changes that pregnancy brings, for labor and delivery, and for parenting once your baby is born.
Typically, new parents take birthing classes during the third trimester of the pregnancy, when the mother is about 7 months pregnant. But there are a variety of different classes which begin both sooner and later than that. It’s a good idea to talk with your doctor about the different kinds of classes that are offered in your community.
For more information call
Doctors Hospital at Renaissance at (956) 688-4689.
The classes are typically every other Saturday from 1:00pm-6pm
Benefits of Taking a Childbirth Class
A childbirth class can provide you with a great forum to ask lots of questions and can help you make informed decisions about key issues surrounding your baby’s birth. Some of the information you can find out from a birthing class includes: How your baby is developing Healthy developments in your pregnancy Warning signs that something is wrong How to make your pregnancy, labor, and delivery more comfortable Breathing and relaxation techniques How to tell when you are in labor Pain relief options during labor What to expect during labor and delivery The role of the coach or labor partner Many classes also address what to expect after the baby is born, including breastfeeding, baby care, and dealing with the emotional changes of new parenthood. You might also find support from other expectant couples at a childbirth class. Who would better understand the ups and downs of pregnancy than couples who are going through them, too? Many people find friends in their childbirth class who last long past the birth of their child. If your birth coach is also the baby’s father, taking a class together can mean his increased involvement in the pregnancy, and can act as a good bonding experience. Like the mother, the father can also benefit from knowing what to expect when the mother goes into labor – and how to assist in that process. Some classes have one session just for fathers, where men can discuss their own concerns about pregnancy and birth. There are also classes geared just for new fathers. Some classes even offer a special session for new grandparents, which is a great way to get them involved in the process and to make sure they’re up on the latest in baby care techniques and safety. Of course, some people get more out of childbirth classes than others do. But even if you find the techniques you’re taught don’t work for you when you finally go into labor, you may get other benefits from the class. The common goal of all birthing classes is to provide you with the knowledge and confidence you need to give birth and make informed decisions. This includes reducing your anxiety about the birth experience, as well as providing you with a variety of coping techniques to aid in pain management. Remember that the ultimate goal is to have a healthy mom and healthy baby.
What Types of Classes Are Available?
Many childbirth classes embrace a particular philosophy about pregnancy and birth. The two most common methods of childbirth breathing, relaxation, and exercise in the United States are the Lamaze technique and the Bradley method. The Lamaze technique is the most widely used method in the United States. The Lamaze philosophy holds that birth is a normal, natural, and healthy process and that women should be empowered through education and support to approach it with confidence. The goal of Lamaze is to explore all the ways women can find strength and comfort during labor and birth. Classes focus on relaxation techniques, but they also encourage the mother to condition her response to pain through training and preparation (this is called psychoprophylaxis). This conditioning is meant to teach expectant mothers constructive responses to the pain and stress of labor (for example, controlled breathing patterns) as opposed to counterproductive responses (such as holding the breath or tensing up). Other techniques, such as distraction (a woman might be encouraged to focus on a special object from home or a photo, for example) or massage by a supportive coach, are also used to decrease a woman’s perception of pain. Lamaze courses don’t advocate for or against the use of drugs and routine medical interventions during labor and delivery, but instead educate mothers about their options so they can make informed decisions when the time comes.
When Should I Start Taking a Birthing Class?
In addition to offering many techniques and curricula, birthing classes also vary greatly in terms of duration. You’ll find classes that begin during the first trimester and focus on all the changes that pregnancy brings; 5- to 8-week courses offered late in pregnancy aimed at educating parents mostly about labor, delivery, and postpartum issues; and one-time-only refresher courses for repeat parents. Most parents opt for a course that meets about six or seven times in the last trimester for 1 1/2 to 2 hours per session, or for full-day versions that take place over one or two weekends. What’s important to remember is that a variety of options are often offered, so be sure and find one that fits your needs.
Choosing a Birthing Class
The type of class that’s right for you depends on your personality and beliefs, as well as those of your labor partner. There is no one correct method. If you’re the kind of person who likes to share and is eager to meet people, you might like a smaller, more intimate class designed for couples to swap stories and support each other. If you don’t like the idea of sharing in a small group, you might want a larger class, where the teacher does most of the talking.
Cord Blood Banking
The following is our recommended blood banking company:
Cord blood banking is an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for parents to collect and preserve the stem cells from their baby’s umbilical cord blood for potential medical uses.
By saving your baby’s stem cells, your child and family can have access to better medical treatment options or cures for cancers, as well as potential treatments for conditions such as brain injury and juvenile diabetes. If you choose not to bank your baby’s cord blood, it is discarded after birth.
Today, cord blood stem cells have been used successfully in the treatment of over 70 life-threatening diseases.
When you bank your baby’s cord blood, you are making a choice that could potentially provide a lifesaving treatment for your child or a family member.
Your baby’s cord blood is a valuable source of non-controversial stem cells; the building blocks of our blood and immune systems. Cord blood stem cells, like bone marrow stem cells, are free of political and ethical debate. The value and benefits of stem cells found in umbilical cord blood are clear; cord blood collection saves lives today and medical researchers are exploring new uses for umbilical cord blood stem cells for tomorrow, including diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.
Storing your newborn’s cord blood means that should there be a need, your baby will have a source of stem cells that is an exact match, with no risk of rejection. There is also a strong possibility that his/her siblings will be a match as well. This is important because clinical studies demonstrate that stem cell transplants are twice as successful when the stem cells come from a family member rather than from a non-relative (e.g., a public bank).
Cord blood preservation is a simple, painless procedure that can take place after a vaginal or cesarean birth. After you enroll you will receive a kit with everything you and your doctors need for a successful cord blood collection. You’ll keep your kit with your prepacked hospital luggage so it will be ready when the big day arrives.
After your baby is born, your obstetrician or midwife will clamp or cut the cord and then collect the cord blood. The blood will flow into the bag by gravity until it stops. The actual collection typically takes three to five minutes.
After the cord blood has been collected, the blood bag is then clamped, sealed, and clearly labeled for easy identification. Your baby’s cord blood will then be transferred to a processing facility by private medical courier for processing and storage. Collection, processing, and preservation methods vary depending on which cord blood company your family chooses.
Families who bank enjoy the peace of mind of knowing that their baby’s cord blood is available should the need for a medical transplant ever arise.
The process is simple, and once you decide which company to use, all you need to do is bring the kit to the hospital with you. The doctor will collect it for you free of charge and the hospital personnel will make the necessary arrangements for the pick up and mailing of the cord blood.