January 19, 2011
For 35 years, Valley Regional Medical Center has helped welcome babies into the world.
At Valley Regional Medical Center, you will find the best care for mother and baby thanks to the comprehensive, compassionate, and caring services provided by our nursing staff and other members of our health care team. They work closely with our physicians on staff to ensure that our women's care services and programs will assist our patients in receiving the highest quality care.
Prenatal Care (Antepartum) Labor and Delivery
Over 2,000 babies are born annually at VRMC. This unit is dedicated to ensuring the comfort and well being of the expectant mother and her child with features including:
- Maternal and Child Health
- 9 Bed Labor, Delivery, and Recovery in Home-like Setting
- C-Section Operating Room on standby 24 hours a day with a specially trained staff
- High-tech OB Management System
- Newborn Care Instruction
- Gestational Diabetes Care
- Childbirth Classes
- Prenatal Classes
- Breast Feeding Classes
- Big Brother/Big Sister Classes
- Lactation Consultation
- Hospital Tour
"I really feel more secure and confident knowing that even if my doctor’s at home he’s receiving the most current information about me and my baby," said Guillermina Hernandez.
Obstetrics and Gynecology
This 31-bed unit is staffed by extensively trained and experienced nurses and is equipped to provide premier post-operative care to thousands of women annually.
For easy accessibility our Newborn Nursery is located adjacent to our Labor and Delivery Unit. All nursing staff has successfully completed the Neonatal Resuscitation Program, S.T.A.B.L.E. and breastfeeding education. Our lactation consultant (IBCLC and Texas Breastfeeding Educator) is available to help you successfully begin to breastfeed and serve as your support team during your stay. We are family oriented and strive to meet your family’s individual needs.
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
Our Neonatal Intensive Care Nursery is there to provide care to infants born who are in need of more intensive medical and nursing care than the Newborn Nursery provides. The tiniest patients; our smallest miracles at Valley Regional Medical Center are cared for in our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), a Level III unit that provides highly specialized care. Our 10-bed unit is staffed by a comprehensive team that includes board-certified Neonatologists and Neonatal Nurse Practitioners. All NICU and Newborn Nursery Staff are Certified Providers of the Neonatal Resuscitation Program.
The NICU is specially designed to support and facilitate the optimal development of its tiny patients. Breastfeeding also is strongly encouraged. A Transport Team is on 24-hour alert to handle the transfer of high-risk infants from other area hospitals. Helicopter transport for infants also is available.
Valley Regional Medical Center helps organize an annual NICU Graduation Reunion in conjunction with the March of Dimes March for Babies. The doctors, nurses, and other staff members have the opportunity to visit with the parents and babies we have cared for in our infant special care units. This reunion is a special celebration of our “smallest miracles”. Fun, games, prizes, and refreshments for all!
Prenatal Classes and Breastfeeding Classes
We now offer prenatal classes in both English and Spanish. The classes provide information about the birth process, as well as what to expect at the hospital; including medical procedures and interventions. The idea is to allow and encourage both partners to acquire the skills and confidence needed to make the birth of their baby a positive experience. Our Breastfeeding class is then offered in the afternoon as part of the prenatal class. Nutrition is discussed, as well as positions for breastfeeding, and what to expect as the milk matures and baby grows. There is ample time allowed for questions. Again, we encourage the bonding that goes with breastfeeding as well as providing the best nutrition available for baby.