Regional Maternal Child Health Program

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Giving Birth at UTMB

Every birth is special. The care you will receive at UTMB is designed to give you, your baby and your family a safe and satisfying birth experience. We consider it an honor to be part of the birth of your baby.

 UTMB provides a family-centered child birth experience that includes labor, delivery and recovery in a comfortable setting for normal and low-risk maternity patients. For high risk pregnancies or for those who experience complications, UTMB has specialists available 24 hours a day for both mother and baby.

The UTMB Birth Team includes:

  • Certified Nurse-Midwives (CNM) care for normal and low-risk maternity patients
  • Obstetricians care for selected maternity patients
  • Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialists are always available to provide care for high-risk maternity patients.
  • Registered nurses who are specially trained in mother-baby care
  • Neonatologists and Pediatricians provide expert newborn care
  • Anesthesiologists are available, in-house, 24 hours a day to provide anesthesia (including epidurals).
  • Spanish speaking staff

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The Perinatal Residence

At UTMB, pregnant women are given both the medical and emotional support they need to help them have healthier babies.

The Regional Perinatal Residence, located one block from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB), is available for high-risk pregnant women who are referred by their health care provider. Pregnant women may stay in the Residence as long as medically necessary or until they deliver their baby at UTMB.

The Residence is operated by the UTMB Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology (OB/GYN). The facility is a two-story, apartment-like home that has been designed to accommodate 20 high-risk pregnant women. A worker who speaks both English and Spanish is available at the Residence at all times.

Reservations must be arranged by the pregnant woman's health care provider or clinic prior to admission.

Why Have Your Baby at UTMB?

  1. You will be considered a UTMB patient throughout your entire pregnancy.   Even though there may be a hospital more conveniently located to your home, UTMB is ready and waiting to take care of you.
  2. Bilingual staff is available 24 hours a day/ 7days a week.
  3. UTMB has highly qualified; specialized physicians, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to meet your needs for anesthesia. Epidurals are available around the clock.
  4. Certified nurse midwives are available to care for women with normal pregnancies.
  5. Highly trained specialists and specialized equipment are always, immediately available at UTMB, should you or your baby experience complications.
  6. At UTMB, tubal ligation is available to you the same day or the day after you deliver your baby.  This service is not offered at all hospitals.
  7. Follow-up appointments are made for you and your baby BEFORE you leave the hospital.
  8. The Residence, a hotel-like setting, is available for out-of-town prenatal patients who may need to stay in Galveston before delivery.
  9. You are not a "drop-in" patient at UTMB RMCHP; you are OUR patient throughout your pregnancy.  We WANT to take care of you at UTMB.