Without question, this is going to be one of the happiest times of your life. University Medical Center of El Paso is proud to be a part of this special event and wants to help ensure that it is also one of the healthiest times of your life. We'd like to make your stay as comfortable as possible and provide the quality healthcare that you and your baby deserve.
At UMC, our brand new, state-of-the-art hospital just for women and babies offers you all the luxuries you’d expect from a 5-star hotel. Our beautifully decorated, Labor, Delivery, and Recovery rooms provide you and your family with privacy, comfort, and convenience. We also provide what’s known as Mother-Baby Couplet Care. Mother and baby are cared for together by one nurse in the mother's room from the time of the child’s birth, through the family’s transition to the Mother-Baby Unit and then discharge. This family/patient centered model of care promotes immediate bonding, educational opportunities, and family satisfaction.
- High-risk labor rooms
- State-of-the-art operating suites and infant security system
- All-private rooms/baths
- Bassinet for baby to stay in the mother's room after delivery
- Comfortable sleeper/recliner for “coach”
- Cozy rocking chairs for mom
- Satellite TV and wireless internet
- Bilingual staff (English and Spanish)
- Immediate access to El Paso Children’s Hospital (located just upstairs) should your baby require specialty care
Although it's nice to stay in a comfortable and welcoming environment, our most important features are the ones you may never use or see. UMC is equipped and staffed to provide quality emergency care, whenever a need arises. As a Regional Referral Center for high-risk pregnancies, our team includes:
- Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialists (high-risk pregnancy doctors)
- Anesthesiologists (pain control doctors)
- Neonatal Specialists (newborn specialty doctors)
- Obstetricians (pregnancy & childbirth doctors)
- Pediatricians (well baby doctors)
- IBCLC Lactation Consultants
These experts are available whenever needed, 24-hours-a-day, every day.
UMC is El Paso's only designated Baby-Friendly® hospital. At UMC, our entire maternity service was revamped to meet the Baby-Friendly® requirements. We have redesigned our maternity service model to keep stable mothers and babies together from birth until discharge.
The first step of the process is to provide skin-to-skin(STS) from mother and baby immediately following birth. This helps the baby adapt to life outside the mother's body. Newborn stress levels are reduced, the heart and respiratory rate stabilizes, glucose levels increase, temperature increases and the newborn starts to move toward the breast to feed. Mothers also have decreased stress and pain levels as they begin to get to know and nurture their newborn.
We delay other typical newborn procedures until the first feed. We also provide STS for stable Cesarean birth mothers sometimes immediately following the birth or within the first hour in the L&D recovery room. We also encourage a support person to attend Cesarean Births. Following these changes, we've demonstrated that over 100% percent of our mothers who deliver vaginally and by Cesarean initiate breastfeeding within the first hour after birth. Our exclusive breastfeeding rate has steadily increased from 16% in 2012 to 44% in 2016. In addition, we now have International Board Certified Consultants (IBCLC) and a cadre of Certified Lactation Consultants working both in the hospital and outpatient clinic settings to provide support to mothers.”
Our goal is to keep mothers and babies together for 23 hours per day. Following the babie’s birth, the family is transferred to the 30-bed Mother-Baby Unit. Newborn assessments, baths and other procedures are done at the bedside to assist new families in learning to care for the baby.
Sometimes mothers and babies need extra support. All high risk births are attended by the High Risk Team comprised on EPCH physicians, nurses and respiratory therapists. We also have a Newborn nursery which is used for newborns needing closer observation immediately after birth. However, most of our mothers and babies are able to stay together immediately after delivery. This is called "rooming in."