First Class Women's Center at St. Joseph
The St. Joseph Women’s Center is a separate facility connected via skywalk to the 1.2 million square foot campus of St. Joseph Medical Center. We provide a beautiful setting for you and your family to enjoy the birth of your child. Our campus is an easy exit from Highway 59, 288, I-10, the Hardy toll road, and I-45. When you arrive, our concierge staff will direct you to the OB triage area where you will be greeted and assessed before moving to your room.
We also offer maternity tours to help orient you to the hospital before the baby’s arrival.
Accomodations & Suites Provided At St. Joseph Women's Center
We offer all private rooms in our Women’s Center. Should you need more room for your family to take part in this experience, please ask your patient access representative for information. Understanding that families are the most important part of our lives, we want to make sure everyone you want to be with you can enjoy this special occasion.
The safe delivery of your baby and a complete recovery for you is our top priority. We believe it’s important that the same nursing staff care for you and your baby during your stay. This assures that you have complete knowledge of everything that is planned for you and your baby from the same communication source whenever possible. We want you to have complete confidence in your care team.
The Suite Life
Should you choose to take advantage of The Suites at St. Joseph Women’s Center, you will receive the same great service that every woman receives, but will be afforded a larger space in which you and your family can enjoy the celebration of this new arrival.
Two room suites and a larger “junior” suite are available for an extra charge. As you arrive at the hospital for delivery, please talk with your patient access representative to find out how you can enjoy the amenities of the suites, depending on availability.
Whether you’re having your first baby or your third baby, you probably have questions. Classes are offered in both Spanish and English, as well as in a group and individual settings. Our nurses will be happy to answer your questions about pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, and more in the following classes:
- Caesarean Birth
For more detailed information about classes, please call the Women’s Center at 713-757-7477.
Women's Center Newsletter
In addition to taking a private or group class, many women choose to sign up for Silhouette, our free pregnancy eNewsletter. This newsletter is packed dense with information custom-tailored to your stage in pregnancy.
Silhouette provides valuable and relevant information that helps you with everything from diet and exercise to preparing your home for a new baby.
St. Joseph Offers A Level II and III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
Healthcare For Our Newborn Patients
The Small Wonders Team at St. Joseph Medical Center cares for infants who have critical needs or who are premature. The 35-bed unit can be overwhelming. It is filled with state-of-the-art equipment that seems over-large and loud next to these small babies. We encourage parents to ask questions and become comfortable with the environment in order to provide comfort and reassurance to your Small Wonder(s).
While your baby is in the NICU, we encourage you to spend as much time as possible with your baby. We respect your cultural and family values in making healthcare decisions. Please ask us for any information you need in making decisions.
Parents are asked to check in with staff each time they arrive at the NICU. Two members of the family (mother and father/significant other) will be issued an arm band which must be worn at all times during the hospitalization.
Rules for Visiting the NICU
- All visitors, before entering the NICU, are asked to roll up their sleeves and wash their hands and arms thoroughly to reduce the chance of infection for the babies.
- Parents are encouraged to visit as often as possible. There will be times when the unit is closed to visitors: for instance during nursing shift changes, 6-8 a.m. and 6-8 p.m. or when any baby is having a special procedure.
- We especially encourage “Kangaroo Care” which is holding the baby skin to skin.
- Only two visitors per family at a time, please. One visitor, age 16 or older, may be accompanied by the baby’s parent.
- Brothers and sisters age 2 and over may visit by appointment. The children must be screened by our staff for the risk of infection; please bring immunization records. Children 16 and under, who are not siblings, are not allowed in the NICU.
- There is a NICU waiting room with a television. Vending machines are located nearby.
- We have a lactation room, pumps and a freezer available to nursing mothers. Please let your nurse know if you need to see our Lactation Consultant.
- Visitors are not allowed if they have a cold or fever or have been exposed to a contagious disease.