The Women’s Center - Houston’s birthplace
Not only do we have decades of experience behind us, we also have some of Houston’s best board certified physicians on staff to assure that you and your baby are well taken care of during this joyful time in your lives.
St. Joseph Women’s Center is a dedicated hospital located on the 1.2 million-sq.-ft. campus of St. Joseph Medical Center in the heart of Downtown Houston – easily accessible from every major highway. It is a beautiful setting for you and your family to enjoy the birth of your child while receiving personalized and attentive care.
At the Women’s Center, proper preparation for your child’s birth can be as convenient as it is sensible and informative. Even if you’ve already had other children, there’s usually something new to learn and updated procedures of which you should be aware. There are several ways we can assist you in getting ready for your new baby, including:
- Breastfeeding Classes - This class prepares parents for the miracle of the birth process. Facility Tour included.
- Childbirth Classes - This class offers every mom guidance in pursuit of a successful breastfeeding experience.
- Baby Basics Classes - This class will help make new parents feel more comfortable caring for their newborn at home.
Small group tours are offered by appointment at no cost. Expectant couples will be able to see the the Women’s Center and learn where to go, where to park and what to expect once you arrive at our hospital. All tours of the Women’s Center must be scheduled in advance.
You may schedule a tour or class under the Classes/Event tab at the top of this webpage. For questions about the classes, please call the Women’s Center at 713-756-5601. For Spanish language tours, call 281-757-7176.
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.