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Maternity services throughout the Brazos Valley

From the moment you hear that you’re going to have a baby, to when your eyes meet for the first time, our supportive staff is there for you. Our obstetricians and labor and delivery staff are passionate about caring for you and your growing family, and they are pregnancy experts you can count on. 

At St. Joseph Health, we’ve monitored thousands of pregnancies and assisted in thousands of births. Our obstetricians and nurses have the knowledge, skill, and compassion to guide you through the birth of your baby while supporting you and your family in every way possible.

We’re devoted to making your baby's birth a healthy and memorable experience. St. Joseph Health Maternity Services offers birthing suites that are warm and inviting. They’re also stocked with state-of-the-art supplies and equipment for when the time comes to deliver your precious one.

Common maternity services available to you

  • Prenatal visits: Regular check-ups and consultations with healthcare providers during pregnancy.
  • Ultrasound scans: Imaging tests to monitor fetal development and health.
  • Labor and delivery care: Assistance and medical support during childbirth.
  • Postpartum care: Follow-up care for both mother and baby after delivery.
  • Breastfeeding support: Guidance and assistance for new mothers in breastfeeding techniques.
  • Nutritional counseling: Advice on maintaining a healthy diet during pregnancy.
  • Childbirth classes: Educational sessions to prepare expectant parents for labor and delivery.
  • Prenatal testing: Screening and diagnostic tests to assess the health of the fetus.
  • Laboratory tests: Blood tests and other screenings to monitor the mother's and baby's health.

 

These services may vary depending on individual needs and health care providers.

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