Recovery from Labor and Delivery
Our Postpartum Unit (PPU) cares for mothers and their babies after a problem-free delivery. We realize these moments are very special, and we feel privileged to be a part of it. That is why we support your ideal birthing experience from the start of your labor until you leave our care.
You will meet your postpartum nurse once you transfer from Labor and Delivery to your postpartum room. Want your little one with you 24/7? No problem. Want some nap time? Want lots of visitors or just a few? That’s fine, too. We’re here to accommodate your wishes and needs while we monitor your recovery.
Each private room includes a bed, sofa, TV and any necessary monitoring equipment. Wi-Fi is available throughout the hospital, so you can post photos from your laptop or tablet to keep family and friends updated. During nursing shift changes, your current and on-coming nurse will meet at your bedside for reports and to discuss your goals and expectations. Is also your time to let us know what goals you may have.
New mothers generally stay 48 hours after a vaginal delivery and 72 hours after a cesarean section. The health of you and your baby determines the length of your stay.
2 patients, 2 nurses
Different from many other hospitals, mothers and babies have separate nurses at The Woman’s Hospital of Texas. Even so, all postpartum nurses are educated and trained to care for both of you, and can answer all your questions. We feel this is important so you will feel comfortable keeping your baby in your room as much as you like. However your newborn is always welcome in our nursery.
Lactation consultants are available to discuss breastfeeding techniques and issues, though all of our postpartum nurses have completed many hours of breastfeeding education. Learn more about our lactation support services at Woman’s.
During your time in Postpartum, Birth Registration staff will record information for the birth certificate and submit it to the state electronically. We also offer photo packages to new families through Our365. This is in addition to the security photo taken in the newborn nursery.
Upon discharge, your nurses will give you information on how to care for yourself and your baby once you get home. We take the time to answer any question you might have.
No baby can leave the floor without alerting staff thanks to our security system. We also use additional safety measures, such as color-coded uniforms, that let us know if that staff member has permission to transport infants.