When three mothers of triplets all delivered on the same day, we were ready. The Woman’s Hospital of Texas handles more multiple births than any other hospital in the region. Recognizing that mothers expecting multiples have a different set of challenges, our Education Department offers a variety of classes and support groups to help support a healthy multiple gestational pregnancy.
Classes for multiple babies
Carrying and caring for more than one baby can be a challenge, so we provide some helpful classes for caregivers. You can register for classes and events by signing up for or logging into your MyHealthOne account, where you can pay for the class or event, and receive a registration receipt, and confirmation email. Classes fill quickly, so be sure to register early. If you need to cancel or make changes to your registration, please notify us as soon as possible. A 25% service charge for class cancellations applies. We provide free parking during classes, which meet on a regular schedule excluding holidays.
Marvelous Multiples class covers everything our regular childbirth class has to offer, in addition to a focus on having twins or higher order multiples. You will receive a book and plenty of resources to take home. We recommend that you attend early in the second trimester of your pregnancy.
- Hospital tour
- Tips for achieving a healthy multiple pregnancy
- Physical and emotional changes of multiple pregnancy
- Signs of labor and the labor process
- Fetal monitoring
- Techniques for coping with labor
- Induction of labor
- Preterm labor and what actions you can take
- Cesarean birth
- Pain medications for labor and birth
- Assisted vaginal delivery (forceps, vacuum extractor)
- Postpartum recovery and lifestyle changes
- Practical information about caring for more than one newborn
- Community resources for families with multiples
Participants should bring 2 pillows to class and are also encouraged to attend “Life with Baby,” “Infant CPR and Safety,” “Breastfeeding,” and “Breastfeeding Multiples” classes.
Expecting twins, triplets, or more? Providing mother’s milk to more than one baby is a challenge, but can be done. To learn how to be as successful as possible, attend this supplemental class for those expecting and planning to breastfeed multiples. All participants will need to know the basics of breastfeeding before attending. We recommend having taken our free online breastfeeding class, as well our Breastfeeding Basics and Beyond course.
Healthy eating and consuming adequate calories is even more important for a woman expecting twins, triplets, or more. This class is free for moms delivering at The Woman’s Hospital of Texas and will provide the following information:
- Healthy Eating
- Maximizing Calories
- Consuming Adequate Protein, Calcium and Fiber
- Patients Receive a Personalized Meal Plan
For a class schedule or to register, please call number listed below:
Multiple birth support groups and communities
The Education Department at The Woman’s Hospital of Texas provides support groups to help families handle the psychological and emotional changes that come with newborn care and parenthood. All our support groups are free of charge. No registration is required to attend. Parking will be validated. Excluding holidays, support groups meet on a regular schedule.
Birth, Baby, and Beyond is an informal meeting of expectant mothers, fathers, new parents, and babies up to one-year of age. Dedicated to creating a supportive environment, BBB is designed to facilitate knowledge-sharing, relationship development and community-building among mothers and other experts involved in baby-related fields. We discuss issues of concern such as sleeping, crying, feeding, and family dynamics. Some weeks feature guest speakers.
A state organization of local clubs for the parents of multiple birth children. The organization promotes multiple births awareness, research participation, and the exchange ideas and information with parents of multiples throughout Texas. For information visit TMOM.info.
Multiple birth resources and services
The Woman’s Hospital of Texas offers a variety of educational resources and medical services individualized for your special needs as you navigate your pregnancy with multiples.
The Woman's Hospital of Texas Multiples’ Clinic provides comprehensive, supportive care to mothers who are expecting twins, triplets, or more. Our expert team of medical providers specializes in care for women with multiple gestation pregnancies and offers maternal-fetal medicine consultations. Our goal is to ensure that your pregnancy is a positive, exciting experience and most of all safe.
Our Multiples Clinic is a family-centered environment where proven practices in maternal-fetal medicine give multiple births' parents and children the specialized care they require. Come in at 14-weeks for:
- Maternal-fetal medicine consultations from HPA physicians
- Level II ultrasound
- Genetic counseling
- Personalized nutritional counseling
Many mothers of multiples require early bed rest and sometimes early admission to the hospital for monitoring. Our Antepartum Unit provides expectant mothers with a home-away-from-home. We can help with issues common to multiple births, such as:
- Multiple baby monitoring
- Pre-term labor
- Pregnancy-induced hypertension
- Gestational diabetes, chronic diabetes, and Type II diabetes
- Premature rupture of membranes
Multiples often encounter challenges like prematurity and low birth weight, which means they sometimes require care in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). The Woman’s Hospital of Texas provides the highest level of care available for newborns who are premature, critically-ill or have a life threatening health condition through our Level IV NICU.
Nutrition education is provided by Registered Dietitians who are part of our Diabetes Self Management Program. They specialize in preconception nutrition, pregnancy meal planning, caloric intake with multiples, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), and management of type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes, and gestational diabetes. Form more information contact number below: