At UMC, we encourage a mother-led birthing experience. Our physicians, nurses, and support staff are here to support your birthing preferences and ensure a healthy delivery for you and your baby.
The Labor and Delivery suites in the newly constructed East Tower feature private rooms, foldout sleeper chairs for loved ones, and other amenities to make your delivery and recovery more comfortable.
Specially certified doulas give one-on-one support to laboring women by providing non-medical support in the form of physical and emotional care. The continuous support of a doula results in shorter labor, less need for pain medication, and fewer complications. Doulas are available free of charge for anyone giving birth in our Family Birth Center. To schedule a doula, call us at 806.775.8234 by your 26th week of pregnancy. If you already scheduled a doula and changed your mind, that's okay! Please call the same number to let us know.
You have a variety of options to help you through labor. Natural techniques include focused walking, hydrotherapy, birth balls, squatting bars, breathing techniques, aromatherapy, massage and music. You may also want to try different yoga positions to alleviate discomfort. Epidural and medicinal options are also available.
We'll provide the breastfeeding support you need to get off to a successful start. You can read more about what we offer, as well as breastfeeding facts and tips, here on our website under Breastfeeding.