On a beautiful morning at 8:16 in Houston, TX, a baby was delivered by scheduled cesarean section weighing 6 lbs. 6 oz. The baby boy, Brayten, was born to Houston residents Andrea and Brandon Green.
The arrival of the healthy baby boy official opened the Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women at the Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston. The start of labor and delivery services at the nationally ranked children’s hospital has expanded the obstetrical and gynecological care.
The high-risk pregnancy delivery by Dr. Michael Belfort, obstetrician and gynecologist-in-chief at Texas Children’s Hospital and chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Baylor College of Medicine, and Dr. Susan Leong-Kee, BCM Obstetrics and Gynecology, went smoothly with both mother and baby doing well.
Texas Children’s has also completed a 15-story, $575-million state-of-the-art expansion, which is staffed, designed and equipped to be among the nation’s premier centers for women’s, fetal and newborn health.
The new Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women can accommodate 5,000 births annually and specializes in multiple births and high-risk pregnancies.
“What an exciting day for Texas Children’s Hospital and the culmination of our vision to improve the health of children by providing high quality, comprehensive care for mothers starting before birth,” said Mark A. Wallace, president and CEO of Texas Children’s Hospital. “This is truly a new era for Texas Children’s, because our Pavilion for Women is designed to care for women at all stages of life and we are fully committed to making a difference in women’s healthcare through treatment, research and education.”
In addition, Belfort highlighted the new facility was created to care for the most complicated pregnancies and critically ill newborns as well as serve thousands of normal deliveries annually.
“The Pavilion for Women offers unprecedented access to leading experts offering the latest treatments and most advanced technologies in obstetrics, gynecology, maternal fetal medicine, fetal surgery and neonatal medicine,” said Belfort. “This is a new paradigm for children’s hospitals, but one that is sure to become a model for care across the country.”
The Pavilion is designed to facilitate the practice of family-centered maternity care, an evidenced-based care model that involves the family throughout the birthing and postpartum care process and promotes better outcomes.
Outpatient and inpatient services for women and babies at the 1.3 million-square-foot Pavilion encompass the full continuum of care including: gynecology, fertility, obstetrics, maternal fetal medicine, fetal diagnostics and imaging, minimally invasive and open fetal surgery, women’s behavioral health, labor and delivery, and newborn care. As part of Texas Children’s, patients have access to pediatric subspecialists in 40 specialty areas.
The facility opened with 99 licensed beds and space for expansion. All of its patient rooms are private, including the Level II and Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) rooms.
BCM Obstetrics and Gynecology, the first of three OB/GYN practices to operate from the new Texas Children’s facility, is located on the third floor. Two additional top-tier OB/GYN practices, The Women’s Specialists of Houston and Partners in OB/GYN Care, are scheduled to relocate to the Pavilion later this year.
Texas Children’s Maternal and Fetal Center is located on the Pavilion’s fourth floor and is one of only a few worldwide to offer a full spectrum of maternal and fetal medicine.
Comprehensive services include management of any complex pregnancy, genetic counseling, and the full range of fetal diagnostic procedures. The Fetal Center also provides highly specialized fetal interventions and surgeries for a number of congenital malformations, and the Pavilion houses some of the most sophisticated high tech operating rooms available anywhere.
Texas Children’s is among the nation’s leaders in providing high-risk maternal care and the diagnosis and treatment of abnormalities in unborn and newborn infants.
A circular two-story sky bridge connects Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women to the hospital’s other patient care buildings. At the birth of the first baby boy, that evening the bridge glowed bright blue from temporary lights illuminated to celebrate in the arrival of the first baby. Through March 30th, the bridge lights will glow in a combination of pink and blue to honor all the babies born during Texas Children’s first week of labor and delivery services.
The completion of the Pavilion for Women culminates Texas Children’s Vision 2010 expansion, a four-year, $1.5 billion initiative that also included renovation of its Feigin Center research facilities as well as the creation of the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute, one of the world’s first basic research institutes dedicated to childhood neurological diseases, and Texas Children’s West Campus, a community pediatric hospital in suburban West Houston.