Having a baby?
Ennis Regional Medical Center wants to provide the best care for you and your baby before birth and during your hospital stay. Highly skilled physicians, nurses and healthcare professionals provide family centered care in a state-of-the-art facility.
Because you have specific needs and concerns, you want choices about the way your baby is delivered. ERMC can offer you these choices. And whatever you choose, you can be assured that at ERMC you’ll have your baby in a warm, caring, family-centered atmosphere.
ERMC has three Board Certified Obstetricians, two Pediatricians and two Family Medicine Physicians covering our moms and children.
As the only obstetric unit in Ellis County, The Childbirth Center at Ennis Regional Medical Center has been designed to serve the community as a mother/baby unit.
With 10 LDRP (Labor / Delivery / Recovery / Postpartum ) rooms, all within close proximity to the nurses' station. This arrangement enhances our ability to respond rapidly to patient or family needs throughout the birth experience. Each room is private and spacious with private bathrooms. The rooms also have a "sleep chair", so a spouse or significant support person is able to stay at the bedside and have more opportunity to bond with the newborn and share in these precious first days of life. The father or support person is also encouraged to get involved in the educational process and newborn care. Your nurse will assist you with feeding, any baby care questions you may have and instruct you on your personal care once you leave the hospital.
The unit is equipped with state-of-the-art monitors. These monitors provide a greater monitoring capability through sensors that can monitor the fetal heart rate in a wider range, reducing the interruption to reposition the monitor on the mother's abdomen. Each of these monitors is equipped to monitor twins, provide continuous maternal ECG (heart rhythm patterns), oxygen levels and blood pressures. In the past each of these functions required additional machinery at the bedside. The comprehensive information from each of these monitors is displayed through a central system at the nurses' station so the nursing staff can simultaneously evaluate the well-being of all laboring patients and their unborn child(ren) without unnecessarily disturbing them. The information is also displayed at the bedside. The monitors have a telemetry unit, which relays the information to a bedside unit for continuous monitoring while a patient enjoys increased mobility and freedom to select an activity, such as walking in the hallways, that is more relaxing for them during labor.
Each delivery area has a warmer to provide a safe temperature-controlled environment for the newborn infant's immediate care. These units are near the bedside where the parents can observe the care their newborn receives in those important first minutes of life in the world beyond the womb.
Cesarean sections will be performed in a surgical suite. Once the new mother has recovered she will be returned to the obstetrical unit so that bonding between the mother and baby can be established.
The newborn nursery is visible from the family and visitor waiting area and the main hallway into the OB unit. Friends and neighbors can come and view the infants any time the infants are in the nursery.
With the understanding that many of the infants will be in the patient room rather than the newborn nursery we have implemented several measures to provide a secure environment for the young family. All of the newborns receive an identification band immediately following delivery, prior to leaving the delivery area, and a corresponding band is placed on the wrist of the mother and her designated support person. Individuals with matching bands are the only persons who can receive the infant from the nursery. Additionally, an electronic security system monitors the location of each infant. Should an infant be located in the immediate vicinity of an exit, the exits would lock and an alarm sounds in the unit. Cameras have been installed near the major exits to the unit to enable the staff to observe the exit hallways.
You may request to schedule a tour of the unit by calling 469.256.2330. A tour of the unit is also offered as a part of the Childbirth Classes at ERMC.
For comfort, well-being, security, and excellent care, The Childbirth Center at Ennis Regional Medical Center is the place for you.