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MOMS + BABIES
ABOVE // Medical City Plano goes all-out to provide a comfortable birth experience for Mom and baby, with amenities like luxury, private postpartum rooms.
MEDICAL CITY PLANO
Moms stay loyal to Medical City Plano, thanks to a strong postpartum community that offers a weekly meet-up group, a Facebook forum moderated by a registered nurse and classes in infant care, CPR, breast pumping and feeding, plus prenatal yoga. The comprehensive range of childbirth classes makes Medical City Plano a favorite for first-time mommies in particular—weekly classes cover what to expect at each stage of labor, different birth-plan options and comfort measures like anesthesia and relaxation techniques. The hospital also offers classes for new dads, grandparents and siblings. Expecting moms beginning their seventh month of pregnancy can register online or by phone for a course. All courses (except Infant Safety & CPR) are free. When the big day comes, moms-to-be also choose Medical City Plano because it really feels more like a hotel than a hospital. Labor rooms are equipped with adjustable lighting and Spotify access so that Mom can DJ her own delivery, while the 36
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3901 W. 15th St., Plano; 972/596-6800 medicalcityplano.com BEST BIRTHING CENTER
Readers loved their experiences at Plano Birthplace (pictured at left), the only certified nurse-midwife owned and operated birth center in Plano. Mom can keep comfortable in one of the two birthing suites, each outfitted with soaking tubs, walk-in showers and beds. The fullservice midwifery care facility offers Birth Boot Camp childbirth classes as well as prenatal, postpartum and well-woman care. 5172 Village Creek Drive, Suite 101, Plano; 469/912-0727 planobirthplace.com
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BEST CHILDBIRTH CLASSES & BEST HOSPITAL TO HAVE A BABY
spacious and private postpartum suites each feature memory-foam beds, a bathroom with tub, a kitchenette, a bedroom and a lounge area. After baby arrives, you’ll likely be hungry. Order a celebratory meal or send Dad to order food from the Dine on Demand service. The hospital also offers an on-site newborn nursery, a 24-hour obstetrics hospitalist, neonatology coverage and professional photography services by Mom 365. If needed, the hospital’s Level III neonatal intensive care unit also has a cuddling program for highrisk and premature babies.
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