First-time mom Crystal Garcia chose to have her baby at Doctors Hospital of Laredo because she’d heard good things about it and it is close to her home. She had a smooth pregnancy and was excited at her 38th week appointment when her doctor told her the baby was ready to be delivered. She checked in at Doctors Hospital just after noon that day with her husband, Enrique, who never left her side.
“From when I got to the hospital to check in, everybody was very encouraging,” says Crystal. “Anything I needed, they were there.” While many caregivers assisted in her baby’s birth, one nurse in particular stayed with her the whole time. Having this steady presence throughout the delivery process was extra reassuring, Crystal recalls. “She was awesome, very supportive,” Crystal says.
In addition to the attentive care from the staff, the actual delivery really stood out, Crystal says. Two or three nurses were in the room with her, along with Enrique and her doctor, Juan Montalvo, MD.
“It was like a team that I had cheering me on, saying, ‘Come on, let’s do this. You’ve got this,’” Crystal says. “It was a very quick labor and delivery. I never thought it was going to be this simple. They just made it so much easier, and not so complicated.”
Crystal gave birth to a healthy baby boy at 6:46 p.m. on May 11, 2016. Daniel Harvey weighed 6 lbs., 9 oz. He was named for Enrique’s late brother, who was with the 82nd Airborne and passed away in 2000. “It was a special moment,” Crystal says of Daniel’s birth.
Crystal says she knew from the start that she wanted to breastfeed. “I said if I can, I definitely will,” she recalls. She had the total support of the Doctors Hospital staff, which is designated as a Texas Ten Step Program facility for its comprehensive breastfeeding program.
Education about breastfeeding starts well before babies arrive during prenatal classes, explains Lupita Cisneros, RN, Labor and Delivery/Post Partum Manager. In the delivery room, “skin to skin” contact is encouraged right away to support bonding and promote breastfeeding, Cisneros says. “I was able to hold my baby immediately,” Crystal remembers.
Today, Daniel is doing great, says Crystal, 32. He loves to eat and talk. “He’s a happy baby,” she says.
“I would just like to say that my whole experience was amazing,” Crystal says. “The hospital was just fantastic. I would definitely recommend it.”
What To Expect at Doctors Hospital
Experience you can trust.
You have help preparing for your baby’s arrival with free prenatal classes. We support you after your delivery as well, including help with breastfeeding. Last year, 2,583 babies were delivered here.
Comfortable, family-friendly facilities.
Private labor and delivery suites provide a soothing environment for mom and visitors. Also, private postpartum suites have been renovated to include amenities like a mini fridge and recliners, for extra comfort.
Skilled, specialized care.
Our Level III NICU is supported by neonatologists who provide specialized care for babies born prematurely or with special needs. “We help moms not just with taking care of their babies but with their needs as well,” says Gilda Villarreal, RN, Nursery/NICU Manager.
Support in the community.
The Nueva Vida (New Life) Maternity Clinic on Corpus Christi Street in Laredo provides prenatal care to expectant moms and is partnered with the BCSF Healthy Start program, which offers a mobile unit. These options help many moms receive care closer to home and then deliver their babies at Doctors Hospital, says OB Clinic Supervisor Diana G. Amaro, RN, BSN.
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