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The first hour after birth is when a baby is most alert. This is the time for skin-on-skin contact, cuddling, holding, bonding, and establishing breastfeeding.

Soon after birth, the baby will have a security device attached to his/her ankle that matches the mother’s security tag. Labor, delivery, and postpartum staff wear color-coded uniforms, and the unit is under controlled access.

East Houston Regional Medical Center is a Texas 10 Step Program facility, a designation by the Department of State Health Services in partnership with the Texas Hospital Association. The program encourages breastfeeding as the preferred method of feeding newborns. Sometimes, breastfeeding doesn’t come easily. East Houston Regional Medical Center’s certified lactation consultants can help.

To schedule a tour of the Women’s and Newborn Center, and for information on breastfeeding and childbirth education classes at East Houston Regional Medical Center, please call (713) 393-2295.