Dallas Moms Pregnancy Guide: Labor & Delivery Hospitals

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Looking up hospital reviews online is kind of treacherous. Because who loves a hospital, really? For maternity care and childbirth, here are the main factors to consider:

  • Does your doctor have admitting privileges at this facility? Try to find an OB or midwife you like who also delivers at the hospital you like.
  • How open is the hospital to your birth plan? (unmedicated, water births, VBAC, immediate skin-to-skin, etc.) Side note: At the time of publishing, the only hospital that permits water births in Dallas or Collin County is Presby Dallas.
  • What level of neonatal care can they provide? (nurseries are ranked Level I-IV, with Level IV capable of providing the highest, most acute level of care for your baby in the event of complications)

We’re pretty lucky in Dallas – the major hospitals share many of the same features when it comes to Labor & Delivery. Hotel-style private rooms, advanced security, multiple pain management options, moms and babies rooming together – these kinds of things are very standard now.

I encourage you to check out each hospital’s Labor & Delivery pages. We’ve added the basics here, but the individual hospital sites are very informative, of course. And remember, you do not have to choose the hospital closest to your house.

No matter where you deliver, make sure you are getting the care YOU need, not just baby! Enlist your partner or support person to help you advocate.

Medical City Dallas

Centrally located: 7777 Forest Lane, Dallas, TX 75230, (972) 566-2252

  • Level IV NICU; PICU; congenital heart surgery unit; Fetal Care Center for unborn babies with congenital anomalies (on of the few centers in the world with this capability)
  • Neonatologists and pediatric anesthesiologists on-site 24 hours a day
  • Private Rooms, Luxury Suite upgrades available
  • Lactation Support, including outpatient Lactation Clinic (972) 566-4811
  • Breast Pump Rental (972) 566-4580

Medical City Dallas has the only Level IV NICU in the area. It also has a children’s hospital within the hospital, the only facility in Dallas with this distinction. They’re equipped for anything, basically.


Texas Health Presbyterian Dallas

Centrally located: 8160 Walnut Hill, Dallas, Texas 75231

  • Level III NICU; High Risk Pregnancy Care Unit
  • Private rooms, Luxury Suite upgrades available
  • Midwives may have privileges here
  • Immediate skin-to-skin, even after Caesarean
  • Lactation consultants available 7 days a week, daily breastfeeding classes
  • Breast Pump Rental (214) 345-2229

Take a look at their various L&D options, including pain management, birthing balls, labor bars, bathtubs, and gentle caesareans (which aim to create a birth experience more similar to vaginal birth).


Baylor University Medical Center

Located just East of Downtown: 3500 Gaston Avenue, Dallas, TX 75246

  • Level III NICU
  • Private rooms with an extra daybed
  • Midwives may have privileges here
  • Lactation consultants on staff

Methodist Dallas

Located in South Dallas/Kessler area: 1441 N Beckley Avenue, Dallas, TX 75203, (214) 947-8181

  • Level III NICU; Antepartum Unit (an 8-bed unit for long-term obstetric care); Center for Maternal and Fetal Medicine (for high-risk pregnancies)
  • Private rooms
  • Full-time neonatologists and OB hospitalists
  • Childbirth Classes and Breastfeeding Classes

William P Clements Jr. University Hospital (UT Southwestern)

Located in South Dallas: 6201 Harry Hines Blvd., Dallas, Texas 75390 214-633-4700

  • Level IIIB NICU
  • Private rooms with plenty of space for your partner or support person to sleep
  • Staff doctors and midwives available 24/7
  • Lactation consultants available 7 days a week
  • Free classes on childbirth, baby care, breastfeeding, etc. in The Women’s Resource Center

Here’s a very thorough post on midwife care at this hospital, should you choose to go that route.


Parkland Hospital

Located in South Dallas: 5200 Harry Hines Blvd., Dallas, TX 75235 (214) 590-8000

  • Level III NICU
  • Private rooms (Take a Virtual Tour of their new Labor & Delivery Rooms)
  • Routine care provided by certified nurse midwives and nurse practitioners
  • Lactation consultants
  • Childbirth classes and breastfeeding classes offered in both English and Spanish
  • On-staff Spanish translators and interpreter services

Parkland offers support programs like Dallas Healthy Start and the Nurse-Family Partnership to help those in underserved communities have a better pregnancy and birth experience.


Methodist Richardson

Located at Renner and George Bush: 2831 E President George Bush Highway, Richardson, TX 75082, (469) 204-1000

  • Level III NICU
  • Private rooms
  • Lactation consultations
  • Childbirth classes and breastfeeding classes

Medical City Plano

Just barely in Plano at: 3901 West 15th Street, Plano, TX 75075

  • Level III NICU; High Risk Pregnancy Specialists
  • Neonatologist on-site 24 hours a day; different types of pediatric therapists and specialists on staff for premature babies
  • Lactation support (Texas Ten Step program) and in-room breast pumps
  • Instant skin-to-skin contact, including after C-Section

Take a Virtual Tour here or call (972) 519-1251 to schedule a real one.


Texas Health Presbyterian Plano

Located just off the Dallas North Tollway at: 6200 Parker Road, Plano, TX 75093

Presby Plano serves Collin County, of course, but anyone living in Addison, Richardson, or North Dallas can get here quite easily. Lots and lots of details at their site – they even have a Texas Health Baby app. Go to the L&D page and start poking around from there.


Plan to pre-register for your hospital stay around 25 weeks. It’ll save you some time and effort later!

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Katie Lewis
Katie grew up in Dallas, went to SMU, and spent 10 post-college years in Austin, where she and her husband Mick welcomed Gemma in 2011 and Ryker in 2013. They all moved to central Fort Worth almost 4 years ago and have found it to be quite fun and a great place for kids. Katie is horrible at social media but will admit to a preference for her Twitter timeline these days. Favorite uses for her phone: reading library books and listening to comedy podcasts. Least favorite uses: making and receiving calls. She's forever down to watch any show that's British, supernatural, or on The CW. If you can quote Death Becomes Her, Big Business, or the 1987 Shelley Long flop Hello Again, please get in touch because you are most certainly kindred spirits.

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