Special moments happen every day at CHRISTUS Spohn, but nothing is as joyous as the arrival of a new baby. At CHRISTUS Spohn Health System, we are humbled to be a part of a family’s most important moment — the birth of their new baby. We have delivered babies for South Texas women for over 110 years, and it is a new and awe-inspiring event every time.
Care and compassion can be found in our CHRISTUS Spohn Associates who embody our mission of extending the healing ministry of Jesus Christ. Together with your doctor — nurses and technicians help our moms on their journey to motherhood — from birthing suite tours to birthing classes and from “Pondering Pregnancy” and “Birthing” newsletters to lactation consultations — we have new moms covered with information and contact phone numbers to help them feel confident for the big day. Babies can be unpredictable, and sometimes they come when they are not expected. Should your physician not be readily available when your baby is ready to make his or her appearance, our team of OB hospitalists are on-site 24/7 at our CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Corpus Christi – South location to examine you, evaluate the progress of your labor, and review test results and fetal heart rates. They will provide quality care for you and your baby until your doctor arrives or your baby is delivered.
Every birth is special, but some births may be complicated. Our CHRISTUS Spohn South location houses a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) enabling babies to stay close to mom, even when they need special care. The Level III NICU is a 24-bed unit, located in the same facility as the CHRISTUS Spohn South Birthing Center. “We have a highly trained staff of neonatologists, neonatal nurse practitioners and other support staff on site 24/7 to provide round-the-clock care for our tiniest, most critically ill patients,” says Eva Serna, RN, labor and delivery nurse manager at South.
“We also have a thoroughly trained neonatal transport team, ready at a moment’s notice, that not only works in the Corpus Christi area but also travels to outlying communities, such as Alice, Beeville and Kleberg. Once activated, our specialized transport team travels to receive critically ill infants and bring them to South to receive state-of-the-art neonatal care.”
While our first priority is mom and baby, our birthing team also wants the experience to be the best possible for the entire family. “We want to provide an environment that meets the needs of the patient and her entire family by having highly trained nurses, physicians and staff who genuinely care for their patients,” says Lenora Sevcik, DNP, RN, director of women’s services, CHRISTUS Spohn South. “You’re our family when you’re here.”