Almost two years ago I wrote the following post about why I felt women should consider going to an academic medical center for prenatal care. A lot has happened since then that I would like to share with you:
Most women would prefer a pregnancy without surprises. But that’s often not the reality.
Complications can and do arise when you are expecting. Twins are discovered, screening tests come back abnormal, or symptoms develop that are concerning to the doctor.
And the truth is, women with cancer get pregnant. Women with heart problems get pregnant. Women with organ transplants get pregnant.
We’re here to care for all those women.
As an academic medical center, UT Southwestern provides all your care, no matter what your circumstance. We perform high-level ultrasounds, offer genetic counseling, and coordinate care with doctors who have other specialties, all at one center. With electronic medical records, all your providers share information seamlessly. Patients have direct access to those records, and the system provides an easy, secure way to communicate with your physicians.
Academic medical centers make sense for patients who enjoy the security of knowing that, if they need help with an unexpected issue, a doctor with that expertise is available in the same hospital.
In addition, UT Southwestern is a learning environment for students and other medical trainees. This means we must stay current on new practices and continually scrutinize available treatments. UT Southwestern is known for its training program in obstetrics and gynecology. In fact, one out of every 50 Ob/Gyn medical residents in the United States trains at UT Southwestern and our program is one of the best in the nation.
Research is another component of academic medical centers. We understand concerns surrounding this topic, because no patient wants to be seen as just a possible research subject. It’s important to know that participation in research is voluntary. And, because research happens here, our patients may be offered new treatments unavailable elsewhere.
Perhaps most importantly, at an academic medical center, there is no decision process about which patients are considered high risk and which patients are considered low risk. All patients can expect the highest level of obstetrics and gynecology care.
There’s a lot of energy right now at UT Southwestern. We have a brand new hospital, and we have a growing clinical faculty practice to go along with our rich tradition of research and education.
Simply put, we have more expertise and resources, and that means the very best care for you. I invite you to come see for yourself what we have to offer.
Since opening the William P. Clements University Hospital we’ve continued to work to improve the patient experience during your stay. We have a wonderful group of experienced midwives who are available on Labor and Delivery and for help with postpartum care around-the-clock. Women are allowed more options to eat and drink during labor and “gentle C-sections” help reduce the anxiety of a delivery that happens in one of our operating rooms.
It seems we aren’t the only ones who feel that our UT Southwestern obstetricians and the William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital offer the best obstetric care in the area. Readers from DFWChild magazine have nominated Clements University Hospital as one of the “Best Places to Have a Baby in Dallas.” If you agree, please go to the DFWChild survey, select DallasChild (Dallas County), and vote for us!