Please welcome Paisley, she’s Dell Children’s first baby born in the Specialized Labor and Delivery Unit on July 7, weighing in at 8 pounds and 20 inches long. She was delivered via C-section and Paisley and her mother, Shelby, are doing great.

The family lives in Stephenville, about one-hour southwest of Dallas Fort Worth. Shelby was referred to Dr. Kenneth Moise, Jr., who serves as Director of the Comprehensive Fetal Care Center at Dell Children’s at 24 weeks. Shelby’s unborn child was diagnosed with hydronephrosis. Dr. Moise, Dr. John Harkins, Chief Medical Officer at Seton Family of Doctors and the NICU team, cared for Shelby and Paisley.

“I had a really great experience with Dr. Moise and his team. They made us feel right at home and provided peace of mind to me and my family during this stressful time,” said Shelby.

The unit is designed for moms that are considered low risk, whose babies have been diagnosed with a complex fetal or congenital condition who will be able to deliver and recover in the same hospital where their newborn will receive specialized treatment and care. This allows for mothers to deliver in the same hospital where her newborn will receive immediate specialized intervention not available at other hospitals. Care for mom and baby during pregnancy, delivery of the baby, and care of the baby after birth can happen all in one place.

Through this unit, babies will have access to the Dell Children’s Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) immediately following birth and will have access to the widest variety of pediatric specialists and specialty programs in the region.

The Comprehensive Fetal Care Center is a clinical partnership between Dell Children’s Medical Center and UT Health Austin, the clinical practice of the Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin.

* Photos kindly provided by L. Brent Gilmore / Hello & Co. Photography

The Comprehensive Fetal Care Center is already transforming care for our community. There is no better time than now to make an investment in Dell Children’s leading advanced service lines. We invite you to make a gift supporting Dell Children’s HERE Campaign for growth today so more stories like Paisley’s are made possible.