Induction Process

Introducing a new patient induction process

Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women has implemented a new induction process to provide a better birth experience overall for you and your family.

Rather than waiting at the hospital, you will now wait in the comfort of your home until a labor and delivery bed is available for your scheduled induction.

This new process is intended to optimize patient flow and the use of bed space in both Labor and Delivery and the Women’s Assessment Center (WAC), which will reduce wait times. In case induction is unexpectedly delayed or canceled for the day, we would like to minimize disruption and maximize comfort for expecting families by allowing them to wait at home.

Notification procedure

We understand communication is key in all aspects of patient care, especially in the final stages of pregnancy. We will communicate with you in two ways, through phone calls and through MyChart, our online patient portal. Below is the process we follow to schedule your induction.

  1. You and your physician will discuss estimated induction dates.
  2. Your physician will then contact the scheduling department requesting the discussed induction dates.
  3. When a date is selected, the initial verification will come from your physician’s office as the nurse will call with an approximate time. A notification will also be sent out via MyChart. If you do not have a MyChart account, then the notification will be printed and handed to you at your next appointment.
  4. The day before your scheduled induction, the Clinical Nurse Coordinator (CNC) will call you to address any questions you may have and provide instructions regarding when to come to the hospital.
  5. The day of your induction, the charge nurse will call you an hour before to notify you when your nurse and bed are available. Note: we will take into consideration the distance you live from the hospital and will notify you earlier the further away you live.

What if there are delays?

Every effort will be taken to achieve your target admission date and time, but unanticipated delays may occur. If there is a delay, the CNC will inform your physician and notify you via a phone call with the rescheduled time. The OB hospitalist in charge will review induction schedules several times per day and make adjustments as necessary. Medically indicated induction requests have priority over elective requests.

This new process will benefit patient families, nursing and medical staff as we strive to enhance the overall experience for both our patients and providers.

What if I have any questions?

If there are any questions, please feel free to call 832-826-3984 and ask for the Clinical Nurse Coordinators between 8 am and 4 pm, Monday through Friday.

If you are calling after hours or on the weekend, please call the Labor and Delivery Unit at 832-826-3950 to speak to the charge nurse regarding the induction.