Texas Ten Step Program

OakBend Medical Center’s labor and delivery unit in Fort Bend County has taken a giant step towards improving the health of newborns and infants by earning the Texas Ten Step Program facility designation from the Texas Department of State Health Services. The Texas Ten Step Program encourages breastfeeding as the preferred method of feeding for newborns and infants. OakBend joins a growing number of Texas birth facilities that are supporting new mothers through breast-feeding initiatives, skin-to-skin time, and letting mothers room in with their babies after birth.

Rooming In

At OakBend Medical Center’s labor and delivery unit in Fort Bend County, we don’t take your baby away unless it is medically necessary. This practice promotes bonding and contact with the newborn which enables you to learn your baby’s responses and behaviors. Babies who stay with their mother breastfeed more frequently and have more opportunity for skin-to-skin time. This improves your confidence and prepares you for your new role. These goals aim to confer lifelong health benefits for women and their babies.

Returning Home

Please be prepared to be discharged by 12:00 noon on your discharge day. You will need to install the infant car seat in the vehicle that will be taking you and your baby home on discharge day.

Breastfeeding helps protect your baby from:

  • Asthma
  • Allergies
  • Childhood Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Diarrhea
  • Ear Infections
  • Eczema
  • Respiratory Infections
  • Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)

Breastfeeding lowers your risk of:

  • Breast Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Ovarian Cancer
  • Postpartum Depression

Breastfeeding has several advantages:

  • Promotes bonding between mother and child
  • Saves up to $5000 a year on formula costs


Hear From Patients:

“During my delivery at OakBend, everybody met my needs, as well as my new son’s needs and my husband’s. I noticed my husband was treated better than other places. Nurses always came in and checked on us. If you needed something they were right there.” – Shelby H.

“Pamela was just amazing, very caring and loving as well as educative. Thanks again Pamela for make it it worthwhile.” – Labor and Delivery Patient

“Melodia was such a joy and support. Not only was she helpful, she did everything with a smile and took time to make me laugh.” – Labor and Delivery Patient


OakBend Labor & Delivery

Williams Way Hospital Campus
22003 Southwest Freeway
Richmond, Texas 77469
Childbirth Education Department: 281-238-7888