Dell Children’s first baby born in the Specialized Labor and Delivery Unit


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.

Photos by L. Brent Gilmore / Hello & Co. Photography

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, the swelling of one or both kidneys. Dr. Moise, Dr. John Harkins, Chief Medical Officer at Seton Family of Doctors and the NICU team, cared for Shelby and Paisley.

The Specialized Labor and Delivery 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.