Obstetrics and Maternity Services

OB and Maternity Services Close to Home

In Southeast Wisconsin, Ascension’s six Hospitals have personalized, high-quality obstetrics and birth services for all types of families.

SE Wisconsin Maternity Birth Services

Each year one out of every three babies in Southeast Wisconsin is born at an Ascension Hospital. That’s more than 7,500 babies  born at one of our six Ascension Southeast Wisconsin hospitals. Our OB and Maternity care team delivers more than babies — we deliver an exceptional family experience with trusted, compassionate care.  We assess your medical, emotional and family needs to give you the highest level of care when you need it. Prenatal education starts at the first appointment.

Let’s Get Started

Our maternity care team includes highly experienced, board-certified OB-GYN doctors. Our experienced nurses are passionate about what they do and specialize in prenatal care, education and birthing services.  We strive to be the “best choice” for mothers and growing families. If health concerns arise, we have the expertise, state-of-the-art technology, and skill to treat all types of maternal-fetal and newborn conditions — from low-risk to high risk — close to home. 

The Safety of Mother and Baby is our Priority

Throughout your pregnancy, if you need different levels of care, we have that within the Ascension Southeast Wisconsin health system: 

  • Normal, healthy pregnancy and prenatal care
  • Natural birth, labor and delivery options
  • Personalized birth options for your medical and emotional needs
  • Management expertise of high-risk pregnancies
  • Newborn medical care on site, including special care nurseries and Level III NICUs

Personalized Maternity Services

“We do low-risk and high-risk maternity, labor and delivery, and postpartum care really well. That matters because women want assurances that their care team is ready for any situation throughout the pregnancy.” – Matthew Lee, MD, OB-GYN, Medical Director, Ascension SE Wisconsin, OB and Maternity Services

Ascension Southeast Wisconsin Hospitals with high-risk OB-Maternity services, Level III NICUs, and caring for women experiencing all types of pregnancies:

  • Columbia – St. Mary’s Milwaukee, Women’s Medical Center and Perinatal Assessment Center
  • St. Joseph Hospital and Perinatal Assessment Center
  • All Saints Hospital, Racine

Local Ascension Hospitals with OB-Maternity Services and Special Care Nurseries for women in normal, healthy pregnancies:

  • St. Francis Hospital
  • Columbia – St. Mary’s Ozaukee Hospital
  • Ascension SE Wisconsin Hospital – Elmbrook

If your baby has been identified with a fetal health concern, our OB-GYN doctors and maternal-fetal medicine (MFM) doctors specialize in diagnosing, treating and managing conditions that may affect the labor and delivery and long-term health of the mother and baby. This team coordinates care with your primary care doctor and puts preparations in place for your labor and delivery. If your baby needs neonatal intensive care, we have board-certified neonatologists and an intensive care team that specializes in newborn medicine at our three Level III (NICUs).

Specializing in High-risk Pregnancies

If you are in a high-risk pregnancy, our doctors and nurses specialize in managing health concerns at every stage of the pregnancy, including:

  • High blood pressure in pregnancy (preeclampsia)
  • Pre-term labor
  • Diabetes and pregnancy
  • Multiple gestations (twins, triplets)
  • Pregnancy after age 35

Even with all the preparations in place, we know this type of pregnancy is stressful. Our Maternity and NICU care teams are known for their compassionate and personalized attention to the entire family. 

A Family-centered Birth Experience

“Our doors are open to every type of family. We are inclusive of all types of pregnancies including traditional and non-traditional family units. With compassion and skill, we are here to help you have an exceptional birth experience.”  

If you are experiencing a healthy, normal pregnancy, all six of our Ascension Southeast Wisconsin hospitals offer personalized birth experiences. The safety of mom and baby are paramount. Our experienced nurses are trained in the HANDS program (special training to improve all aspects of quality of care for safe labor and delivery).

Our private labor, delivery, and recovery suites are WI-FI friendly with comfortable furniture for your partner and support group. 

In labor and delivery, our anesthesia specialists, nurse practitioners, and certified nurse midwives are very experienced at guiding you through a vaginal birth, even if you had a cesarean section with your other children. Natural, holistic labor and delivery options are also available:

  • Birthing balls
  • Hydrotherapy tubs
  • Squatting bars

Postpartum Care and Family Time

We encourage immediate post-birth, bonding. Our lactation consultants are available before, during and after to help you with breastfeeding and baby’s feeding schedule. 

The best way to take care of your baby is to take care of yourself, before and during pregnancy and after the birth. Ascension Wisconsin offers many types of women’s health services. Talk to your doctor about healthcare services that fit the needs of you and your growing family.

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