Pregnant women desiring a natural childbirth have greater access to care thanks to the launch of a midwife service, as well as natural birthing suites at Ascension Sacred Heart Pensacola.
To schedule an appointment with our midwives, please call 850-416-6384.
Private birthing suites are available, designed for women expecting low-risk births. The Maternity and Women’s Center offers three rooms with tubs to be used in labor, as well as a selection of birthing balls, bars and other comfort aids. Specially trained obstetric nurses focus on methods of pain control including massage, breathing techniques, position maneuvers and aromatherapy.
The midwife program and birthing suites means that women in our community who choose to have a natural, low-intervention birth can also have the peace of mind that comes with having specialized doctors and nurses prepared for emergency care just down the hallway. These services bring a new option for pregnancy and childbirth care, combined with the level of safety that can come from the area’s only OB Emergency Care Center, the region’s only Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and the only local hospital with an onsite obstetrician 24/7.
Women wishing to utilize the birthing suites are asked to talk to their healthcare provider and schedule an appointment with Ascension Sacred Heart’s birth designer, who meets with patients to learn about their labor and delivery preferences, including wishes for pain management and medications, room setup, visitors and support people, movement during labor, positions and amenities. The birthing suites are available for patients of Ascension Medical Group midwives and OB/GYNs, as well as any community OB/GYN with delivering privileges. To learn more or schedule a birth design appointment, call 850-416-6378.
For information about delivering at Ascension Sacred Heart, visit our Frequently Asked Questions.