At Ascension Sacred Heart, our maternity care team starts by listening to you to deliver care that’s right for you and your baby. Our OB-GYN doctors and nurse practitioners specialize in women’s healthcare, at every stage of life. We don’t just deliver babies at our Maternity and Women’s Center. We deliver personalized care before, during and after pregnancy. From prenatal, pregnancy and birthing care to childbirth classes and breastfeeding support, we provide healthcare close to home. If you need a women’s health doctor, we can help.
To talk to a birth designer, please call 850-416-6378.
A birth plan with options
Our OB-GYN doctors and pediatricians are here to support you and your baby. No pregnancy is the same. With 24/7 OB and anesthesia coverage, our hospital maternity care team is responsive to your labor and delivery needs. At Ascension Sacred Heart, we provide family-centered birth Maternity and Women’s Center, with home-like comforts. Working together, we help deliver a memorable birth experience.
- Birthing options, including natural birth with certified nurse midwife and without epidural
- High-risk pregnancy care, with offices across Northwest Florida
- Area's only level III neonatal intensive care unit for babies born premature or critically ill
- Down the hall from Northwest Florida's only children's hospital, helping our team be prepared for the unexpected
A personalized birthing experience
Our personalized birth experience program, Monogram Maternity, begins during your pregnancy. You can meet with a birth designer, who will ask you questions about your pregnancy and your labor and delivery preferences. Then, a birth designer will show you a list of services available to you. Your birth preferences may include your wishes for pain management and medications, room setup, visitors and support people, movement during labor, positions and amenities. Amenities available to you through Monogram Maternity include:
- Doula services
- Birthing balls
- Tub (for labor, not delivery)
- Celebratory meal
We take the time to listen to you, so we can meet your wishes to the best of our ability. Please know that the health and safety of mom and baby are always our priority. Your physician and maternity care team may need to deviate from your plan to keep you and your baby safe.
For information about delivering at Ascension Sacred Heart, visit our Frequently Asked Questions.
We're ready for the unexpected
Our OB Emergency Care Center has the experience and special care you and your baby needs. We are the only local hospital in the area with an obstetrician onsite 24/7. Our OB Emergency Care Center provides care for pregnant women experiencing premature labor or other distressing symptoms. This service ensures that women who are in labor or who are experiencing complications are seen right away by an in-house, onsite board-certified OB-GYN.
If your baby needs intensive newborn care, be assured our Level III NICU is onsite and rated for providing a high level of intensive newborn medicine to critically ill babies. Our connection to The Studer Family Children's Hospital at Ascension Sacred Heart gives you access to a network of 120 pediatric doctors across 30 specialties. And, we’re the area's only "Baby Friendly" hospital by the World Health Organization and UNICEF.
What to Expect with Childbirth during the Coronavirus Pandemic
While many aspects of life have changed during the coronavirus pandemic, Ascension Sacred Heart remains committed to supporting you at every step of your childbirth. We have protocols
in place to ensure you have a safe delivery during this time.
Understandably, many expectant mothers have questions about how the pandemic will affect their labor and delivery. To help put your mind at ease, click here to view a PDF of answers to some of frequently asked questions that we've received.
Birthing suites for natural delivery
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.
Along with our midwife program, these birthing suites mean 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.