Maternity care in Northwest Florida | Ascension
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Get personalized pregnancy care in NW Florida

Maternity care teams at Ascension Sacred Heart are here for you. From OB-GYN care and pregnancy, to birthing and beyond.

There’s no one-size-fits-all when it comes to having a baby. And no one knows your body better than you do. Your preferences are important. That’s why the conversation between you and your OB-GYN, midwife, birth designer and nurse matters. Your care team at Ascension Sacred Heart in Northwest Florida, starts by listening to you. As you share your questions, concerns and expectations, we listen to understand you. We take this partnership seriously. And we want you to feel comfortable.

From the very beginning, we talk through the choices that are right for you and your baby. You’ll be supported by a team that will provide the care you need — from childbirth classes to breastfeeding support and more.

Pregnancy and birthing care for expecting families

Pregnancy is a special time for you and your family. Your care team works together to provide specialized care before, during and after your delivery. And, if you need advanced care for a high-risk pregnancy, we’ll help connect you to the right specialists. Get all the care you need, including:

  • 24/7 emergency room for pregnant women
  • Breastfeeding support
  • Childbirth classes
  • High-risk pregnancy care
  • Labor, delivery and postpartum care
  • Maternal-fetal medicine and neonatal specialty care
  • OB-GYN and prenatal care

Ascension Sacred Heart midwifery care

If you prefer to choose a midwife for your care, our certified nurse midwives work alongside your care team in Pensacola to provide:

  • Care during labor and delivery
  • Emotional and mental health support
  • Postpartum care
  • Prenatal care for pregnancy, birthing and breastfeeding

After your delivery, we can connect you and your baby with additional care, if needed.


Talk with a birth designer about your delivery options

Having a care team that understands you is important. Your birth designer at Ascension Sacred Heart Pensacola helps you understand your choices and decide on your preferences to personalize your birth experience. Support services are provided at no cost to you and include:

  • Childbirth and childcare classes
  • Coordinated care and appointments for high-risk pregnancy
  • Planning for a personalized delivery experience


Advanced care for high-risk pregnancy

Not everyone will need more care during their pregnancy, labor or delivery. But if you do, we are ready to provide you and your baby with extra care. Our maternal-fetal medicine (MFM) specialists work with your OB-GYN to deliver care for high-risk pregnancies and other health concerns, including high blood pressure, diabetes, heart problems and genetic disorders. Satellite outreach clinics across Northwest Florida and South Alabama offer outpatient consultations, as well as genetic and preconception counseling. Your care team will also work with you to help manage your condition after delivery. Our Level III neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at our Pensacola campus and our Level II NICU on our Emerald Coast campus deliver critical care to premature newborns.


Pediatric care for your baby

Your growing family is our priority. By choosing Ascension Sacred Heart to deliver your baby, you can establish a relationship with a pediatrician that starts at birth. You can have confidence knowing you are connected to a network of specialists who deliver primary care for infants. And you have access to a wide range of pediatric subspecialty services through the Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Ascension Sacred Heart, Northwest Florida’s only children’s hospital - which is here for you anytime.


Take a tour or attend a childbirth class

At Ascension Sacred Heart, we’re here to answer your questions and provide support throughout and after your pregnancy. During your first prenatal check-up, your OB-GYN or certified nurse midwife can tell you about support services and childbirth classes that are available to you. By taking childbirth classes, you can learn more about your birthing options and what to expect.

Choose one of the hospitals below to see what in-person tour and class options available:

Watch our On-Demand Video Series

Paragraph under header- With our demand videos you can take a closer look at the maternity care at Ascension Sacred Heart to find out how we put your needs first to provide a personalized experience. Tour our birthing centers, learn about our comprehensive maternity and pediatric care, and meet the care teams who will understand and support you and your family.

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Certified safe sleep hospital

Your child's safety is our priority. Studer Family Children's Hospital is certified as a National Safe Sleep Hospital by Cribs for Kids®, meaning we follow the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) guidelines for safe sleep.

We’re Baby-Friendly to help you meet your breastfeeding goals

Ascension Sacred Heart and Ascension Sacred Heart Emerald Coast are designated as Baby-Friendly hospitals. A Baby-Friendly designation ensures that mothers and babies receive the highest standards of infant feeding care in the first few days of a child’s life. Staff are trained in breastfeeding techniques, mothers and healthy babies stay together after birth and breastfeeding classes and lactation consultants are provided.

Ascension Sacred Heart


Talk with a lactation consultant, call 850-416-6379.

Ascension Sacred Heart Emerald Coast


Talk with a lactation consultant, call 850-278-3995.

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