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Ascension Sacred Heart

Here for you with compassionate, safe birthing care

Having a baby is one of the most special moments of your life. That's why maternity care teams at Ascension Sacred Heart are here to support you and answer your questions.


Birthing locations with personalized options

At Ascension Sacred Heart Pensacola and Ascension Sacred Heart Emerald Coast, our care teams provide exceptional care, close to home. Working together, we can help deliver a memorable birth experience.  

  • High-risk pregnancy care, including maternal-fetal medicine and neonatal care 
  • NICU for babies born premature or sick 
  • Specialty pediatric care connected to Studer Family Children's Hospital

Connected to pediatric specialists

When you have your baby at Ascension Sacred Heart, have confidence knowing you are connected to a network of specialty pediatric care. At Ascension Sacred Heart in Pensacola, we're right down the hall from Studer Family Children’s Hospital, and have office locations across Northwest Florida. 

And, we're the region's only children's hospital, with the most advanced NICU. Our pediatric care teams treat even the most complex conditions, close to home, with doctors and specialists who live and work along the Gulf Coast.

Important milestone for you and your baby: By choosing Ascension Sacred Heart to deliver your baby, you can establish a relationship with a pediatrician that starts at birth. We have a wide network of trusted Studer Family Children’s pediatricians across Northwest Florida.

About Ascension Sacred Heart

In Florida, Ascension operates Ascension Sacred Heart based in Pensacola and Ascension St. Vincent’s based in Jacksonville. Together, Ascension Florida operates seven hospitals and more than 100 sites of care and employs more than 10,000 associates. Serving north Florida for more than 145 years, Ascension is a faith-based healthcare organization committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, with special attention to persons living in poverty and those most vulnerable. Ascension is one of the leading non-profit and Catholic health systems in the U.S., operating 2,600 sites of care – including 151 hospitals and more than 50 senior living facilities – in 20 states and the District of Columbia. Learn more about Ascension and Studer Family Children's Hospital.

Choose a maternity care team that’s right for you

We understand that choosing the right care team for the delivery of your child is an important decision. At Ascension Sacred Heart, we deliver personalized care before, during and after pregnancy. From prenatal, pregnancy and birthing care to childbirth classes and breastfeeding support, we provide care close to home in Pensacola and Northwest Florida.

Our goal is to support you throughout pregnancy and birth within a safe and caring environment. At our Pensacola hospital we provide the freedom and flexibility of midwifery care with the safety and security of a hospital birth.

Now more than ever, we understand that getting the care you need as safely as possible is top of mind for you and your family. We're taking safety precautions to help keep you and your family safe, while our commitment to compassionate, personalized care remains unchanged.

Ascension Sacred Heart ob/gyn provider with expecting mom.







Ascension Sacred Heart hospital in Pensacola provides labor and delivery services to women.
Doctors and care teams at Ascension Sacred Heart are connected to specialty pediatric care at Studer Family Children's Hospital.

Advanced care, if you need it

Not all women need specialized high-risk care for their pregnancy. But if you do, Ascension Sacred Heart care teams who specialize in maternal fetal medicine (MFM) are here for you.

Keeping moms and babies healthy: From chronic health conditions such as diabetes, to pregnancy and fetal concerns, we’re here to provide care that’s right for you, and your baby.

We’re ready for the unexpected: If a baby is delivered prematurely or experiences complications, pediatric specialists are available to provide advanced care in special care nurseries or neonatal intensive care units (NICU) at Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Ascension Sacred Heart.

  • Baby Friendly Hospital
  • Lactation consultants and breastfeeding support
  • Specialty pediatric care connected to Studer Family Children's Hospital
  • Level II NICU for babies born premature or sick 






Ascension Sacred Heart Emerald Coast hospital provides labor and delivery services to women in Northwest Florida.
  • Only hospital in the area with an OB onsite 24/7 
  • Down the hall from Northwest Florida's only children's hospital, the Studer Family Children's Hospital at Ascension Sacred Heart 
  • Level III NICU
  • Certified nurse midwives
  • High-risk pregnancy care, including maternal-fetal medicine and neonatal care
  • Complimentary birth design services available to help customize your delivery experience and hospital stay

Holly: Quick action saved her baby
While in labor, her baby's umbilical cord prolapsed, a very rare and serious issue. Her Ascension care acted quickly and decisively to deliver her baby just six minutes after they identified the issue. 

Allie: Excellent communication after birth of twins
Allie never anticipated one of her babies would end up in the NICU, but she felt that her son was in such good hands and appreciated the excellent communication from the nursing staff. 

Caitlin: A long labor and a great nurse by her side
Caitlin's labor was long, and a very devoted nurse stayed over her shift by three hour to provide Caitlin with the support she needed during her delivery. 

Leah: Living a miracle 
When unexpected complications turned Leah's birthing experience into an emergency, her Ascension care team remained calm and safely delivered her baby. 

My birth experience story

Sarah: Treated like family
Sarah felt like her Ascension care team was very accommodating and celebrated with them. They were treated like family and it made all the difference in the world.

Shanelle: Making decisions
Shanelle's birthing experience made her feel at ease and comfortable, knowing that the care team placed a priority on her preferences for a birthing experience.

Chloe: Lifelong friends
After Chloe has delivered, her premature baby needed to stay in the NICU. During that time, she and her family became lifelong friends with the nursing staff. 

Allison: Trusting her decisions
Test results for Allison's baby showed possible Down Syndrome. Her Ascension doctors listened to her and trusted her decision about additional testing. 


Out of concern for health and safety, classes and events will be rescheduled. Learn about our COVID-19 response at ascension.org. Talk to a doctor 24/7 with Ascension Online Care. Use code HOME for a discounted $20 visit. 

Compassionate care means safe care. At Ascension Sacred Heart, our commitment is to keeping you and your family safe while you’re receiving care in our ERs, hospitals, clinics and facilities. We have strong safety precautions in place--such as limiting visitors, staggering appointments, rearranging waiting rooms, making more online appointments available and performing rigorous procedures to clean and disinfect. Don’t delay getting the care you need at this time. 

Balancing care with caution 

Get the care you need now. We are fully prepared for your safety when you're in our care.


A holistic approach to maternity care 

Pregnancy, delivery and postpartum care is not one-size-fits-all. Each woman has their own needs - from emotional support and education to birthing preferences and postpartum care. Our certified nurse-midwives start by listening to you, to get to know you. Then, we deliver the care that's right for you.

If you prefer midwifery care, our certified nurse-midwives work closely with your primary care doctor. If additional care is needed during pregnancy or birth, OB-GYNs and other specialists are on-site at our women’s hospitals and birthing centers to provide the care you need.