Ascension Sacred Heart

Be ready for birth, baby, and beyond

Maternity care teams at Ascension Sacred Heart are here to deliver the care that's right for you and your baby.

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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 
  • Neonatal intensive care unit (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.

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.

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

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Ascension Sacred Heart Emerald Coast hospital provides labor and delivery services to women in Northwest Florida.

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. 

START AN ONLINE CARE VISIT

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. 

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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.

Balancing care with caution

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. 

Frequently asked questions

Why should I see an OB-GYN?
We are committed to delivering specialized care for women at every age and stage of life. Our OB-GYNs and care teams specialize in caring for the health of women — specifically pregnancy and female reproductive health. Our women's health specialists are committed to building a trusted partnership that starts with a conversation between you and your doctor. We’re ready to help answer questions you may have. From there, we work together with you to create a personalized care plan that addresses your individual needs. 

What services do I need for my maternity care? 
Our trusted team of doctors, nurses and specialists deliver high-quality care for you and your baby based on your health and preferences. We take the time to answer your questions, understand your preferences and discuss birthing options available. Our care team wants to make your birth experience as memorable, comfortable and safe as possible. We offer many personalized services, including breastfeeding support, prenatal care, labor and delivery care, postpartum care and more. We can deliver care that’s right for you and your baby. 

What postpartum care options are available? 
Our nurses and postpartum specialists are here to give you complete support after you give birth. Our postpartum care provides continuous family-centered care to enhance bonding. We help monitor and support any changes such as mood swings, difficulties urinating, and getting steady on your feet. Along with pain management, including C-section scar management, we ensure that you get the rest and nutrition you need. Before you go home, we give you helpful daily exercises and guidance for adapting to everyday activities. We also offer breastfeeding support to help you provide adequate nutrition for your baby.

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Our facilities are currently taking precautions to help keep patients and visitors safe, which may include conducting screenings, restricting visitors and practicing distancing for compassionate, safe care. We continuously monitor COVID-19 guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and adjust our safety practices and safeguards accordingly.

Whether you need help understanding options or deciding on your preferences, Ascension Sacred Heart is here to help you create your ideal birth experience. We offer a birth designer to each mom-to-be at no cost. By meeting with our birth designer, women have access to special amenities like aromatherapy, birthing balls, natural birthing suites and celebratory meal packages. Your designer listens to understand your unique needs and supports you with: 

  • Planning a personalized delivery experience 
  • Education for first time moms 
  • Coordinating services for high-risk moms before the day of delivery 

To schedule an appointment with a birth designer, call 850-416-6378 or fill out the form below. 

Personalize your experience with our birth designer

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