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Pregnancy and Care During Labor & Delivery

UF Health is here to support you and your little one with newly renovated birthing suites, a full team of midwives, specialty-trained experts, lactation consultants and programs to support you from pregnancy to postpartum.

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Bringing You the Best Experience as You Welcome Your Little One

When life begins here, you’re part of our family. We offer newly renovated rooms, plus everything else you need for your and your baby’s care.

Whether you’re starting or expanding your family, we want you to have the most memorable experience bringing your child into the world. At UF Health Shands Hospital, we are leaders in providing compassionate, patient-centered care. We offer the full spectrum of pregnancy care from the most normal to the most complex, tailoring to the needs of individual women and their pregnancies.

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Ready to deliver

When it comes time to give birth, our newly renovated labor and delivery rooms encourage an environment of comfort and peace with various amenities, including wireless monitoring, soaking tubs, a couch/chair for spouse/support persons, a large flat screen television and more. At UF Health, moms choose how to manage their labor and delivery. We offer various birth intervention options and encourage immediate skin-to-skin contact for you and your infant. Complementary valet parking is available to pregnant patients and their driver for Triage visits and on the day of delivery.

Midwifery program

UF Health delivers an exceptional midwifery practice to the community. Midwives at UF Health aim to serve patients with hands-on, personalized and compassionate care tailored to the individual. Our midwifery program offers a number of services available throughout a woman’s pregnancy journey, including:

  • Pre-pregnancy counseling
  • Prenatal care
  • Addressing and remedying discomforts of pregnancy
  • Nutrition consulting
  • Childbirth planning
  • Trial of labor after a cesarean delivery (TOLAC)
  • Labor and delivery support
  • Postpartum care
  • Breastfeeding support
  • Annual gynecologic wellness exams
  • Vaginal infection mitigation

Maternal Fetal Care Program

There are sometimes factors that lead to more focused and specialized pregnancy care. If you are diagnosed with conditions, such as preeclampsia or gestational diabetes, or if a high-risk pregnancy is a possibility, you are in good hands with the experts at UF Health’s Maternal Fetal Care Program. The program is home to specialists across disciplines, including neonatology, maternal fetal medicine and pediatric surgery, among others, and care is delivered at the highest caliber.

Pregnancy symptoms

Fatigue, morning sickness and unusual food cravings are all symptoms commonly associated with pregnancy. However, each stage of a woman’s pregnancy brings different hormonal changes, challenges and the need to make lifestyle adjustments. Be sure to reference UF Health’s list of common pregnancy symptoms and best practices to ensure you’re feeling your healthiest during this exciting journey.

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Patient Education

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Community and Patient Programs: Pregnancy and Care During Labor & Delivery

Our community and patient programs provide great value to patients, families and loved ones. People can find support, educational materials, expert consultants and more. In most instances, these programs are offered free of charge.

News and Patient Stories: Pregnancy and Care During Labor & Delivery

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