COVID-19 and Pregnancy
You and your baby’s safety are of the utmost importance to us here at UF Health. That is why we are taking appropriate precautions to ensure your safety.
- We will continue to enforce our ongoing protective measures
- We have designated separate labor/delivery areas for moms who may have come into contact with COVID-19 and those who have not.
Our desire is to keep all moms and babies as safe and healthy as possible during this time, using the highest level of resources and expertise.
Vaccination is key to stopping the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Learn more about the safety and efficacy of vaccinations for those pregnant and lactating.
When life begins here, you’re part of our family. Newly-renovated rooms, plus everything else you need for you and your baby’s care.
At UF Health Women’s Center, we are leaders in providing compassionate patient-centered care that is tailored for the needs of individual women and their pregnancies. Our comprehensive team of clinicians, nurses and staff are highly skilled experts and provide quality care for both the most normal and the most complex of pregnancies.
When you choose UF Health, we want you to have the best experience bringing your little one into the world. Beginning with prenatal care, we have multiple locations for your convenience. Appointments can be made at our UF Health Women’s Center – Medical Plaza, UF Health Women’s Center – Springhill, UF Health Women’s Center – Haile Plantation and UF Health Women’s Center – Ocala Heath Brook locations.
When it comes time to deliver, 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, you choose how to manage your labor and delivery. We offer various birth intervention options and encourage immediate skin-to-skin contact for you and your infant.
Having your baby at UF Health
Sensitive, state-of-the-art prenatal care and childbirth
- We provide individualized care in partnership with the woman and her family to ensure the most successful and personal outcome.
- Centering Pregnancy group prenatal care program offered to help reduce the risk of premature birth.
- Newly renovated rooms promote a tranquil birth environment complete with various amenities.
- Individualized approaches to labor – various levels of birth intervention available.
- Skin-to-skin contact between mom and baby is encouraged for the first hour of birth to calm baby, promote healing and enhance connection.
Skilled professionals providing mother and baby care
- A team of physicians, midwives and skilled staff are available to provide care for both routine and emergency conditions.
- Post-birth, pediatricians come to you to see baby and perform in-room tests so you are fully involved in their care.
- Certified lactation consultants and nurses to assist with breastfeeding, teaching techniques and helping mom learn what works for her and baby.
The teaching hospital advantage
Care is given at a variety of locations at UF Health. Delivery is at UF Health Shands Hospital, which is proud to be a teaching hospital. Medical knowledge changes rapidly, and we are dedicated to providing the most up to date, evidence-based knowledge. This is facilitated by having a team of attending physicians, fellows, residents and students, providing outstanding care by the level of knowledge and skill appropriate for a problem.
Immediate expert care for unexpected complications
- Obstetric and gynecologic professionals are available in the hospital 24 hours a day, seven days a week to answer questions and care for any unexpected problems.
- 24-hour obstetric anesthesiology coverage: An anesthesiologist is also present in the labor and delivery unit at all times and does not have to be called in to provide a labor epidural or help with an emergency cesarean.
- Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, or NICU, the highest level of neonatal care, to serve our most fragile patients.
Routine obstetric ultrasound
We believe all pregnant women should have the benefit of an ultrasound examination. Because of the specialized training and experience of our physicians and sonographers, we are experts in spotting problems with a pregnancy.
Many genetic problems can occur in women with no risk factors. For this reason, we provide the full range of genetic screening tests for low- and high-risk women. For those who are unsure of which test to choose or who have special risks for specific genetic conditions, we offer the opportunity for counseling by master’s-trained genetic counselors.UF Health Shands Hospital is one of just seven hospitals in the state of Florida to receive the Baby-Friendly designation, an international initiative that aims to improve breastfeeding support for new mothers sponsored by UNICEF.
UF Health Women's Center has a team of prenatal diagnosis specialists who can offer you a new perspective if you are expecting a baby with a known or suspected birth defect. Our maternal-fetal medicine team is internationally known for their expertise in prenatal diagnosis and ultrasound.
They provide you with comprehensive services that include:
- Levels I and II ultrasounds
- Genetic counseling
- Genetic screening
- Chronic villus sampling (CVS)
- Fetal heart monitoring
- Doppler flow studies
- Ultrasound of the Cervix
If needed, UF maternal-fetal medicine specialists are obstetricians with extra training and experience in high-risk pregnancy conditions, board-certified in both obstetrics and gynecology and maternal-fetal medicine. They provide special services, such as comprehensive obstetric ultrasound scans, prenatal genetic testing and coordinated care for those with other complex conditions,
We diagnose and treat these and other conditions using proven methods. Since we teach residents and students as well as care for patients, we stay up-to-date on the latest medical research.
Problems with Previous Pregnancies
- Recurrent miscarriage
- Incompetent cervix
- Preterm birth
- Premature rupture of membranes
- Birth defects in a prior pregnancy
- Multiple cesareans
- Bleeding problems
- DVT and pulmonary embolus
Medical Conditions in Pregnancy
- High Blood pressure
- Heart conditions in the mother
- Hyperemesis (excessive nausea and vomiting in pregnancy)
- Thyroid problems
- Connective tissue disorders (such as Ehlers-Danlos syndrome and Marfan syndrome)
- Kidney problems
- Nervous system disorders
Other High Risk Conditions
- Increased maternal age
- Twins and triplets
- Post-dates pregnancy
- Growth and amniotic fluid problems
- Placenta problems/ bleeding in pregnancy
- Birth defects
- Rh disease
- Uterine malformations
UF Health is Baby-Friendly.
UF Health Shands Hospital is one of just seven hospitals in the state of Florida to receive the Baby-Friendly designation, an international initiative that aims to improve breastfeeding support for new mothers sponsored by UNICEF.
As part of our Baby-Friendly designation, UF Health clinicians educate mothers on the importance of breastfeeding, providing excellent maternity care and achieving optimal infant feeding outcomes and mother/baby bonding. Breastfeeding has been shown to be one of the most effective preventive health measures for mothers and newborns. Families are profoundly impacted by hospital practices in the first hours of their baby’s life, and the UF Health staff wants to provide the care we know to be evidence-based, safe and of the highest quality. For more information about Baby-Friendly practices, visit babyfriendlyusa.org.
Pregnancy Care Providers
Browse our directory to find UF Health Physicians and other health care providers offering pregnancy care services.
Centering Pregnancy – Group Prenatal Care
UF Health offers a model of group prenatal care to help reduce the risk of premature birth. The UF Health Women’s Center – Medical Plaza is the only Centering Pregnancy site in North Florida.
Pregnant women who wish to participate in the Centering Pregnancy model are grouped by their due dates. After a standard visit to their provider, the women join a group during their fourth month of pregnancy and meet monthly for 1.5-hour sessions. During these sessions, the women receive all the components of individual prenatal care. The women and their provider also discuss birth and newborn care as well as overall health and stress management.
Potential participants must select their provider from within the group of approved providers at UF Health Women’s Center and be less than four months pregnant. To participate, call 352-265-6200.
OB-GYN: 352-355-1281, Reproductive: 352-265-2229