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Welcome to the Family Birth Place. This is a special place where couples become families, where children become big brothers and sisters, and where a family-friendly environment can make all the difference in the world.

Family-Centered Maternity Care

At the Family Birth Place, we believe pregnancy and birth are very important events in the life of a family. Our approach to maternity care revolves around you and your family’s needs during this special occasion. Each baby is unique, and your experience should be too.

We recognize that this exciting time is filled with great expectations and many questions. We are dedicated to meeting your expectations with our state-of-the-art facilities and our experienced, committed and compassionate staff.

Our Family-Centered Maternity Care philosophy recognizes the importance of the new relationships and responsibilities that come with having a child. The goal of Family-Centered Maternity Care is to obtain the best possible outcomes for all members of the family.

Family Birth Place Design
Designed with the whole family in mind, the Family Birth Place houses four spacious, private labor-delivery-recovery suites, one labor-delivery-recovery-post-partum suite, six private post-partum suites, a newborn nursery, education classrooms, a family waiting area and additional support services.

Personalized Care
The mission of the Family Birth Place at Sacred Heart is to provide a high quality childbirth experience, including an environment that fosters family unity without compromising safety; an emphasis on education that supports women and their families from early pregnancy through early parenthood; and guidance through the many choices women and families make during their birthing experience. As a new mother and a new family, this is your experience. With the guidance and full-support of our healthcare team, you will decide how to make it the right experience for you.

Labor & Delivery Care
Whenever the mother wishes, family and friends are encouraged to be present during the entire hospital stay, including during labor and delivery. Women have a variety of options available to help them with the childbirth experience. Natural techniques available at the Family Birth Place include walking during labor, hydrotherapy, birth balls, squatting bars, breathing techniques, aromatherapy, massage and music. Epidural and medication options are also available, in addition to a mix of complimentary therapies.

Mother-Baby Care
Mothers are the preferred caregivers for their infants, but Family-Centered Maternity Care does not expect you to care for your infant alone. When Mother-Baby Care is implemented, the same nurse cares for the mother and baby couplet as a single family unit, integrating the whole family into the care.

Teachable Moments
To begin building relationships, mothers are encouraged to keep their babies in their rooms at all times. With your baby in your room, you will be there to see all of the baby’s “first’s” and will come to understand your new baby’s personality and needs. Teachable moments include everything from the baby’s first bath to the baby’s first check-up and what to do when the baby cries.

Baby Lounge
As part of Family-Centered Maternity Care, mothers are encouraged to spend as much time with their baby as they wish, unless medical conditions require otherwise. The Baby Lounge at the Family Birth Place is available 24 hours a day as an option to all mothers.

Breastfeeding can be one of the most enjoyable and special experiences for a new mother, and the health benefits for both mother and baby are significant. Breast milk is the perfect food for a baby as it contains everything a baby needs to thrive, including water, proteins, fat, carbohydrates, minerals, vitamins and antibodies that protect your baby’s health.

While breastfeeding is very natural, it is a learned skill for a new mother and baby, which is why mothers often have questions about the process. A dedicated Lactation Consultant and our highly-trained nursing staff can provide lactation support 24-hours a day to provide you with helpful information and recommended techniques to make breastfeeding easier for you and your baby. Breastfeeding classes and support groups are also available at the Family Birth Place.

Sacred Heart Women's & Children's Hospital
Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast is very fortunate to have the full-support of Sacred Heart Women’s & Children’s Hospital in Pensacola, which houses the region’s only Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Sacred Heart Children's Hospital has a partnership with Nemours Children's Clinic, providing highly experienced pediatric physicians with more than 15 subspecialties for children's care. Our experienced team provides care to children of families throughout Northwest Florida and South Alabama. In addition, these pediatric specialists see patients at the Medical Office Building at Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast every Thursday and Friday, providing a seemless link to the special care some children require.

Thank You from Our Family to Yours

Thank you for choosing the Family Birth Place at Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast. We consider it a privilege and an honor to assist, counsel and care for expectant mothers, fathers and their families, while sharing with them the Miracle of Birth.

The Family Birth Place offers weekly tours of the facility on Monday evenings at 6:00p.m. The tours are limited to 12 people and reservations are required. Please call the Family Birth Place welcome desk at (850) 278-3676 to join a tour.

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