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Labor and delivery

Just as every baby is unique, so is every delivery. As your partner in care, we provide a customized birthing experience that begins long before your first contraction and continues well after delivery.

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Labor and delivery specialists in St. Petersburg, Florida

Selecting your child's birthplace is an exciting and important decision, and we do what we can to make that decision a little easier.

As a Blue Cross Center of Distinction in Maternity Care, our labor and delivery services at HCA Florida St. Petersburg Hospital include comprehensive, family-centered care before, during and after pregnancy. We provide a range of maternity services to help you feel supported, empowered and confident on your journey to motherhood.

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Maternity program and care

We are here for you and your for family throughout pregnancy, birth and beyond.

Our maternity services

Our maternity services include:

  • Beautiful, calming birthing center with private birthing rooms and postpartum rooms on a separate floor from the rest of the hospital units
  • Family-centered labor, delivery and postpartum care
  • Advanced OB/GYN services for each stage of pregnancy and new motherhood
  • Nationally recognized imaging services, including 3D and 4D ultrasounds
  • Fetal monitoring with centralized viewing at the nurses' station
  • Labor and delivery preview tours
  • Free classes for childbirth preparation, newborn care, sibling support and more
  • Breastfeeding support from lactation specialists
  • Nursing and midwife support for your choice of birth options
  • Cesarean section (C-section) delivery rooms
  • Complimentary certificate with infant's footprints
  • Secured unit for the safety of our patients and their babies
  • State-of-the-art infant security system

Labor and delivery tours

Our labor and delivery tours provide you and your family with a tour of our hospital's birthing center and maternity suites prior to your due date.

While on the tour, you will learn everything you need to know about your upcoming hospital stay. The tours also provide an opportunity to learn more about the childbirth experience and to ask any questions you may have.

We encourage you to bring your support person(s) with you for the tour.

Maternity classes

We are committed to supporting you and your family throughout pregnancy. One way we do this is by offering a range of free maternity classes to help prepare you and your loved ones for childbirth and newborn care. These classes cover:

  • Breastfeeding
  • Childbirth
  • Newborn care
  • Parenting

As with our labor and delivery tours, support partners are welcome at our maternity classes.

3D and 4D ultrasounds

We offer 3D and 4D ultrasounds to expectant mothers who are between 24 and 32 weeks of pregnancy. This technology uses sound waves to allow you to see your baby in great detail before they are born. 3D ultrasounds create high-quality images, and 4D ultrasounds capture motion.

3D and 4D ultrasounds provide information about your baby's fetal health and development. With 3D and 4D ultrasounds, you can:

  • Confirm your baby's gender
  • Listen to your baby's heart
  • See your baby's features in detail

We encourage you to bring your support person to your 3D and 4D ultrasound appointments.

What to expect at a 3D and 4D ultrasound appointment

We encourage you to bring family members and friends to your 3D and 4D ultrasound appointments. You may bring as many loved ones as you want, but our room comfortably fits four to six people at a time.

3D and 4D ultrasound appointments include:

  • 25 minutes of viewing time to watch and capture images of your growing baby
  • Five black and white prints and a USB or CD of the scan

If you are having multiple babies, or if you would like to have more time with our imaging technician, we provide an extended imaging option:

  • 40 minutes of viewing time to watch and capture images of your growing baby/babies
  • Eight black and white prints and a USB or CD of the scan

If you would like to schedule a 3D or 4D ultrasound, please call (800) 617-7095.

Labor and delivery

When the big day comes, we provide family-centered care throughout your hospital stay. Our private birthing suites offer ample space for your support partner, and our experienced staff focuses on your needs.

We respect your birth plan and support your preferences while prioritizing the health and safety of you and your baby. Our staff is dedicated to providing a safe environment for your family to welcome and get to know your little one. That's why your baby's first assessment takes place in your delivery room.

Postpartum care

After your baby is born, they are welcome to room-in with you. We are here to support your family and offer a safe, comfortable and private place to bond, with our attentive nursing staff nearby. However, our experienced nursery team is available to care for your newborn when you need to rest or care for yourself.

During this postpartum portion of your hospital stay, we help you begin your recovery and learn to care for your little one. Our lactation counselors are also available to help you and your baby learn to breastfeed, if you wish.

It’s our goal to provide the support and care you need so you feel empowered and confident when you take your baby home from the hospital.

Additional postpartum support

We understand life with a new baby can be both exciting and overwhelming, which is why we support you however we can after your hospital stay. To ensure you have access to the care you need, this support includes comprehensive women's services and gynecological care.

Breastfeeding support group

Our Breastfeeding Support Group  gives you the opportunity to meet other mothers and receive breastfeeding help from board-certified lactation consultants. During our support groups, we discuss benefits of breastfeeding, techniques and education.

You are welcome to bring your baby to the support group with you.

Postpartum depression support

Pregnancy and birth are wondrous and life-changing experiences. As such, many women experience the “baby blues” after birth, which may be described as feelings of sadness and fatigue. However, if these feelings last for more than a short time, it could be postpartum depression.

If you feel you may have postpartum depression, you’re not alone. Postpartum depression is common. In fact, about one in eight women report having postpartum depression symptoms.

We recommend talking with your OB/GYN or nurse if you experience postpartum depression symptoms, as they can help you get the support and resources you need to feel better. Seeking help is the first step to feeling like yourself again.

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