For Your Unique Labor and Delivery Experience
Your life is changing — and a new life is beginning. Caring for you and family during this sacred time is our privilege and calling. Week by week, our caring obstetricians and other specialists provide expert care for you and your baby, from pregnancy education and support classes to labor and delivery to postpartum support. At AdventHealth Ocala, formerly Florida Hospital Ocala, we’re blessed to participate in nearly 2,500 miracles each year — each one unique, precious and world changing in its own way. You’ll find services and special touches to sooth and support you and your baby, body, mind and spirit — and to make your labor and delivery experience as safe, personal and comfortable as possible.
And Every Possibility
- Couplet Care
Studies show that infants who stay with their mothers cry less, have lower blood pressure, and have more stable temperature, pulse and respiration. In our couplet care program, you and your baby can remain together and receive postpartum support from the same nurse. Couplet care rooms have extra sleeping accommodations for fathers as well so you can both bond with and get to know your baby with caring support and personal attention.
- Newborn Nursery
Your baby will be safe in our newborn nursery when you need to rest and recover. Security measures include ID bracelets and an electronic card system, and your baby will only be given to you or your significant other. You are welcome to place a small, clean toy and pictures of parents or siblings in your baby's crib. You can purchase a professional photo of your baby or take your own.
Each morning, your baby's physician will examine and weigh your baby, and assess breathing, heart rate, temperature and activity levels. A blood test will screen for health issues, and you will receive a full report from your physician.
- Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
If your baby needs close monitoring and attention, our level II neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) is staffed 24 hours a day with specialized neonatal care nurses, as well as neonatologists provided through a partnership with the University of Florida College of Medicine. The NICU is designed to care for babies born at or after 32 weeks who weigh more than 3.3 pounds, as well as babies with certain health problems, including the need for short-term ventilator assisted breathing.
- Midwife Care
If you choose the traditional services of a midwife, we have midwives on call 24/7 through a partnership with Midwives of Ocala. Your midwife will be certified and a graduate of an accredited American College of Nurse-Midwives program. The midwife program offers:
- Family planning and birth control, and preconception education and counseling
- Gynecological exams, pap smears, breast examinations and routine physical examinations
- Perimenopause counseling
- Physician consultation and at-risk case management
- Prenatal care and postpartum follow up
- Lactation Services
Breastfeeding is natural and best for your baby — but it does take practice. Our board-certified lactation consultants and counselors work with nurses and physicians to ensure you and your baby’s breastfeeding success. We also offer a prenatal breastfeeding class, as well as a Warm Line (352-671-2164) in case you have difficulty breastfeeding at home.
- Pregnancy Education and Support Classes for New Parents
If this is your first birth experience, consider taking our pregnancy education and support class for first-time parents. A certified instructor will share information about what to expect during your last trimester, exercise, labor and delivery, breathing and relaxation techniques, postpartum care and newborn care. Evening and Saturday classes are available.
If you’re considering breastfeeding, we highly recommend our preparation for breastfeeding class. You’ll learn about how to get started, latching, breastfeeding challenges, pumping and storing milk, and breastfeeding after returning to work.
To learn more about living with a newborn, you can watch the Newborn Channel 24 hours a day, seven days a week, in our Women’s Center. This channel gives new parents useful advice on everything from car seats and fatherhood to comforting a crying baby and immunizations. AdventHealth Ocala does not endorse the advertisers or the advice given on the Newborn Channel.
To learn more about classes or to register, call 352-368-3474.
Share Your Birth Experience
Childbirth is a family event, and you’re welcome to include your closest loved ones. Each room has a pull out bed for you significant other, and you can include up to three loved ones in the labor and delivery room.