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The UF Health Birth Center offers the personal start-to-finish bedside care of midwives, who stay with the mother from labor to birth and beyond. In the rare occasion that a mom-to-be will need hospital service, there will be an ambulance available on site at the UF Health North complex. The midwife will travel to the hospital and continue assisting the family, which is a one of a kind service in Northeast Florida.

The center offers:

  • Family-centered prenatal care for low risk women
  • 24/7 midwifery service call
  • Consult and/or collaboration with UF Health Maternal and Fetal Medicine
  • Personal midwife and birth assistant/labor support throughout active labor, birth and postpartum
  • Hydrotherapy and water birth
  • Birth center birth with private suite including heated spa tub and shower
  • Use of family living room and kitchenette
  • On-site ambulance with transfer services to UF Health Jacksonville as needed
  • Continuity of care with CNM for hospital birth if needed or desired
  • Newborn assessment
  • Postpartum care
  • Family planning
  • Well woman care
  • Childbirth and wellness education, with referrals to community resources such as doulas, classes, photographers, chiropractic care, etc.

The guidelines of the center are simple — it is offered to women with low-risk, normal pregnancies. An ongoing risk assessment is completed during each visit.

“This is something a lot of women want, and we want to provide it for them, but we want to do it in the safest way possible. Cindy Williams is probably the best person in the country for this position because she’s a licensed midwife, she used to be a labor and delivery nurse, and she was the nurse manager of our research division.”

 

Guy Benrubi, MD, FACOG, UF College of Medicine – Jacksonville senior associate dean for faculty affairs and chair of obstetrics and gynecology