Your baby's birthday is one of the most important days of your life, and you want it to be perfect.

Led by certified nurse midwives, the UF Health Birth Center is a unique addition to the community for mothers who prefer a natural birth experience. The Birth Center differs from the labor and delivery unit by offering a homelike environment for expectant mothers to give birth. It’s the only practice of its kind associated with an academic health center in the region, and is located in the medical office building next door to the hospital.

That is why the UF Health Birth Center has listened to midwives and mothers-to-be and created a unique center offering a comfortable, calming, homelike environment where mothers can give birth in a soothing setting with their loved ones and family around them.

Birth centers have a different philosophy on childbirth: it is viewed as a natural part of life and not as a sickness or illness.

While the center may not be for all expectant mothers, it fills a deep void here in Northeast Florida, empowering moms-to-be with more control over their birth experience.

UF Health North provides access to advanced technology, like the area’s first open MRI, with design features that enhance patient comfort. Natural light, which studies associate with healing, bathes patient care areas and more unexpected places, like the emergency room, radiology department, perioperative units and the outpatient surgical suites. The calming design, influenced by the marshlands of Northeast Florida, includes rooftop green spaces, vistas and interior gardens.

The center, tucked away inside the UF Health North medical complex, features birth suites with the look and feel of a comfortable home. Adjoined to the suite is a heated spa tub where mom can relax, labor and give birth if she chooses. There is also a cozy family area where family and friends are encouraged to come and share the birth experience.

Birth Center Director Cynthia Williams, ARNP, CNM, is a long-time member of the Jacksonville midwifery community and of the UF Health Obstetrics and Gynecology department. She and her team of licensed midwives and UF certified nurse midwives are accepting applications for deliveries.

For more information, please email or call 904-427-6378.

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UF Health Birth Center
15255 Max Leggett Parkway
Suite 4600
Jacksonville, FL 32218

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