Your Delivery Your Way – at UF Health North

At UF Health North, expectant mothers have greater options when it comes to delivering their babies. The campus is home to the region’s newest, most advanced hospital that includes a Labor and Delivery Unit. Located in the outpatient medical office building next door, is the UF Health Birth Center.

While the settings and services are different, they share a common purpose: to provide a comfortable, supportive environment for mothers and babies.

So how do you know which place is right for you? You decide:

  Labor and Delivery Unit UF Health Birth Center
Description Twelve private, spacious suites designed to maximize expectant mothers’ comfort during their birth experience. Operating rooms for planned and unplanned cesarean sections are also located on the unit. The latest birthing techniques are available, such as gentle C-sections. Provides a midwife-guided birth experience in a homelike setting. Physicians do not provide services in the Birth Center. If a transfer to the hospital is needed, midwives go to the Labor and Delivery Unit and continue to manage the patient’s labor.
Which types of providers work in each practice? Physicians, certified nurse midwives, anesthesiologists and neonatologists. Certified nurse midwives and licensed nurse midwives.
How long do moms stay after delivering? Mother and baby will be discharged 36 to 48 hours after vaginal delivery or 48 to 72 hours after a C-section. Mom and baby will have a same-day discharge if both are healthy. The midwife stays in close contact over the next few days and will come to the family’s home for the required postpartum checkup. A midwife call line is available 24/7 for mothers who have questions or concerns after discharge.
Are water births available? Some labor and delivery suites have hydrotherapy tubs to relieve pain while patients labor. Providers hope to offer water births in the future. Yes. Each birth center suite features a large heated tub for water births.
What pain management options are available?
  • Aromatherapy
  • Epidurals
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Hypnobirthing
  • IV medications
  • Labor balls
  • Music
  • Acupressure
  • Aromatherapy
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Hypnobirthing
  • Labor balls
  • Massage
  • Music
  • Sterile water papules
  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, or TENS
  • Water immersion
Who can deliver here? Women under the care of UF Health providers may deliver their babies in UF Health North’s Labor and Deliver Unit. Women under the care of UF Health Birth Center midwives may deliver their babies here. The center only accepts patients with low-risk pregnancies who want to use nonpharmacologic pain relief methods during labor. The Birth Center does not deliver twins or breech newborns, and mothers must be between 37 and 42 weeks at the time labor starts, have no hypertension or diabetes and no history of C-sections. They must have a pre-pregnancy BMI of less than 40.
Are C-sections available? Yes, traditional C-sections and gentle C-sections are available. No.
Is vaginal birth after cesarean, or VBAC, available? Yes. No.
Can doulas be present for deliveries? Yes. Yes.
Where is it located? The unit is located inside the UF Health North hospital. The center is located inside the UF Health North medical office building.
Can I take a tour? Visit North.UFHealthJax.org/babytours or call 904-427-8687 to register for a tour. Visit North.UFHealthJax.org/birth-center or call 904-427-6378 to schedule a tour.
Where can I learn more? Visit North.UFHealthJax.org/babies or call 904-427-2260 for more information. Visit North.UFHealthJax.org/birth-center, email birthcenter@jax.ufl.edu or call 904-427-6378.