Supporting the breast health of today's busy women, and the new lives they bring into this world, are two major focuses for the dedicated staff at Florida Hospital North Pinellas' Women's Center. Led by a specialized team of doctors, surgeons, nurses and therapists, our Comprehensive Breast Program addresses a wide range of breast health needs, including digital mammography, biopsies, mastectomy surgery and more. Beyond breast health, we provide expecting mothers with a highly experienced team of Labor and Delivery professionals, providing care in a comforting environment that allows mom to deliver her baby, and recover all in her own private room.
Labor & Delivery
At Florida Hospital North Pinellas, we know that childbirth—whether it’s your first time, or you’ve been down this road before—can be at once an exhilarating and anxious experience. Our Women’s Center not only has experienced health care professionals with the cutting-edge technology to help you at every stage in the process, but also is designed with your comfort and serenity in mind.
When you arrive in our spacious labor-and-delivery suites, you’ll enjoy a scenic view of either Lake Tarpon or the Gulf of Mexico outside your window. Each room has been furnished to foster a home-like atmosphere that allows you and your family to be perfectly comfortable while you’re here. Throughout the childbirth process, our staff is focused on your unique needs and preferences, from your wishes regarding pain control and anesthesia to choosing whether to breast- or bottle-feed. If you like, our dedicated nursing staff is always available to take care of your newborn in our nursery while you sleep overnight.
When planning your child’s birth, our singular goal is to listen to you and support your preferences, and our board-certified OB/GYNs, obstetrical nurses, neonatal nurse practitioners and a support team are specially trained to make your procedure, and your stay, are as comfortable and happy as possible. That’s why our patient satisfaction rate is in the 95th percentile nationwide—we go out of our way to put you at ease.
As with other programs at Florida Hospital North Pinellas, you can make same-day appointments at The Women’s Center, the only accredited center of its kind in the area. For a referral to one of the OB/GYNs at The Women’s Center, give us a call today at (727) 943-3600.
The Women’s Center offers state-of-the-art, comprehensive obstetrical services tailored to each patient’s individual needs. These services include:
- Childbirth education: Our comprehensive childbirth education program is there to meet the needs of first-time, as well as experienced parents. Call our 24-hour registration line (727) 943-3600 for information about our childbirth education classes or to schedule a tour of our world-class birthing center.
- Labor and delivery: Our birthing suites are designed to take Mom and baby from labor to delivery to postpartum all within the same room—making your time with us easy and hassle-free. Your nurse and doctor will closely monitor your progress and have fully equipped surgical suites and anesthesiologists standing by 24 hours a day.
- Cesarean section: There are many reasons a C-section may be necessary. These include the failure of labor to progress, fetal distress and medical conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure or placenta previa, in which the placenta covers all or part of the cervix. Nearly all C-sections are performed while the mother is awake, with her husband or support coach nearby. A tent separates the surgeon from Mom and her coach, and the anesthesiologist is there to manage pain. Most moms are able to bond with their babies right away after a C-section, just as they would after a normal delivery. In addition, if you’re anticipating a vaginal birth but the need arises for an emergency C-section, we have highly trained staff members immediately available to ensure a safe and timely delivery.
- V-BAC (vaginal birth after cesarean): There are several medical factors your OB/GYN will consider to determine if you are a candidate for a V-BAC. Classic incisions are most likely to rupture during a V-BAC, so women with these types of incisions from previous births are often advised against a V-BAC. The best candidates are women who had low, transverse incisions (a side-to-side cut made on the lower part of the uterus). Research indicates that the further along a woman was during her first labor when she needed a C-section, the less likely it is that she’ll have a successful vaginal birth during her second labor. In addition, if you’re carrying a larger baby, your doctor may determine that a V-BAC is too risky. Also, doctors will typically not induce labor for a V-BAC.
- Lactation support: Lactation support is available at any point during your stay. Feeding patterns, proper latch-on, basic positioning and breast care helps new moms make successful breast-feeders. Breastfeeding has been shown to have positive and long-lasting effects on the health of new babies.
- Web nursery: Direct your friends and family to our online Web nursery, where they can see a picture of your new baby 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
- Hydrotherapy: During the labor process, mothers can relax in a warm bath, helping them to ease the pain associated with labor and lower the elevated blood pressure often associated with labor.