Prenatal doctors in Port St. Lucie
The Birthing Center at St. Lucie Medical Center provides a comforting, private experience for you to bring your new baby into the world. Our specialists are here throughout your entire pregnancy to ensure you and your growing baby receive all the care and attention needed prior to birth.
For professional answers to your pregnancy and childbirth questions, please call our Consult-a-Nurse® team at (772) 742-9060.
We want all expectant mothers planning to deliver at The Birthing Center to feel prepared and safe when arriving to our hospital for her labor and delivery. In addition to providing you and your unborn baby with superior prenatal care, our goal is to help you feel confident and assured when the big day comes.
Patients may schedule a tour of The Birthing Center at St. Lucie Medical Center prior to childbirth by calling our main hospital number at (772) 335-4000, ext. 3540.
Choosing a prenatal care provider
Pregnancy is an exciting time, and the right obstetrician makes all the difference in a new mother’s experience.
Many women select a gynecologist who also practices obstetrics (called an OB/GYN) for their prenatal care. This can simplify the process, since the doctor and patient will already be familiar with one another. However, if your gynecologist doesn’t practice obstetrics, it may be necessary to find another doctor.
A great place to start is asking for referrals from family, friends and other trusted healthcare providers.
If you know you want to deliver at St. Lucie Medical Center, call our Consult-a-Nurse® team for a physician referral at (772) 742-9060.
After gathering a list of potential obstetricians, think about other aspects of your pregnancy that can impact your healthcare needs during pregnancy:
- Medical history—If you have a pre-existing medical condition, such as diabetes, epilepsy or hypertension, you may need special care during pregnancy. Ask each prospective obstetrician about experience with any specific health conditions. If you are at a particularly high risk for complications, you may want to seek a perinatologist or choose a doctor who has privileges at a hospital with a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).
- Compatibility—Comfort and communication are key. Does the doctor make you feel comfortable asking questions and answer your questions thoroughly, no matter how trivial they may seem? Does the doctor’s presence put you at ease and make you feel more confident about your pregnancy and delivery?
- Delivery preferences—Some doctors are strong advocates for natural childbirth, while others are more open to working with mothers who may want medical interventions, like an epidural. Discuss your preferences, and gauge the doctor’s support of those choices. Ask how comfortable the doctor would feel if a midwife or other support staff assisted during labor. Ensure that the obstetrician willingly supports your delivery preferences.
- A single doctor or practice—Using an obstetrician who is the sole doctor in the practice means building a closer relationship. However, it could also mean that prenatal visits get cancelled if the doctor is called to the hospital, and that someone else ends up delivering your baby if your doctor isn’t available. Meanwhile, using a practice with multiple physicians may mean less intimate relationships, but a greater likelihood of a familiar face during delivery.
- Hospital preferences—Every hospital has different services. Some may not have an anesthesiologist available 24 hours a day, while others may have dedicated maternity wards with a full complement of support staff, like lactation consultants or childbirth educators. Research hospitals near you, and weigh your options. Then look for an obstetrician who has privileges at the hospital where you want to deliver.
Prenatal breastfeeding class
At St. Lucie Medical Center, we offer a two-hour prenatal breastfeeding course to introduce expectant parents to breastfeeding benefits and techniques. We encourage both mothers and their chosen support person to attend this class together.Register for Prenatal Breastfeeding Class
What to bring to the hospital for labor and delivery
Because babies have a timetable of their own, we suggest you have an overnight bag packed and ready to go well in advance of your due date. Some of the items you may want to bring include:
- Nightgowns, underwear and nursing bras
- A comfortable robe and slippers
- Personal items, like a favorite pillow
- Toiletries and cosmetics
- A comfortable going home outfit for you and your baby
- Important phone numbers and information such as your Social Security number
- An approved infant car seat