Expert prenatal care in Miami, Florida
At Mercy Miami Hospital, our comprehensive prenatal services are designed to keep you healthy and informed while you're pregnant. We provide expert, compassionate care throughout your pregnancy and offer access to parenting courses and guided services to ensure you feel confident and prepared for childbirth.
To schedule a maternity tour, please call Mercy Hospital at (305) 854-4400.
Prenatal care services
We understand the concerns and excitement of expectant moms and dads, especially first-time parents. Through our prenatal care services, Mercy offers a variety of important and informative classes for parents-to-be so that they feel comfortable when they arrive on the big day. Services we offer include:
Routine appointments with your OB/GYN are an important way to make sure you have a healthy pregnancy. Early on, these appointments are about once a month, then increase in frequency as your pregnancy progresses.
During prenatal appointments, your vitals will be checked and your OB/GYN will listen to the baby's heartbeat. At certain visits, a blood sample may be taken, you will do a glucose test and you will have the option to test for indications of any chromosomal abnormalities. Your doctor will also track your baby's development through ultrasounds and by measuring your belly's growth.
Prenatal appointments are your opportunity to ask your OB/GYN any questions about your pregnancy or labor and delivery and to discuss a birth plan that works for you.
Some women will experience a pregnancy that is considered high risk by their OB/GYN. Our high-risk pregnancy specialists, called perinatologists, work with your OB/GYN to provide additional, specialized care and birthing plans to ensure a safe pregnancy and delivery for mother and baby. Some factors that can cause a pregnancy to be high risk include:
- Maternal age (over 35 or under 17 years old)
- Being pregnant with multiples (twins, triplets, etc.)
- Complications with prior pregnancies or instances of miscarriage
- Health conditions from before pregnancy, such as high blood pressure, heart issues and diabetes
- Health issues that occur during pregnancy, such as gestational diabetes and preeclampsia
- Potential birth defects in the fetus
- Being extremely overweight or underweight during pregnancy
- Going into premature labor
Our labor and delivery unit has been recently renovated to ensure the best possible experience for mothers during childbirth. Expectant parents are encouraged to take a tour of the labor and delivery and other maternity units to make sure they are familiar with the facilities.
You can call (305) 860-5220 to schedule a tour at your convenience.
Our caring staff understands that expectant parents have many questions about the pregnancy process, as well as childbirth. Mercy offers a wide variety of childbirth classes to help parents prepare for this exciting time. Some of the prenatal education courses we offer include:
Childbirth preparation workshops
Preparing for childbirth, particularly for first-time parents, can be both a wonderful and overwhelming experience. Our specially trained staff offers two options for childbirth preparation workshops:
- Workshop package—Our workshop package includes our single Saturday workshop plus an infant CPR class, a prenatal breastfeeding class and a tour of the maternity department.
- Single workshop—Our single workshop includes a Saturday childbirth preparation class with a tour of the maternity department.
Although all parents hope to never have to use CPR on a child, infant CPR can be an invaluable tool when having a newborn in the home. It allows parents to take quick action during a breathing or cardiac emergency. Our infant CPR class, taught by certified specialists, will include step-by-step instructions on how to perform infant CPR.
Prenatal breastfeeding classes
Prenatal breastfeeding classes will provide an abundance of information with an emphasis on overcoming difficulties, calming the newborn, understanding newborn feeding cues and information about breast pumps. Partners are strongly encouraged to attend as well. You will learn the following about breastfeeding:
- The advantages and disadvantages of breastfeeding
- What to expect within first couple of weeks
- The anatomy and physiology of lactation
- The components of breast milk
- The different types of breast feeders
- How the baby will latch-on and positioning
- How to know if your baby is getting enough to eat
To register for a maternity class, please view the class schedule and sign up on online, or call (305) 285-2770.