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Prenatal care

Pregnancy is a special time, and it requires specialized prenatal care. We are here as your child grows and develops, to ensure both of you remain healthy throughout your pregnancy.

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Prenatal care providers in Florida

When you're expecting, we know you have one priority during pregnancy—to keep you and your baby happy, healthy and safe.

At HCA Florida Physicians, a statewide network of providers, we share that same priority. Our prenatal care providers support you throughout your pregnancy, answering your questions, meeting with you regularly and helping you feel confident as you approach your due date. We consider it a great privilege to care for you and your baby. That's why we are dedicated to doing whatever we can to help you on your pregnancy journey.

Prenatal care services

We provide comprehensive care for all types of pregnancies. Some of our prenatal offerings include:

  • Fetal monitoring
  • Genetic testing and counseling
  • Gestational diabetes care
  • High-risk pregnancy care
  • Obstetrical ultrasounds
  • Personalized birth planning
  • Preconception care
  • Prenatal screenings and tests

High-risk pregnancy care

Our maternal-fetal medicine specialists, also called perinatologists or high-risk pregnancy doctors, have years of experience caring for pregnant women with high-risk pregnancies.

Whether you are carrying multiples or have a complex condition that needs monitoring, these doctors help you and your baby stay well throughout pregnancy.


Prenatal appointments

Routine appointments with your prenatal care provider are an important way to make sure you have a healthy pregnancy. Early on, these appointments occur about once a month, then they increase in frequency as your pregnancy progresses.

During prenatal appointments, your vital signs will be checked, and your provider will listen to the baby's heartbeat. At certain visits, we may take a blood sample, perform a glucose test and offer the option to test for indications of any chromosomal abnormalities.

Additionally, your provider will track your baby's development through ultrasounds and by measuring your belly's growth.


Birth planning

Your prenatal appointments are also your opportunities to discuss your birth wishes with your provider and begin creating a birth plan. Use these appointments to ask your provider any questions about pregnancy or labor and delivery, so you can consider your childbirth preferences.


Maternity classes and hospital tours

The hospitals our providers are affiliated with for labor and delivery offer maternity classes and hospital tours through the hospitals' prenatal care programs

The maternity classes, ranging from topics like breastfeeding 101 to childbirth preparation, are designed to help prepare you for childbirth and newborn care. Additionally, the hospital tours provide an opportunity for you to get acquainted with the facility at which you'll deliver your baby.

Classes and tours are led by childbirth educators. These professionals are additional resources to you, and they are happy to answer any questions you may have.


Our prenatal care providers

Pregnancy is an exciting time, and the right prenatal care provider will make all the difference in your pregnancy and childbirth experiences.

At HCA Florida Physicians, our prenatal providers have the expertise, qualifications and credentials to provide the expert care you and your baby deserve.

To ensure you receive the type of care that is right for you, we offer different types of prenatal providers. Each type of provider is integrated into our network, ensuring you have access to additional care, if needed.

OB/GYNs

An OB/GYN is a gynecologist who also practices obstetrics. Many women partner with an OB/GYN for their gynecologic needs, which can simplify the prenatal care process since the doctor and patient are already familiar with one another when the pregnancy begins. However, if your gynecologist doesn’t practice obstetrics, you will need to find a provider who does.

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Midwives

A certified nurse midwife (CNM) is trained in women's health and obstetrics. This type of provider can care for and support you throughout your pregnancy, labor, delivery and recovery, consulting with an OB/GYN when necessary. You may be interested in midwifery care if you prefer a more natural or low-intervention childbirth experience.

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High-risk pregnancy doctors

Maternal-fetal medicine specialists specialize in caring for women with high-risk pregnancies. This doctor partners with you and your prenatal care provider to provide advanced testing, screening and monitoring if you have a high-risk pregnancy. In some cases, the maternal-fetal medicine specialist may be your sole prenatal care provider.

Find a high-risk pregnancy doctor